One of our client washed recently his small rug using the washing machine. Luckily the rug was not damaged. If you have to wash your handmade carpet, please don’t do this mistake! Never wash your handmade rugs in the washing machine, even if you use these so called special “wool program” or cold water. The washing machine will damage the pile of your rug as it turns at high speed.
I am not going to advise you to send you beautiful oriental rug to a specialist cleaner either? You can wash it yourself – but the old way, I mean “manually”! It is actually cheap and quite simple to wash a rug. The “traditional way” of washing a rug means simply to use cold water, a brush and soap (or hair shampoo).
How to wash your rug and make sure that you won’t damage it?
- Lay down your rug outside on the floor,
- Prepare a brush, cold water and normal soap (aka Marseille Soap) or hair shampoo – don’t use these special rug shampoos (hair shampoo work much better and it’s probably safer),
- Start by pouring some water on your rug,
- Once it is wet, pour a bit of soap or hair shampoo,
- Brush well the front and the back of your rug for at least 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes of brushing, start pouring lots of water to take off the soap or shampoo. You will need lots of water as your rug will probably absord the soap. Make sure that no soap or shampoo remains.
- Once it’s cleaned hang your rug vertically in the shadow on a wall for at least 5 hours. You need to make sure that it is dry. Don’t hang it on sun light as its colours may fade.
- Once dry, lay it down on the floor and brush it dry in the direction of its pile. You should see its beautiful colours revitalised and your rug cleaned.
It’s that simple to wash you rug, so don’t bother bringing it to speacialists cleaners. It’s not worthed unless you have a stain that remains after washing it with traditional methods.
I hope these advise will save you money and help you in your summer rug wash!