Rug care for your Oriental or Persian rug is the most important thing you can do to help the life of your rug. When spills or stains take place, it is very important to treat them as soon as possible from further damaging your rug. We have compiled a list of common household stains and and how to treat such stains. Please read the following to help you and your rugs from preventing any unnecessary damage.

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Rug Care Tips

1. Your rug should be cleaned regularly. Sand and grit work down to the base of the pile where abrasive action damages the wool and results in loss of pile. So its better to vacuum your rug at least twice a week.

2. At least once a month vacuum your rug up, down backside. We also recommend to clean your rug by beating with a wood stick from the backside for example every 3 months... when you are doing seasonal cleaning

3. Be careful with the fringes when you vacuum your rug. Put them under the rug when you are vacuuming if your rug has long fringes. If the fringes get stuck in the vacuum cleaner DO NOT pull them by force. Just turn off the vacuum cleaner immediately and remove the fringe one by one.

4. Keep in mind to always vacuum your carpet with the suction attachment only (never use the beater brush) to remove surface dirt. Beater brushes remove a small amount of pile with each use and can destroy fringe in no time.

5. If food or liquids spill onto a carpet clean the spill as soon as possible. Use only club soda and a clean bath cloth or towel. Spills such as mustard, should be allowed to dry until hard and scraped off.

6. When you are cleaning a spill never use a cleaning agent as these may affect the dyes and produce permanent colour changes.

7. Be sure that the top, undersurface of the rug and the pad are completely dry before relaying the carpet. Failure to do so can result in mold, mildew, and dry rot with significant damage.

8. Animal urine is very damaging to an oriental rug. It can result in dry rot and permanent staining or colour lost. Whenever accidents occur, use club soda and clean water to thoroughly flush the area. Pets tend to go again repeatedly in the same places. When long term use is discovered, consult a professional cleaner.

9. When should you have your rug professionally cleaned? This depends upon the location and traffic patterns in your home. Obviously, higher traffic exposes rugs to more dirt. When your rug is noticeably soiled, it is time to have it cleaned.

10. A pad designed for oriental carpets is important for the long life of your rug. Oriental rug pads should be nonskid and promote air exchange between your rug and the floor. The pad should be designed so that dirt can settle to the floor and not damage the back of the carpet.

11. Moth damage can occur anywhere but usually in dark areas under furniture that are not regularly vacuumed. Unless there is no long term effective moth proofing its better to ask for professional help.

12. Be sure that any of your rugs partially concealed by furniture are properly treated.

13. Your rugs should be rotated 180 degrees periodically to minimize wear from traffic patterns and to even out any sun fading.

14. Any rug will fade if exposed to direct ultraviolet sunlight. Most modern windows are Low E and mostly eliminate this problem. Older windows may be coated with a UV blocking film to minimize this problem.

15. Do not keep your rug for longer than 2 days under straight light. Straight sunlight fades your rugs colour.


Persian Carpet Clinic is run by A Team of professionals. Who have built up an impeccable reputation throughout UK, Iran, and the Netherlands. As one of the most experienced, qualified and dedicated carpet & rug care professionals in their industry.

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