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Question: How do I give my rug a major cleaning?

Answer: Most rugs will not need major cleaning for at least 5-10 years. Do not use harsh chemicals or cleaners on the rugs as the chemicals may react with the dyes and the natural PH of the natural wool. This is especially important for natural dye rugs. Although most clients will prefer to come back to us and have us arrange the pickup, cleaning and installation of their rugs but if you feel adventurous enough you could probably do it yourself!! A quality hand-knotted Oriental rug can be washed in your own driveway with regular soap. Using very little soap (regular clothes detergent, hair shampoo, etc.), scrub down the rug with your fingers or feet and hose it down with water. Rinse very thoroughly as soap that is left in the carpet makes a very stiff pile. Squeeze the pile with your hands or with the side of a dustpan to remove excess water. Before washing, take note of the direction your rug pile is laying. After washing, with your hand, brush the pile down in the direction it was laying before it was washed. The rug needs to be dried on a flat surface. Once the rug is dry, with your hands or with a vacuum cleaner, raise the pile by stroking/sweeping in the opposite direction. Our staff has also found a home-use carpet steam cleaner to work very nicely, using the approved cleaner soap.
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