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How Often Should I Have My Oriental Rug Cleaned?

Posted on 27 June 2013

Handwoven oriental rugs require specialist cleaning and it is important to follow the proper care techniques to keep these beautiful pieces in good condition. This guide will help you maintain your Oriental rug and preserve its original condition.

With ‘home maintenance’ and regular cleaning, you can keep your rug looking like new even after years of use.  Most professionals recommend that rugs are cleaned every two to four years particularly if your rug is placed in a high-traffic area where it receives a lot of wear and tear. Specialist cleaning in two-year intervals will ensure that it remains in top condition. If you have the rug in a room where there is little traffic, you can probably schedule cleaning once every four years. Talk to us at Pars so that we can help you find a cleaning schedule that works for you – our service includes collection and delivery.


Stains can drastically diminish the aesthetic appeal of your rug. If you spill something like red wine, oil or chocolate on your Oriental rug these are particularly difficult to get it out, and we advise that you do not attempt to clean it but enlist the help of a professional. The sooner you combat the stain, the better chance you have of getting rid of it for good. Of course mopping up excess fluid as quickly as possible is essential but do not use detergent which may have chemicals in it that potentially ruin the rug.

Clean Up Fast

If something spills on your rug, the best chance you have of preventing a stain is to act quickly. You should start by blotting up as much of the stain as possible. Use a clean cloth and start on the outside of the stain, slowly blotting your way in toward the centre. Stain removal is an important aspect of rug care that will keep your piece in top condition. As we have mentioned above do not attempt to remove a stain using harsh chemical products as you may further damage the rug by removing the dyes.  We have experience of removing even the most stubborn stains and so please let us help – call 01794 524040 to book an appointment.

Using a Vacuum cleaner

Generally we would advise that an Oriental rug should not be vacuumed as the powerful suction of these machines can ruin the surface of a carefully handmade rug. Some of the fringe can also get stuck in the vacuum, damaging the rug as it starts to unravel. Instead of vacuuming, use a brush to thoroughly sweep away dirt and dust. This is good advice however in the real world everyone vacuums so just be careful that you don’t go too close to the stoppers and edges. Please don’t attempt to use a carpet washer on your rug– these machines will compact the dirt and grit into the foundation and cause the fibres to be cut limiting the life of the rug.


You should also be on the lookout for holes or fraying edges/fringes. If you notice problems like these, it is time to bring the rug in for repair. The stoppers and selvages of the rug are like a frame of a picture and once they start to deteriorate the rug will too. Small holes are evidence of moth damage and should be quickly dealt to curtail the spread.

Rug Rotation

We recommend you rotate your rugs every six months and at least every two years – we do not mean move them around the house but simply turn the rug 180 degrees so that there is even wear and tear. This will also limit either side’s exposure to foot traffic and harsh sunlight.

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