Rotate Your Rug
While handmade rugs are generally quite durable, rotating your rug will prevent any one section from wearing out faster than the rest. We recommend that you rotate your rug at least once every 6 months; however, if it is in a high traffic area itís best to rotate it at the end of each season, so four times a year. Besides minimizing wear, rotation of your rug will also ensure that no part of it is overexposed to the sun.
Vacuum Your Rug
Over time, a rug will accumulates dirt and other tiny particles, which when walked upon grate against its natural fibers. To minimize the damage caused by these particles we recommend that you vacuum your rug at least twice a week, and even more often for rugs in high traffic areas. Before vacuuming, gently sweep the rug with a straw broom to help loosen any dirt or dust. Use the suction nozzle of the vacuum rather than the power head, and vacuum in the same direction as the pile. Vacuuming both sides will also prevent moths from settling in; however, avoid the fringes as they can be easily damaged.
A Rug Cleaning Expert - Not a Cleaning Expert
If you take good care of your handmade rug and have it cleaned properly, it can last as a family treasure for generations. But improper cleaning can damage it over the long term and shorten its life. Only a rug cleaning expertónot a cleaning expertócan know the strength of the color and fiber, based on the origin, construction, and foundation of your rug, and determine the proper cleaning technique.
Handmade wool and/or silk area rugs are meant to be walked onóand are durable enough to be cleaned with care. Over time, dust becomes embedded in the fibers of a rug, even when the piece hangs on a wall. Fringes can become soiled and matted, and colors often become dull under an accumulation of dust and dirt.
Clean your rugs about once every five to seven years. If your rug is in a high-traffic area, you may need to clean it more often.
The Cyrus process for cleaning rugs
starts with a thorough inspection, noting any damage or stains that may need special attention. Next, they will recommend any repairs, which you can order before the piece is dusted with a powerful but gentle vacuum to loosen and remove particles. The piece is then submerged in fresh, pH-balanced water and a specially-formulated solution, and hand brushed to clean the fibers.
After a final rinse, the rug is aired in a special drying room with a controlled climate for quick, clean drying. As a result, professional cleaning will preserve and enhance the look and value of your rugs, significantly extending their lifespans.