How to Take Care of Your Antique Rugs

Learn How To Take Care of Your Antique Rugs and Carpets:

How to take care of your antique rugs – Routine maintenance of your antique rug or vintage carpet is essential to preserving its beauty. Below, find a useful list of tips and tricks designed to help you take care of your antique rugs. From dusting to spot cleaning your rugs, we cover some of the most important things that you can do to preserve the investment that your antique rug represents.

How to Take Care of Your Antique Rugs
How to Take Care of Your Antique Rugs

Getting the Dust out of Your Rug

The first thing you should do when cleaning rugs, is shake the dust off of them. A lot of times a carpet needs nothing more than the dust shook off of it for it to look good and smell fresh again.

To get the dust out of your Oriental rug, please follow these steps:

  1. Physically pick the carpet up by one end and shake it like you were trying to make a picnic cloth lie flat
  2. Hang the rug over a line and gently beat the dust out with a rug beater.
  3. Turn the rug over so it is upside-down and vacuum the back of the rug. The vibrations should loosen up the dust that is embedded deep in the pile and cause the dust to fall to the floor. Then just get rid of the dust that fell to the floor and vacuum the face. Keep doing this till you see that there is no more dust collection on the floor when you turn the rug over (please note that for this to work, you need a vacuum that has bristles and you should move the vacuum slowly).

How to Clean Oriental Rugs and Antique Carpets

Oriental rug cleaning can be tricky. If you use the wrong cleaning solutions, you may inadvertently damage the rug and cause the colors to run or bleed. When you are cleaning oriental rugs, especial the old ones that are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars, you should trust professional cleaners to do the job.

Creating the Spot Cleaning Solution for Your Rug

Use a mixture of dish washing detergent and warm water to clean spots out of rugs. Take a bowl and place about two cups of warm water (hot hot or boiling) in it. Then add a few drops of liquid dish detergent in the bowl. Use a whisk and whisk the mixture together so that it creates bubbles at the top.

Before you use the rug cleaning solution

Before you attempt to use any cleaner on your rug, turn the carpet over and find a place on the back that will not be noticed if it gets “messed up”. You will want to test a spot that is at least as big as a silver dollar. Then try and apply the cleaner to see if it is going to make the colors bleed or create any other damages to the carpet.

*Make sure you let the newly cleaned area completely dry before deciding whether or not the cleaner is going to be effective and “safe”.

Applying the cleaning solution to your rug

Clean the rug using mostly the bubbles and not much water. You do not want to get the area wet, simply clean. Next, take a soft bristled brush, dip a few of the bristles in the cleaning solution you created and lightly rub it over the stained area of the rug.

Rub very gently so that you do not do any damage to the fibers of the carpet… This is very important! If you get vigorous, you could actually break some of the threads and cause permanent damaged. Blot the area dry with a soft, clean cloth.

If the stain does not fully lift out, repeat the steps until the carpet is cleaned. This can be a painstaking process, but take the time and do it right.

Who is the best Rug Cleaners in NYC?

The Nazmiyal Collection is the best rug cleaner in NYC. We do all our rug leaning by hand and every single carpet is thoroughly inspected before we begin. Sometimes, due to the value or condition of your rug, we might even recommend that the rug not be cleaned or serviced.

We will always error on the side of caution and would rather lose some cleaning business than jeopardize our spotless reputation.

How to get your rugs cleaned in New York City?

Our focus is on buying and selling antique rugs, from antique Persian rugs to vintage carpets. But due to the lack of truly reputable rug cleaning companies in New York City, we decided to offer our rug cleaning services to the general public.

Since we are not officially rug cleaners per se,  we do not have pick-up and delivery service. You would need to have your rug dropped off and then picked up. We do work with some delivery companies so feel free to call us for their information.

Let Our Restorers Bring Back the Beauty of Your Oriental Rugs

At Nazmiyal, we’ve dedicated years to preserving, restoring and cleaning oriental rugs and carpets to their original splendor and beauty. With each repair, one of our knowledgeable experts oversees the process to ensure that the texture and type of fabric used results in a seamless rug restoration.

We are privileged to have several master restorers who work for us and who use their expertise to create exact recreations on antique carpets. Each antique rug repair is unique, and we take a careful approach to ensure that the item’s originality is carefully preserved during the process. While some carpets and rugs just require reweaving the surface pile, our experts can also skillfully recreate the underlying foundation, as well.

If you are in need of our antique rug repair services, please feel free to give us a call. We can easily be reached at 1 – 877 RUG FIND. One of our courteous staff members will be more than happy to discuss our restoration process with you and schedule a time for our experts to take a look at your carpet and begin the repair process. The time taken to repair your carpet depends largely on the extent of rug restoration that is necessary.

How long does it take to get my rug cleaned?

The time frame for cleaning your rug depends on what needs to be done. Generally, if no additional services are needed, then you should assume around 2 to 3 weeks.

If you would like to learn more about how to take care of your antique rugs, please contact our experts at 212-545-8029 or Simply Email Us

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