How to Care for your Antique Rug
Frequent vacuuming is necessary to remove everyday dirt that will wear down the pile. It is best to use the vacuum on the bare floor setting, as the bristles may damage the rug’s pile. It is also suggested to rotate the rug every couple of years so the entire rug gets the same amount of wear.
If you have a spill on your rug, immediately blot the area of the spill. Then, place a towel or cloth under the rug and pour warm water through it until the stain rinses out. To ensure that colors don’t bleed, test a small area of the rug with a damp cloth. If color does transfer over, it’s best to leave the job to a professional rug cleaner. Do not use chemicals. Professional cleaners use warm water and chemical-free cleaning solutions to ensure the colors won’t bleed and the fibers won’t be damaged.
Keep your rug away from moisture. If it gets wet, prop it up and let it dry out completely before laying it back on the floor.
It is further suggested to have your rug professionally cleaned every 5 years.