Handmade oriental carpet, also known as Persian carpet, is an irreplaceable element of modern design in almost any interior. It is able to visually combine completely different elements of furniture and decor, which allows it to give the room in which it is located new energy.
If you are the proud owner of a Persian carpet, you need to familiarize yourself with a few simple rules for carpet cleaning, which will help to keep their original appearance for many years.
Avoid placing sharp-legged furniture without protective pouches on the carpet. Avoid direct sunlight. If you have a fluffy pet that sheds periodically, you must constantly clean the carpet from hair, otherwise, its appearance will quickly deteriorate. When performing domestic carpet cleaning with a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner, you should not choose an energetic mode of operation, medium or low is enough. Remember that about twice a year, you need to thoroughly clean your carpets with the help of expert carpet cleaning services. When choosing a deep carpet cleaning company, you should choose one that specializes in handmade carpets, because as you know, most of the oriental carpets have natural dyes, for which it is enough to get off ordinary tap water, not to mention the harsh chemicals that are so often used in mass cleaning carpets.
What Makes Persian Carpets Dirty?
Although Persian carpets are durable and easy to care for, they are not immune to dirt. Wool carpets can get dirty for several reasons:
- Dust, sand, clay, and other hard particles penetrate into the carpet pile, can damage the yarn of the pile, and cause accelerated wear of the “Persian”.
- Airborne grease particles can settle on the pile of the carpet and cause dust to adhere, causing the carpet to fade.
- Certain types of chemical contaminants quickly penetrate the carpet and, even when removed quickly, can cause long-term staining of the carpet.
In order not to be afraid of pollution, you must follow a few simple rules for carpet cleaning:
- do not store or lay the carpet in rooms with high humidity or in places where toxic chemicals are stored or used;
- do not put furniture with sharp legs on the carpet;
- sometimes turn the carpet lying on the floor 90 or 180 degrees – this way you can avoid uneven wear of the carpet in places where it is most often walked on;
- dry carpets naturally, especially woollen carpets;
- vacuum the carpet minimum once a week.
Any spilled liquid must be removed immediately – the longer the liquid remains on the carpet, the less likely it is to remove the stain without leaving marks. Collect spilled liquids with an absorbent cloth and gently scrape off solid dirt and then remove stains. An old stain can cause a lot of trouble even for professionals. Therefore, stains that appear on the carpet during operation must be removed in a timely manner using the following components:
detergent – neutral crystallizing carpet shampoo;
ammonia (used diluted – two tablespoons of ammonia per 1 litre of water);
vinegar essence (two tablespoons per 1 litre of water);
dry cleaning solvent (stain remover);
napkin – clean white cloth or paper towel.
If you accidentally spill coffee or tea on your woollen carpet, you need to remove the stain as follows: put a white thick towel on it and pat it dry with cold water. The main condition for not leaving a stain is not to try to “rub” it into the carpet. Blot the liquid immediately with a tissue, or pick up if it is solid. To avoid smudges, dust the edges of the stain with talcum powder or starch and start brushing from edge to centre. Use a special blowing agent, then dry the rug and spread the pile in one direction.
The Importance of Timely Carpet Cleaning Services
The carpet should be cleaned regularly, even if it doesn’t seem necessary. The fact is that dust and dirt crammed into the base of the pile have the ability to absorb moisture from the air. This is especially noticeable when there are differences in night and day temperatures (in unconditioned rooms). And moisture is a favourable environment for mould growth. Of course, Persian woollen carpets have such a strong structure that mould practically does not affect them. The same cannot be said about their cotton base. It gradually decays, although outwardly it may be almost imperceptible. Therefore, you need to clean the carpet not only regularly, but also with the help of professional carpet cleaning London based companies.
If you want to clean the carpet yourself, do not use hard brushes or scrub against the lint. Before washing the carpet, you must thoroughly remove dirt, dust and crumbs from it with a vacuum cleaner.
For wet carpet cleaning, it is better to use a special foaming shampoo that will protect your carpet from getting wet. Use only the recommended carpet detergent or shampoo as other household detergents require rinsing and can leave a sticky film that attracts dirt. Use only a quality product that will not damage the colour and texture of your carpet. If hard-to-remove stains appear on the carpet, it is best not to experiment with table salt and ammonia. Do not use active detergents, especially those containing bleaching or tinting agents! Make sure you let the carpet dry well, so choose a day when you can open the windows to dry it. Dry the carpets naturally, avoiding direct sunlight.
DISCLOSURE – This is a collaborative post.