Preserving an Heirloom: Hand Made Rug Cleaning and Care Tips

When pondering how to care for a hand made rug, cleaning it is but one aspect to consider. Since hand made rugs can be so valuable they are often considered heirlooms, proper care is critical to their longevity. Fortunately, there are easy things you can do in your home to ensure that your hand made rugs retain their value and beauty for years to come.

Cleaning

The single most important thing to know about the care of your hand made rugs is that you should not attempt to clean them yourself using chemicals or steam, and, do not put them in the washing machine. Any of those actions can irreparably damage your rug.

The best way to clean a hand made rug is by simply scrubbing it with cold water and a mild detergent. However, it is strongly advised that you hire a professional to do this because they will know the correct equipment and detergent to use for your type of rug.

Hanging

Often, a rug is just too beautiful to have on the floor, and is hung on the wall as art. If you do this, do not use nails or staples to secure it. Instead, purchase clamps that are specially designed for the purpose of hanging rugs. In fact, some clamps are ornate in appearance and may add visual value to the display.

Storing

If you plan on storing your rug, make sure you wrap it in cloth or a sheet, but do not put it in an airtight bag. Rugs are prone to rot and mould when they are not allowed to breathe. If the rug is particularly large, consider wrapping it around a pole or other smooth round object. This will preserve the integrity of the rugs shape.

One more note on storage: Do not store your rug in a hot, humid or damp room, or when it is wet. Any of those conditions will cause bacteria and mould to grow on the rug, resulting in damage.

Whether you have your hand made rug on the floor, hanging on the wall, or locked in storage, these tips will help preserve it so that, when it comes time for you to hand it down to the next generation, you’ll know that it will be worth passing on

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