With proper care, handmade Oriental rugs can last for generations. Because of their complexity and value, rugs should be cleaned and restored by trained and knowledgeable professionals with effective cleaning and drying facilities.
Before cleaning any rug, it is important to determine its origin, age, dyeing methods, previous repair, care and construction. Improperly cleaned rugs can bleed, shrink, experience fiber deterioration and ultimately, lose their beauty and value. Typical rug cleaning services are appropriate for broadloom or wall-to-wall carpeting only, and are not gentle or thorough enough for most Oriental, Persian, or specialty area rugs.
Although professional care of your rugs is best, life’s inevitable soils and spills can be problematic if not caught early and quickly removed at home.
Depending on the traffic your rugs encounter, a professional washing is recommended every one to three years. In addition, you should rotate your rugs annually for even wear.