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How to Care for a Silk Persian Rug

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Detail of a silk Persian brocade rug. Notice how vibrant the colors are.

Silk is actually a very strong fiber. It is used in Persian and Oriental rugs because it is also elegant and alluring. When cleaning a silk rug, the problem is not so much with the material as with the dyes. You need to be careful that the dyes do not bleed.

The best way to care for your silk rug is by regular light cleaning and spot cleaning when necessary.

It is also important to know that silk rugs stain easily, so you want to avoid putting the rug where there is a lot of foot traffic. Also, if there is a lot of walking on the rug, the color could fade and the embroidery could be damaged (you may, therefore, want to hang a Persian/Oriental silk rug on a wall). Once the damage has occurred, there is no way to repair it. You also want to avoid using any abrasive cleaner on the rug, which can damage it as well.

You can dust this type of rug with an ordinary broom or vacuum. If you use a broom, however, you want to sweep lightly over the rug to avoid damage. When using a vacuum, use only the head without a brush. Again, a brush may cause damage to the rug.

If you spill something on the rug, you need to clean it up as soon as possible. If the stain is allowed to dry, it may become impossible to get out. If there is solid material on the rug, watch that you do not scrape too hard to remove the material, as this could harm the rug also.

To remove a liquid spill, use a clean, white cloth and blot the stain to remove as much of it as you can. Then use a gentle cleaner to take care of the rest. Some people use club soda on their rug to remove stains. To do this, pour the club soda onto the rug, and then blot it dry. Another cleaner that can be used is a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water.

You also want to keep the rug away from anything hot, as this may harm the rug. You shouldn’t use a hair dryer to dry any liquid on the rug, and avoid using hot water when cleaning the rug. And you should never use chemical cleaners on the rug, which can damage the color and texture.

To give your silk rug a thorough cleaning, which should be done regularly, you need to take it to a professional rug cleaner. They have the knowledge as well as the specialized equipment and cleaners to properly clean the rug without damaging it.

If you have silk Persian or Oriental rug you need cleaned, we urge you to bring it to a professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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The Pros and Cons of Silk Persian Rugs

Silk rugs are among most beautiful and collectible of rugs. They can be a good choice to make, provided they do not have to bear heavy foot traffic, and you have the budget to buy one of them. They can transform just about any room. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of silk pieces.

Pros

  1. Appearance

Silk Persian rugs are among the most beautiful works of art. Much of the reason for this has to do with the fiber itself. Silk really is one of the strongest of fibers. And it is this strength that allows weavers to make such intricate designs, with knot counts that can be three to four times as high as those of other rugs.

And, again, because of the strength of the fiber, these rugs are generally thinner than other rugs, more flexible, and more colorful. They are the most valued of all carpets.

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Tree of Life Persian Qum silk rug.

Another quality of this fiber is the way it reflects light, a property that gives it a real luster or sheen. It is a great reflector, so much so, in fact, that as you walk around a rug made of this material, it can look lighter or darker in spots, depending on how the fibers lie.

  1. Craftsmanship

Because there are many more knots per square inch, and the patterns and designs on silk pieces are much more intricate, they require more skilled weavers working together to make one.

  1. Durability

Because silk fiber is so strong, these works of art do not usually lose their shape, as sometimes happens with wool rugs. They also do not disintegrate with age as a cotton rug may (cotton is used for the foundation of wool rugs), and so these rugs last much longer than other types.

Cons

  1. Expense

Because of the time and work involved and the quality of the material, silk rugs can be three to four times the price of other Persian pieces. Some of the most expensive rugs sold at public auctions have been made of this fiber.

  1. Cleaning

As you can imagine, these valuable rugs need to be cleaned carefully – only by a professional who really knows what he or she is doing. They are not the easiest to clean. In fact, experts recommend that you establish a maintenance schedule for the rug as soon as you buy it.

  1. Fraud

You have to be careful when buying silk pieces. Some unscrupulous dealers, mostly overseas, will pass off artificial viscose rugs as the real thing. So, do your research, and make sure you are working with a reputable dealer when buying your rug. In fact, some experts discourage people from buying rugs outside the country.

These knockoffs are made with synthetic fibers, such as rayon. They have a feel that is similar to silk, but often when cleaning these rugs, their colors run profusely.

If you have silk rug and need it cleaned, contact the cleaning professionals at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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