Are you placing potted plants on your Persian or Oriental rug? Are you folding it when storing? How about placing it in direct sunlight? Or sticking it under your dining room table and never moving it…..for years?
If so, let us make some suggestions.
Take a look below for seven things you may be doing to the rug that could be harming it (who knew?).
- Placing live potted plants on the rug.
The plant is in a pot and you never drip any water on it, so what’s the problem? The pot! Pots can leak. Even if the pot is placed in a plate to catch water and wayward clumps of dirt, water and dirt can – and will – find their way to your carpet, possibly eventually causing mold/mildew damage, or even water damage. Have you ever seen a hole in a fine Persian or Oriental rug that was caused by water damage? It’s not pretty, and repairs can be costly.
- Putting the rug in full sunlight.
We suggest showcasing your rug in a controlled lighting setting where you can still show off its vibrant colors and gorgeous design. Don’t leave it in direct sunlight for long because the sun’s rays in no time can fade the natural dies used to color the wool. Sunlight also can weaken the rug’s fibers, so much so that holes could appear – again, a not-inexpensive repair project.
See if you can place the rug in an area not directly brightened by the sun. If not, get some curtains that block the sun’s damaging rays and close them when the sun is at its brightest. You also should rotate the rug routinely so that any fading will be even.
- Placing the rug in high-traffic areas.
Again, we understand completely your desire to actually use the rug. As in, placing it on the floor where people will walk on it.
But do you have to place it in a hallway where everyone walks? Or in the family room? If so, at least remove it every now and then so that the rug can recover. Make sure to rotate it regularly so that one end doesn’t become more worn than another. Vacuum and clean it regularly.
- Speaking of vacuuming: your vacuum’s beater brush.
It is important to vacuum your rug regularly. Doing so removes sharp micro dust, dirt and moth larvae before real damage can be done to the rug’s fibers. But when you do so, don’t use the machine’s beater brush: simply use the vacuum’s suction attachment to gently disturb and suck dirt up.
- Combing its fringe.
Sure, it looks relatively to comb any knots out of the rug’s fringe, but you could end up damaging the fringe’s natural fibers. Instead, to unknot fringe that’s clumped together, take one end of the rug and carry it toward the other end, flipping the rug over (end to end). Flipping the entire fringe side will straighten it all out. You can shake the rug gently to help the process along.
- Folding the rug to store it.
Do this and you’ll notice creases appear when you go to unfold the rug! And these creases will be hard to “remove” because the weft and warp of the rug is now creased. Always roll a rug to store it. Wrap it in clean cotton fabric and place it in a climate-controlled space (not too humid or too dry) on top of a table (never on the floor). Always lay the rolled rug on a table or other elevated service; don’t stand it up on one end.
- Surface washing the rug.
Using a shampoo machine as carpet cleaning companies do just surface washes your rug. Professional Persian rug cleaners such as our company instead use a six-cycle hand wash and drying process. It’s possible to try to clean a hand-knotted Persian/Oriental rug yourself at home, but it can be quite problematic, especially if the rug is large because once wet it is hard to properly remove water before its colors run. In addition, mold could grow on the rug.
Instead, take your beautiful work of art to a professional such as Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. We have the expertise to clean your rug gently but thoroughly, ensuring it will continue to bring beauty to your home.
Contact us at at 972-447-9600.
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