The long awaited treasure is finally yours, this beautiful wool Persian rug that you have been searching for and dreaming about owning.
Congratulations! You made a very practical purchase, in that your rug is tough and durable and will last for many years, actually, for generations to come, if cared for properly.
Let us suggest some simple techniques to preserve the life and beauty of your rug.
Moths and Storage:
One of the worst enemies of your fine wool Persian rug is moths. Ugh! The good news is that a rug in use is rarely, if ever in danger of a moth infestation. If you plan to store your rug, we suggest having it moth proofed by a professional first, then wrap your rug in fabric, not plastic. Plastic retains moisture and can cause the rug to rot or mildew. Make sure your rug is completely dry before you store it. Also, do not store your rug in a damp, hot, humid, or poorly ventilated place.
We suggest vacuuming your rug at least once a week using a suction vacuum cleaner. Never use a rotor vacuum on a fine wool Persian rug. Be attentive to the fringe. Make sure it doesn’t get caught in the brush attachment, for it can tear or break. Remember, the fringe is part of the construction of the rug. Vacuum in the direction of the pile in order to prevent the dirt from getting embedded in the rug.
Cleaning and Washing:
Clean your rug when it looks soiled. There are no rules about how often to clean it. But we do not recommend trying to clean it yourself. Have your rug cleaned by a competent cleaning professional. Do not ever use chemicals or steam on your fine wool Persian rug. Only water and a mild detergent is ever used to clean a fine rug.
If something spills, blot the spill immediately. Gently blot the area with an absorbent cloth or paper towel, picking up as much of the liquid as possible. Then dilute the spill with water and blot yet again until the moisture is absorbed by the towel. Repeat this process until all evidence of the spill is removed. Then, use a hair dryer on a cold cycle to dry the rug, combing it while drying, in the same direction as the pile. Be gentle. Don’t tug on it.
The Dreaded Red Wine Spill:
Pour salt over the spill to absorb the liquid, then use a rounded spoon to lift the salt/wine combination off of the rug. Then rinse with cold water and blot dry.
Protect Your Rug From the Sun:
Part of the charm of owning an antique Persian carpet is the variation in dye color due to age and use. Part of this patina is due to exposure to the sun. However, we suggest that you protect your rug from sunlight as much as possible. Use window shades, or curtains, and rotate the rug to equalize the effects of sun and wear.
OH! No, Fido, No! Alas, Pet Mishaps Happen:
We all love our pets. It is often difficult to restrict them from your living area, nor do you want to. But alas, pets sometimes have accidents on the rug.
If this happens to you, make sure you blot the area well with paper towels. Use a vinegar solution of 1 cup white vinegar to 2 cups water or a solution of 1 tablespoon household amonia to 1 cup water. Apply. Then rinse the area well with cold water and blot dry. To save yourself some anguish, we recommend restricting Fido to another part of the house when you are not at home. We love Fido too. So make sure he is comfortable on his own doggie rug and has a safe bone to amuse himself in your absence.
A good quality pad can double the life of your rug. It keeps it from bunching up and moving around on a hard surface. Purchase a pad from the same company where you purchase your rug. They will have the right one for you.
Take good care of your fine wool Persian rug, and it will serve you with warmth, glamour, and grace for many, many years. It is a treasured heirloom, starting with you! It can be passed down to your children, your grandchildren, or a good friend. We now own our grandmother’s rugs. They are exquisite, but the most special thing about them is that they belonged to our grandmother.
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