If you are an owner of an antique Persian rug or carpet, and want to maintain the integrity and quality of the product for its entire lifetime, it’s absolutely vital that you take the proper steps necessary to clean and restore the fabric of the product without damaging the sensitive materials that are more than likely extremely fragile from aging. There are many reasons you may need to restore an antique rug or carpet, such as spills, general cleaning, preparing it for sale, or any other reason.
In general, antique rugs and carpets are naturally somewhat stain repellent, because they are made with wool that is saturated with lanolin. More often than not, you can take care of most spills on antique rugs and carpets quickly and easily just by blotting out the spot with a moist, clean cloth. It’s important that you don’t agitate and scrub the fabric, because this can cause the spill to soak in even more, or damage the sensitive material of the rug.
Chemicals and harsh soaps and shampoos should never be used when taking care of spills or stains because the different ingredients in them can cause irreversible damage to the various dyes and fabrics within the carpet. If you encounter a particularly hard to remove stain, sometimes it may be best to consult with a company who specializes in professional carpet cleaning in Charleston.
There are many home remedies that could be used for some of the more problematic stains such as red wine or blood, which include various gentle and unscented products such as a colorless detergent and a few teaspoons of plain white vinegar.
If you are concerned about potential pests and insect damage such as moths, the absolute best and time-proven method for preventing damage from bugs is to keep your rugs and carpets clean and maintained, and well-used! If you are constantly using the space your rug is located in, and take the time to occasionally sweep and shake out the rug, moths will ignore them and move on to other items. If need be, you can always add in some cedar balls or invest in cedar-based furniture to help prevent some insect damage.
When storing an antique Persian rug or carpet for both short and long-term periods, the most common problem that is encountered has to do with moisture build-up within the storage area. It is important to attempt to place the rug or carpet in an environment that has a stable temperature and humidity level to help prevent any kind of potential mildew or mold problems.