The Dos and Don’ts of Antique Rug Cleaning
Antique rugs are often passed down through families for generations, and as a result, they can often be quite dirty and stained. If you’re lucky enough to own an antique rug, it’s important to know how to clean it properly so that you don’t damage it. Here are the dos and don’ts of antique rug cleaning!
Do vacuum your rug regularly. This will help to remove any dirt and dust that has accumulated on the surface of the rug. Just be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with soft bristles so that you don’t damage the fibers.
Don’t use harsh chemicals or cleaners on your rug. These can damage the fibers and cause the colors to fade. Instead, stick to gentle, natural cleaners like white vinegar or baking soda. Chemicals can also be corrosive and cause the rug to deteriorate over time.
Do spot clean spills and stains as soon as possible. The longer a spill or stain sits, the harder it will be to remove. Again, use a gentle cleaner and be sure to blot (not rub) the stain. This is especially important with oil-based stains like makeup, grease, or food.
Don’t try to clean the rug yourself if it’s very dirty or stained. It’s best to leave the deep cleaning to the professionals. They have the knowledge and experience to clean your rug without damaging it.
Do take your rug to a professional rug cleaner at least once a year. This will help to keep it in good condition and prolong its lifespan. You can also have your rug washed, which is a gentle and effective way to clean it.
Don’t hang your rug out to dry. This can cause the fibers to stretch and become misshapen. Instead, dry your rug flat or roll it up loosely to air dry.
Following these dos and don’ts will help you keep your antique rug in good condition for many years to come!