Genuine Persian rugs have little in common with new carpets and in some cases are very valuable. The problem with a valuable rug or carpet is they are prone to damage with age and, sometimes, by accident or abuse. The daily care of your Persian rug determines to a large extent how valuable it will remain or become. With certain precautions and regular cleaning, your Persian Rug can retain its original appearance and increase in value for life and beyond.
Some common problems will devalue your carpet quickly, such as water damage, insect damage, pets, stains, improper suction, aggressive chemicals, and other issues. Proper care to avoid these harmful effects, combined with sensible action when spills or stains occur, will protect your carpet from the ravages of wear and tear.
Here are some tips to take care of your Persian Rug:
• Caring for your rug is as easy as vacuuming regularly with the suction cup to remove dirt from the surface. When using the brush, only a minimum amount of dirt is removed, while the strips are destroyed quickly, and more surface wear is caused.
• If liquids or food are spilled, wash them as soon as possible before settling them. This helps prevent the formation of mold and mildew. Niels Larson from Persian & Modern Rugs says to avoid the use of detergents, as they will degrade the dyes and interrupt the long-lasting color of your carpet. Contact a carpet cleaning specialist for help or advice on stain removal.
• Pet urine can be very harmful: keep your Persian rug away from high-risk situations whenever possible. Not only does it cause unpleasant odors, but it can also stain your carpet permanently. Immediate action is essential, and it is recommended that you consult a professional cleaner if this happens frequently or if you change an old rug.
• The padding of your rug will prolong life the useful life and protect your floor in case of accidental spillage. Use non-slip pads and promote the exchange of air between your carpet and the floor. They should also be designed so that dirt will settle on the floor and the back of the carpet will not be damaged.
How do you determine if your carpet needs to be cleaned? You can lift each corner and kick the back of the carpet if you see a cloud of dirt, then the carpet needs to be cleaned. It can be responsible for the amount of dirt you see on the carpet: dust and wool fibers are normal.
Deciding how to clean your carpet is also important. You can do it yourself or clean it professionally, but professional cleaning is recommended to avoid damaging the carpet. Look for a specialist who is qualified and experienced in cleaning Persian handmade rugs. Hand-knotted carpets should never be chemically cleaned, or steam cleaned, otherwise dyes may deteriorate.
Avoid stains and then receive good advice or professional help in your treatment can help preserve the life and value of a hand-woven rug. Well maintained, a rug only improves with age.