How to Maintain and Wash Your Rug

Once you’ve found your perfect rug, it’s crucial to take care of it properly so that it can stand the test of time, like it should. Turkish rugs are crafted and handmade to be sturdy and are renowned for their durability, but, like anything else, they still need some care from time to time.

  • If your rug is laid onto wooden flooring or tiles, it is advised to use a rug underlay. This will prevent the rug from slipping.
  • If you’re going to put heavy furniture on your rug, it’s important to use safeguards under the legs to protect the carpet. This will prevent indentations from forming on the surface of the rug, due to the sharp edges of the furniture.
  • Rotate your rugs on a regular basis, every six months if it’s possible, to prevent from unwanted and uneven wear and flattening from furniture and high traffic.
  • Keep your rug dry and never lay your rug on a damp floor. Doing so may encourage mold or mildew growth on your rug, which causes an unpleasant smell and discoloration. 
  • The best way to clean your rug is to beat it with a wooden pole, to shake loose any dust and debris, before lightly vacuuming.
  • Avoid excessive vacuuming, since it can lead to undue shedding.
  • For a deeper clean, mix a solution of water and a wool-safe laundry liquid, and apply the solution using a clean sponge. Then, rinse the rug and roll it up in towels, squeeze out any excess moisture, and let it air-dry. It can take about a day to fully dry. 
  • Make sure your carpet isn’t exposed to prolonged direct sunlight or heat. This can cause its color to fade.
  • If you spill food or drink, time is of the essence. Immediately prepare a cold, damp cloth, and gently apply it to the stain in a patting motion. Excessive rubbing can cause damage to the rug. If your rug is made from delicate materials like velvet, visit a specialist to remove the stain.