People lucky enough to own a beautiful Persian rug also realize that occasionally they will become soiled and need cleaning. The good news is that it isn’t that difficult to care for your rug and clean it every 1-2 years at home. With a few simple steps your Persian rug will look clean and fresh and will stay in pristine condition for years to come.
You’ll need a few basic supplies: a vacuum, a gentle rug shampoo, water, and a dense sponge. It’s also much easier to clean your rug outside in an area with good ventilation and plenty of space to work. It will take a little elbow grease to do a thorough job, so it’s probably a good idea to also wear some work clothes you won’t mind getting wet and dirty.
Bring your rug to your work space and carefully vacuum both sides. This removes light dirt and debris and will make the actual cleaning much easier. Next, take your shampoo-water mixture and apply with your sponge, following the direction of the nap, to a small area of your rug. This will allow you to check for any color bleeding. Once your color test has been performed, proceed by applying shampoo in a gentle pressing motion. Going against the nap could cause damage so it’s best to gently scrub in the direction of the material. Next, using a hose and a spray nozzle, wash the shampoo out of your rug until the water runs clear.
Because the rug is wet it will be much heavier than when you brought it outside, so you may need some help moving it. We also suggest using a small rubber squeegee to remove excess water and make the drying process easier. It’s very important to dry your rug in an area with ventilation for both sides of the material. If you can dry it on a raised surface with good drainage that’s best, but it’s also possible to let the rug dry for an hour and then flip it over to dry the other side, repeating as necessary until the rug is completely clean and dry.
Once your rug has fully dried it’s best to do a light vacuum again before placing it back into its original location. It’s best to do this process once every 1-2 years, and if your rug has more substantial damage, bring it to a professional for cleaning. Visit http://persianrug-gallery.com/warehouse/ for more information.