The year 2024 marks a pivotal moment for interior design, witnessing a remarkable resurgence in the popularity of plush, antique rugs.
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The first thing you have to do when cleaning your rug is to prepare a clean and smooth surface. You will do your washing on it, so make sure it is clean. If possible, this should be done outdoors, in an area that does not get direct sunlight. You will have the chance to get positive results if the surface used is solid (the floor of the garage can be a great choice). Don't worry about a thing, because the water used for cleaning will not damage the floor. You can get the carpet outside if you want to dry it. If this option is not ideal for you, use the concrete driveway. What you should do is assure yourself that the surface used is extremely clean and flat.
Washing handmade Persian area rugs will have to start with you thoroughly removing any loose dirt from the carpet fibers. You can use a vacuum and gently suck the dirt from the fibers, or you can hang the rug outdoors and beat the dirt loose. If it has been a long time since you cleaned the carpet, you may want to hang the rug outdoors and beat it, then go over it with a vacuum. When you are running a vacuum over these carpets, make sure that you do not allow any of the border fringes, or loose threads to be caught by the nozzle. If you catch a loose thread, you could cause a rip to become more predominant.
In a small area (not visible), test the soap that you will be using. This way you can check if the soap will blend the colors of the carpet together. Avoid using strong detergents or soaps that have ammonia. Make sure you have mild soap and a lot of cool water at hand. Do not use hot water because you risk getting the colors mixed together. Opt for cool water whenever you are faced with a job of this type. Put the soap on the surface of the carpet and use a brush with long hair, preferably one that is not stiff and can clean well. Make sure you brush the fibers in the same direction as the nap and never against it. Don't be too rough otherwise, you risk ruining the carpet.
You will need to spot-clean any stains that you find on the carpet. You will need white paper towels, a soft brush, like a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a mild cleanser, as well as a spray bottle of water. Gently spray the water on the area where the stain is located, take the brush, and dip it into the mild cleanser. Use the brush to work the cleanser down into the fibers of the carpet. Then blot the area with clean white paper towels. Do not rub the area, but instead press the paper towels firmly against the spot until the stain is lifted out.