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One Cleaning Tool You Should NEVER Use on a Persian Rug

For the most part, vacuuming a Persian rug is a good thing. It prevents the dirt from working its way down into the rug, where it can add up and cause damage. However, you need to be careful with the type of vacuum you use.

You want to avoid a vacuum that has a rotating brush attachment, or beater bar. These powered brushes work well on common machine made rugs, but on an Oriental or Persian rug, the brush rakes across the pile and can do damage. You especially want to avoid using such brushes on the fringes of these rugs because the brush will shred the fringe. Often, the longer threads of the fringe get caught up in the brush and chewed up.

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A vacuum cleaner that uses suction only to pick up dirt is the best kind to use on a Persian or Oriental rug.

When you vacuum your rug, it is best to simply use the nozzle, or with some single-piece attachment. We also recommend vacuuming your rugs often. This is because these rugs are usually wool and are more loosely constructed, which means they can hold a lot of dirt – a pound per square yard before they even begin to look dirty. If you don’t vacuum often, these particles can make their way down to the base of the rug, rub against the fibers and cause wear on the rug.

For thinner woven rugs, those with a short pile or no pile, some rug experts simply use the upholstery attachment to their vacuum cleaner. Again, you want to avoid using the power brush.

Before you turn on the vacuum, you want to figure out which way the pile is running. To do this, simply run your hand over the rug to ascertain in which way the rug’s pile points. You can easily feel if your hand is going with the grain of the pile or against the grain. When you vacuum, you want to go with the grain, using short strokes.

On heavier pile rugs you can probably run the vacuum over the rug, but again, you should avoid using the beater brush. You especially need to avoid the beater brush if the rug has any areas where it is buckling.

No matter how well or how often you vacuum your Oriental or Persian rug, you also should have it cleaned professionally at least every couple of years. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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6 Maintenance Tools No Persian Rug Owner Should be Without

Persian and Oriental rugs are gorgeous works of art. However, unlike sculptures, paintings, ceramics, etc., they are not delicate – these rugs are incredibly sturdy and can take just about anything you can throw – or spill – on them…for decades!

Still, the better you care for them the longer they’ll last, and the longer they’ll stay looking as fantastic as the day you bought them.

Read below for six maintenance tools anyone who owns a Persian or Oriental rug should have.

  1. Make sure you vacuum your rug regularly (as in monthly, at least). But don’t use your vacuum cleaner’s beater bar, just use the suction tool. This helps keep runs and tears at bay.

No beater brush vacuum here

When vacuuming a handmade rug, use a beater brush-free vacuum such as this EasyVac.

  1. While you should have your whole rug cleaned two or three years by a professional Persian rug cleaner, you also should have dry, absorbent cotton cloths on hand to clean up spills. As soon after the accident as possible, dab the stain to pick up excess moisture. Then moisten the cloth with water only and dab the stain to clean as much of the stain color as possible. Don’t use soap or any other chemicals or cleaning powders. If the stain remains, you probably will need to have a rug cleaner who specializes in Persian/Oriental rugs clean the rug.
  2. Place a good pad beneath the rug. This helps prevent the rug from wrinkling and keeps it stable. It also helps protect the rug’s shape. Make sure the pad is made specifically for a Persian or Oriental rug and that it’s designed so that dirt and dust fall to the floor, instead of clinging to the rug’s back.
  3. Consider purchasing rug protectors to cover the feet of the furniture that you place on top of all or part of your rug.
  4. To store your rug,  roll the rug in clean cotton fabric when storing it. Never place it in plastic – dampness can result, possibly leading to mold and mildew damage.
  5. Finally, if your rug is exposed to direct sunlight and if you can’t move it and/or rotate it, consider investing in drapes or blinds that block damaging UV rays (and make sure you close them at those time the rugs is exposed to the sun). This will help keep your rug’s colors vibrant.

Need your rug cleaned in the Dallas area? Then bring it to the cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Why Shouldn’t I Clean My Persian Rug Myself?

Many people say you can – and should –spot clean your Persian or Oriental rug yourself, so long as you do so carefully. You never want to fully wet your rug at home.

A wet rug is very hard to move and dry and clean at home- that is only one reason why we truly don’t recommend that anyone clean their rug themselves.

Why? DIY-ers do not have the set up to fully wash dirt out and cleaning solutions out of the rug and they are at a much higher risk of damaging the rug.

Cleaning a rug properly also can take 7-10 days!

  • Instead, we highly recommend that you take your rug to a professional Oriental or Persian cleaner every five to seven years. If a rug is located in a high-traffic area of your home (such as the hall between the front door and the kitchen, the upstairs hallway, in the family room, or kitchen, etc.), you may want to up the frequency of cleaning to every one to three years.
  • In fact, if your rug is considered to be an antique rug (at least 80 years), we pretty much insist that you take the rug to a professional for cleaning and appraising.

Doing-it-yourself is fine for some projects, but when it comes to cleaning your fine Persian or Oriental rug, we recommend you take the rug to a professional rug cleaner.

Especially so if the rug is an antique.

  • A professional cleaner will hand wash your rug in cold water using a special shampoo made for wool rugs even better organic shampoo and conditioner made for wool rugs. The rug is then scrubbed front and back by hand with a large broom.  After this process, it is important to rinse and dry the rug correctly to protect against color run.
  • Once the rug has been rinsed several times in order to ensure all soap residue is removed, the cleaners lay the rug flat to dry, we never hang rugs due to color run. As mentioned above, drying can take several days (sometimes a bit less, as long as the weather is dry and warm.

Need another reason to take your rug to a professional? It can be very difficult to get pet odors out of a rug, particularly if you’ve allowed the odor to remain in the rug for several days, weeks, or even months.

If your pet has enjoyed your rug more than you let us hand wash your rug with organic shampoo, conditioner, and our special live bacteria enzyme to stabilize pet accidents, vomit, and other cleaners that were used to try and clean your rug.  We only use natural products if this wash does not improve the rug significantly we will rewash it using white vinegar to lift more out of your rug before drying in the fresh air and sun.

For more information on how we professional wash your fine handmade rug, contact the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas by calling 972-447-9600.

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