Gentle care and proper upkeep can help maintain your family’s heirloom carpets in a pristine condition for generations to come.
Every home has several precious heirlooms, but none as special as a carpet that has been handmade by master craftsmen. Jaipur Rugs’ area carpets are made with a family’s blessings. Having chosen the perfect rug for your space, with proper care, you can keep these area rugs fresh and vibrant over years.
There are a few simple tips recommended by our experts, which can help you maintain your carpet in a great condition.
Natural weather conditions often take a toll on your carpets. Taking a few simple steps can help minimizing the same. Avoid exposing your carpet to prolonged periods of stress, as the same can alter the strength of the carpet. If your living room rug bears the weight of the furniture, the rug’s pile can get depressed. Also, if a part of it is exposed to the sun for too long, the natural colours and dyes used in the carpet can fade. Continual rotation of the rug every six months or so will keep it as good as new.
Vacuuming is essential for carpet-maintenance, but the frequency varies according to where it is placed. Vacuuming once a week should serve the purpose most of the times. But if it is a busy area in the home, or an area where children and pets are frequent, vacuuming more frequently shall take care of the carpet. Regular rug vacuuming removes the allergens, dust, pollen and other particles that might be trapped in the fibers. It is advisable to avoid a rotating vacuum cleaner, as it can damage natural fibres like wool and silk.
Cleaning spills and stains
“A stitch in time saves nine”.
If there is any spillage on the carpet, we suggest that you blot the stain immediately with an absorbent cloth or tissue, so that the liquid doesn’t penetrate deep into the rug. Blot the stain gently, without spreading it over the carpet. Rubbing it vigorously can be counterproductive, setting it deep into the yarn. To remove mud or any other hard strains on the carpet, break the lump into minute pieces rather than scraping it off, to prevent damage to the fibers. You can also use a recommended solvent solution, protecting the underside with dry towels to absorb the moisture. The use of chemical solvents or stain removal solutions is preferred to any DIY home solutions such as soda, vinegar etc. which can ruin the carpet. (read more about stain cleaning)
Ask for a professional help
The above mentioned techniques are good for taking care of your carpet on a day-to-day basis. However, it is recommended to seek professional help for cleaning carpet, at least once a year. Doing so will help you maintain the condition of your carpet. It is also important to maintain a visual record of the carpet, so as to track if there are any changes in the carpet condition over a period of time.
Use a rubber underlay
A carpet, through its natural attributes, does not have anti-slip properties. However, there is a solution to that as well. There are anti-slip rubber underlays available in the market, which can be placed beneath the carpet to prevent one from slipping. Other than that, this rubber mat also helps preventing the carpet from curling, keeping its shape intact. . A snug underlay protects the floor as well as the underside of the carpet from friction and wear and tear.
Regular maintenance and storage
A rug, like any other family heirloom, needs to be examined regularly for signs of weathering. Snip away any stray fibers or sprouts with a scissor. Keep the fringe clean and tangle free and avoid using any chemicals such as chlorine. If you are not using your rug, then clean it thoroughly and keep it in storage. Roll it carefully and tightly, with the pile side inwards, as this will protect the fibers. Our experts recommend that you wrap it in muslin or a polyurethane sheet, and not a plastic sheet, so that the rug receives some air supply. Store it in a cool, dry space, away from sunlight. Make sure to check it every few months for pest infestations. With these handy tips, your rug will be as fresh as it was when you first bought it.
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