Rug Care and Restoration

Detail of a rug before repairs Detail of a rug after repairs

Handmade rugs need to be rotated annually and professionally washed every three to five years. They occasionally need minor repairs. Call us to schedule a pick-up time for cleaning. Our professional staff will also thoroughly check your rugs and recommend any needed repairs. The repairs can be made in our workroom. You may also consider replacing your old pads with new ones. New pads can be put down when your rugs are returned.

Basic Care

Rug wear is inevitable, but frequently rotating your rug 180 degrees will help equalize the effects of wear.
Dampness can cause mildew or deterioration of the threads and fabrics of your rug. Avoid soaking your rug when cleaning a spill. Moths are another threat to a rug's longevity. To protect it, move your rug from time to time, and keep it exposed to air and light. Continual exposure to sunlight will eventually cause a rug's colors to fade and make the fabric brittle. Display your rug in such a way that it is protected against too much sunlight.

Washing

Oriental rugs should be professionally washed on a regular basis. Depending on the type of traffic your rug receives it is a good idea to wash your rug every three to five years. It is best to have your rug cleaned by a professional who specializes in oriental rugs. NEVER steam or chemically clean your rugs as these cleaning methods deplete the natural oils of the pile. Also, do not put your rugs in the washing machine.

Emergency Spills

Deal with spills immediately. Use a spoon to scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Dilute smaller spills with water. Blot, but do not rub, the area with a paper towel until all moisture is removed. Always blot from the outer edges towards the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Contact us to schedule a pick-up to professionally clean and maintain the beauty and quality of your Oriental rug.