Handmade Rug Care

Guide to Caring For Your Handmade Rugs

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding Your Rug
  2. Regular Maintenance
  3. Spot Cleaning
  4. Deep Cleaning
  5. Rug Repair and Restoration
  6. Rug Storage
  7. Preventing Damage
  8. Rug Appraisal and Insurance

Understanding Your Rug

Handmade rugs are a work of art, a centrepiece that can set the tone for your entire space. Recognising the characteristics and understanding the materials used in your rug is the first step to preserving its beauty. Handmade Persian and Oriental rugs, in particular, are often made with a variety of materials, including wool, cotton, and silk. The intricate designs of these rugs are deeply rooted in the history and culture from which they originated.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial for prolonging the lifespan of your rug. This includes daily, weekly, and seasonal routines that can significantly reduce the amount of accumulated dirt and grime.

Vacuum your rug lightly on a weekly basis and always avoid the fringes.

A more thorough vacuuming can be done monthly, but ensure to use a brushless suction head to prevent damage. We would recommend vacuuming the reverse of your rug on a monthly basis as well to give a more thorough clean and prevent moths.

Seasonally, rotate your rug to even out any wear and colour changes due to sunlight exposure.

Spot Cleaning

Accidents happen, but prompt action can prevent a spill from becoming a permanent stain. Start by blotting the spill with a clean, white cloth, working from the outside in. Never rub, as this can set the stain deeper into the fibres.

For solid spills, carefully scoop up the material with a spoon. For specific stain treatment recommendations, please refer to our Handmade Rug Cleaning services.

Deep Cleaning

While regular maintenance helps preserve your rug's beauty, periodic deep cleaning is necessary to remove ingrained dirt and revitalise your rug's colours. It's recommended to professionally deep clean your rug every 5 years or so.

However, if you wish to try DIY deep cleaning, start by thoroughly vacuuming your rug. Then, using a gentle wool friendly rug shampoo, clean your rug carefully following the manufacturer's directions. Remember to test any product in a small area first. But for best results and to avoid any potential damage, consider professional Handmade Rug Cleaning. Damaging your treasured handmade rug by carrying out a DIY wash is something you want to avoid.

Rug Repair and Restoration

Rugs are durable, but with time and use, they might show signs of wear and tear. Fraying edges, rips, burns, or pet damage are common issues. While minor repairs can be a DIY project, significant restorations should always be done by professionals to maintain your rug's value and integrity. Explore our Handmade Rug Repair or Restoration services to understand how a well-executed restoration can bring your rug back to life.

Rug Storage

If you need to store your rug for an extended period, proper storage is crucial to prevent damage. Start by cleaning your rug thoroughly. Roll (never fold) your rug, starting at the bottom end, moving towards the pile. Store it in a cool, dry place covered and sealed to prevent moths but avoid plastic covers, as they can trap moisture leading to mildew or mould.

Every few months, check your rug for any signs of pest infestations.

Preventing Damage

Proactive steps can be taken to prevent common rug damages. Using a rug pad can prevent slipping, cushion your rug from foot traffic, and protect the knots. Limit exposure to direct sunlight to prevent colour fading. If you have pets, regular grooming and training can minimise potential damage.

Rug Appraisal and Insurance

For valuable rugs, an appraisal is an essential step in understanding your rug's worth and insuring it appropriately. Appraisals should be conducted by a certified professional, considering factors like the rug's age, origin, size, and condition. Discover more about the appraisal process and how to insure your valuable rugs at our Appraisals and Insurance Work on Handmade Rugs sections.


Regular care and maintenance will ensure your handmade rug can be enjoyed for generations. It's a worthwhile investment that offers both aesthetic and practical benefits. Remember, when in doubt, seek help from professional rug care services.