Persian carpets are a wonderful and trendy choice to add warmth, cosiness and a touch of adventure to your interior design. They are versatile and go well with a variety of styles, from traditional to modern and minimalistic. If you are worried that you will not be able to maintain your carpet's original elegance, here are some easy tips that will help.
Leave the shoes at the door
Make it a rule in your home that everyone, including visitors, takes off their shoes before entering the room. Not only will you prevent street dust and dirt from going onto your carpet, but you will also protect it from contact with hard shoe soles and spiky heels.
Keep your carpet away from the sun
Direct sunlight will make your carpet fade. If it is at all possible, place it somewhere where the sun's rays cannot reach it. Otherwise, rotate it regularly, so that the colour remains uniform across the carpet and the fading is less obvious.
Use a vacuum cleaner with good suction but not a super-strong industrial one. Every few weeks turn your carpet around, and vacuum the reverse side to stop the dust from penetrating the foundation. When you vacuum the edges or if you notice loose threads, turn off the bristle bar, or you may accidentally pull on the fibres and cause damage.
Clean stains and spills immediately
The quicker you act, the easier it will be to remove the stain. First, dry the spill with a paper towel or a sponge by pressing it gently to stop the stain from spreading. Place a paper towel under the spot to absorb excess moisture, and then clean with water. If you have a smaller rug, take it outside to wash it with water, then leave it to dry. Do not use any bleach, soap or dishwashing liquid to clean your carpet, and avoid scrubbing it hard. Rug shampoos may be OK, but test on a small area before using to make sure that the colours do not run. If you are unable to remove the stain, seek professional help.
Invest in professional cleaning
If you take good care of your Persian carpet and perform light cleaning regularly, thorough professional care is only necessary once every 1-3 years. A professional service starts with inspecting your carpet and its dyes to ensure that the best carpet cleaning options are chosen. The cleaning involves thorough dusting, soaking, gentle scrubbing and rinsing, before allowing the carpet to dry.