On average your handmade rug can last fifty plus years, if properly maintained. If you are overwhelmed by the notion of having to care for your investment, here are some simple instructions and tips you can follow. Please remember this only applies to wool and cotton rugs. Any silk rugs will be need to be cared for by a orientalist rug cleaning professional. The same applies to fragile and antique rugs.
Regular cleaning and maintenance:
1. Buy a quality rug pad to place underneath your rug. One can be bought cheaply on Amazon that does the job. The thickness is up to you, whether you want to add more cushion underneath your rug or just need it to protect the underside. The point of your pad is to keep the rug from sliding and to protect the underside.
2. Rotate your rug once every six months to get even wear. This prevents your rug from having one traffic pattern. Your rug will accumulate wear, you just want to make sure the wear is even all around the rug.
3. Vacuum your rug, at least, once a week to prevent grit and dirt build up at the base of the pile. You’ll want to make sure you’re using a regular vacuum with a rotating bristle brush. Avoid industrial style vacuums, like Kirbys or ones you rent. They are too strong and will rip the threads from your rug.
4. Once a month, take your rug outside and beat, if possible. Your rug will benefit from being flipped over, and being hit from the backside. This will shake loose any dirt particles your vacuum did not pick up.
If an accident occurs, try to get to it as quickly as possible. Always have club soda and dish soap on hand. Blot up as much of the stain as possible with paper towels.