By Paul Sacco
A well-cared for, well-maintained hand-knotted rug will last for generations. By using our easy-to-follow rug care & cleaning guide you can be assured that you will get the most out of your hand-knotted rug.
1. Rotating the Rug Position
Hand-knotted rugs are more likely to colour fade if they are placed in an area that is exposed to direct Australian sunlight. This is especially likely if vegetable dyes have been used in the rug. Regularly rotating the position of your rug will allow the rug to fade uniformly and the colours of a brightly coloured Persian Rug can tone down to a more attractive colour balance over time.
2. Placing Furniture on Your Rug
When placing heavy furniture on top of your rugs, we recommend you use felted discs under the legs of your furniture to reduce the risk of indenting the pile of your rug. After the furniture has been removed, the compressed pile can then be wetted with a damp cloth enabling it to spring back to life.
3. Storing Rugs
Special consideration must be taken when storing your rugs for extended periods of time. We do not advise storing your rugs in places that are dark or moist. Hand-knotted rugs, which are made from natural fibres, mainly wool and silk, are subject to mold and mildew if stored in moist, dark areas. As a rule they must only be stored in a dry environments to protect the fibres.
Having your hand-knotted rug folded for an extended period of time can distort its warp and weft. The correct way of storing a rug is to have it rolled very tightly against the nap.
To avoid moth attacks we recommend that the rug is sealed in good quality packaging plastic with a few mothballs scattered within the roll.
4. Rug First Aid
Accidents like spilling food and drink onto your rug are inevitable. As the rug owner, it is important that you are aware of our simple first aid procedure to reduce the impact of these accidents:
1. Use a dry, white cotton towel or cloth to blot and absorb the liquid that was spilled onto your rug. Red wine is the biggest worry, especially on a light coloured rug. It is important that you do not rub the spill but blot in an up and down motion instead to contain the spill. Instinctively rubbing an area will spread the stain making matters worse.
2. Once you are satisfied that you have blotted as much of the spilled liquid as possible, use another damp water cloth or towel to further blot the stain, then repeat blotting with a dry cloth or towel again.
3. Apply a thin smear of natural yogurt to the stain rubbing with the nap not against it. Let this settle for 24 hours as the yogurt will absorb any residual stain and then turn into a powder that can be easily vacuumed up.
4. Vacuum the area of the rug and the stain should almost disappear. If the stain is still evident, then the rug will need to be professionally cleaned.
5. Feel free to contact us for any other info regarding first aid for spills or accidents.
5. Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning of your hand knotted rug will extend its life. Regular vacuuming will remove any grit which, if left on the rug, will make its way down to the foundation and damage the warp and weft. For centuries, rug owners have beat their rugs periodically, this practice is advisable because it can dislodge grit embedded in the warp and weft that could damage fibres if left there for an extended length of time. Following the beating, vacuuming is recommended.
Spot cleaners, commercial cleaners and chemical treatments of hand knotted rugs are not recommended as they could cause damage to the rug fibres.
Periodically sunning you rug for an hour or so will kill any dust mites present in the rug making it allergen free and better to be around for allergy sufferers.
6. Professional Cleaning
Annual cleaning of rugs that are used in high-traffic areas is advisable. Over time, the foundation of your rugs can be damaged by residuals and other dirt build-up in your home and professional cleaning can remove these particles as well as any dust mites or other allergens.
When a rug is washed, a knowledge of the construction of the rug and the dyes used in its manufacture is important. Cleaning the rig must be done on a flat surface and it should also be left to dry on a flat surface to eliminate the risk of colour run.
We have perfected the art of hand washing hand knotted rugs; it is important to take into account that every hand knotted rug is different in its construction and in the dyes used. We adjust our washing techniques for each rug, insuring a first class result every time.
We offer a professional rug hand-wash cleaning service to our eBay customers. This service is only available in the warmer summer months as this is the only time when we can guarantee our results. The rugs are always hand washed outside on a hot sunny day which insures a fast drying time. After a professional wash, the colours will then be rejuvenated and the rug will look as good as the day you took it home.