Cleaning an area rug

Cleaning an area rug

Cleaning a hand-knotted rug requires special care to avoid damaging the delicate fibers and colors. Here are the general steps you can follow to clean your hand-knotted rug:

  1. Vacuum the rug: Begin by vacuuming the rug on both sides to remove any loose dirt or debris. Use a vacuum with a beater bar, but make sure it's not too powerful to avoid damaging the rug's fibers.

  2. Spot clean stains: If there are any stains on the rug, use a clean white cloth to blot the stain as soon as possible. Do not rub the stain, as this can push it deeper into the fibers. Use a mild detergent and water to clean the stain, and then rinse the area thoroughly with water.

  3. Shampoo the rug: Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water and use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the rug in sections. Make sure not to over-saturate the rug with water, as this can cause the colors to bleed. Rinse the rug thoroughly with clean water until all the soap is removed.

  4. Dry the rug: Use a clean towel or squeegee to remove excess water from the rug. Hang the rug to air-dry, making sure to keep it out of direct sunlight or heat. Rotate the rug occasionally to ensure even drying.

  5. Professional cleaning: If your rug is heavily soiled or has stubborn stains, it may be best to seek the help of a professional rug cleaner.

Remember, it's important to take good care of your hand-knotted rug to ensure its longevity and beauty. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding spills or stains can help keep your rug looking its best for years to come.