Persian carpets are the ultimate in luxury flooring.
Decadent, warm, rich, traditional yet contemporary, they’re the perfect addition to any home. No two are exactly alike, given the ancient tradition of weaving a small imperfection into each one, giving it a one of a kind quality.
Having said that, when it comes to maintaining your Persian carpet, you’ll want to keep it as imperfection free as possible–and that’s where our maintenance guide comes in.
Follow these 7 steps to maintain your beautiful Persian carpet in tip-top condition.
1. Rotate Regularly
One of the keys to maintaining your Persian carpet in excellent condition is trying to ensure that it wears evenly.
There are always going to be areas that have higher traffic than others, so make sure that you’re changing the parts of the rug that are regularly walked over.
How often you rotate your rug will depend on where it’s located. For rugs located in high traffic areas, the effects of wear can show more quickly. Try to rotate it every one to two months.
In lower traffic areas, it may be sufficient to rotate it yearly, or even every other year. That said, take care to follow point 5 as well, as furniture also take its toll on the beauty of the carpet.
2. Keep out of the Sun
Along with rotating to reduce wear, how sunlight hits your carpet must also be taken into consideration.
Whether you live in one of the hotter parts of the country or not, do not underestimate the powerful bleaching effect that the sun can have on your carpet.
Watch carefully to see how light from your windows and skylights falls on the rug on a daily basis. Rotate the rug with this in mind, trying to make sure all areas have roughly equal sun exposure.
3. Treat Spills Immediately
It’s important to spot treat and spills as they occur to prevent staining.
First, use paper towels to blot up all liquid. Do not scrub the stain as this can work it further into the fibers. Using nothing stronger than water, apply a little to a sponge and dab the stain to try to remove it.
If this doesn’t work, resist the temptation to use stronger chemicals. These could easily damage the delicate fibers of your carpet. If the stain persists, its time to bring in a professional carpet cleaner to handle the problem.
4. Vacuum Regularly
Like all carpets, it’s important to vacuum your Persian carpet regularly. However, before you go at it with gusto, take into account the delicate nature of the fibers and how best to care for them.
The danger with the fibers on a Persian carpet is that due to their delicate nature, they will become flattened or matted and lose their spring and vitality. Regular vacuuming will help to prevent this, but it does need to be done with care.
The beater bar of a vacuum could be too aggressive for this type of carpet. Fibers may also become wound around it.
Consider raising this whilst vacuuming, so that the surface dirt is still removed, but the fibers get lifted just by the suction of the vacuum.
5. Rearrange the Furniture
Well arranged furniture around your beautiful Persian carpet looks stunning. Unfortunately, if it’s allowed to sit for a long time, the dents that it leaves on the carpet will not.
To prevent these from developing, rearrange the pattern of the furniture every few months.
If possible and your room has the scope to do this, rearrange so that the pathway of the traffic is in a different area. This can work hand in glove with rotating the rug and will ensure the wear is distributed more evenly.
6. Keep It Dry
As they’re made from natural woolen, silk and cotton fibers, it’s important that they’re fully dry before they’re relaid after cleaning, or after spot cleaning.
If they’re not allowed to dry completely, they can easily develop mold or mildew. Sadly, once these take hold, they can do serious permanent damage to the carpet that can’t be repaired.
Also, take care of potted plants that are located close to the carpet, as there can often be small spill and unintentional run-off. If left untreated, this could also cause unsightly stains that are difficult to remove.
7. Professional Cleaning
A Persian carpet isn’t only the height of luxury–it’s an investment that you want to be able to enjoy for years to come.
With that in mind, it’s important to call the professionals in on a regular basis. They will be able to give it the clean it deserves, and also know how to revive the tassels, which can often become knotted and grubby.
On average, you should have your carpet professionally cleaned every 2 to 3 years, or more frequently if it’s in an area where it develops more heavily soiling.
It may be tempting to hire a DIY carpet cleaning machine and attempt to tackle it yourself. However, this could prove to be a false economy.
A reputable professional cleaning company will know how to care for a carpet of the quality and make-up of a Persian rug. Make sure that they’re experienced in handling pieces of this quality, as it takes care to get it right.
How to Maintain a Persian Carpet
If you treat your Persian carpet with the love it deserves, it will reward you with luxurious flooring, vibrant colors and great resale value!
The keys to maintenance are small, regular jobs. These include gentle vacuuming, rotation to distribute wear and the effects of the sun more evenly, and regular professional cleaning to keep it looking great.
If your Persian rug is in need of a professional clean, you need to employ a cleaning service that’s experienced and an expert in dealing with pieces of this quality.
At Acme Clean, we’ve been caring for Colorado’s carpets since 1967, and we have the skills needed to bring your carpets back to life.
Contact us today to make an appointment.