The maintenance of hand-knotted carpets is an art, and it can quickly turn messy if not done correctly.
This type of carpet is an elegant accessory that can instantly improve the appearance of any room. They are frequently regarded as long-term investments due to their high prices. Only when investments are well-maintained do they retain their value.
So the cleaning and maintenance process needs to be thorough and slow, so that it does not damage the lush, intricate pile of the carpet. Hand-knotted rugs require extra care because they are woven with a lot of time and effort. They can be treasured for years, if not decades, if properly cared for.
If you’ve already put faith into this art as a family heirloom that will grace your bungalow for generations, now would be a good time to master the art of its maintenance.
Here are some pointers to consider:
1. Have a No-shoe Policy!
Having a no-shoe policy in your home can help keep the appearance of your carpet. The hard surface of shoes can gradually deteriorate the soft fibers of your carpets. There is no shoe habit that will protect your carpet from outside dirt and excessive cleaning. You can also use a doormat at the entrance to keep dirt at bay.
2. Maintain a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Hand-knotted carpets collect a lot of dust. Dust frequently becomes trapped inside them due to their dense construction. Vacuuming on a regular basis can help to keep dust from accumulating in the yarns of your carpet. Aim to vacuum your carpet at least twice a week to keep it looking like new.
It is critical to vacuum correctly in order to ensure proper cleaning without causing any damage to the carpet. To ensure thorough cleaning, move the vacuum cleaner back and forth slowly. Fast cleaning may not allow the cleaner enough time to collect all of the dust. Consult your rug maker about the best vacuum cleaners for your carpets.
3. Once a Week, Give it a Good Shake
Even after vacuuming, some dust particles become trapped at the core of your hand-knotted carpets. To get rid of these pollutants, you can use the traditional method of shaking it. Because this strenuous process necessitates a large amount of space, it may be better suited for area rugs rather than large carpets. It is also an excellent method for cleaning the backside of your rugs.
4. Be Prepared for Stains
Stains are the most dangerous threat to your hand-knotted carpets. We can't completely avoid spilling on a carpet, but staying active during these times can help. In these situations, keep a towel handy to clean up any spills and avoid rubbing them. It is also necessary to understand your carpet's cleaning instructions in order to take the appropriate action. Customers can spot clean their rugs using a variety of rug cleaning liquids available in the market. You can also try to create a 'no food zone' near your carpets to avoid spilling issues.
5. Don't Overlook Furniture Scuffs
Heavy furniture feet may leave an unsightly depression in your handcrafted carpets. This is due to the constant pressure of the furniture on the pile of your carpet. To avoid this problem, make sure to rearrange the furniture or rotate the carpet on a regular basis. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making these extra efforts, consider installing furniture coasters. By spreading out the heavyweight, these will alleviate the pressure on the furniture.
6. Remove Any Extra Threads
Sharp nails and edgy furniture can loosen some of your hand-knotted rug's carpet knots. These loosened knots can ruin your carpet's premium appearance. As a result, it is recommended to trim these threads on a regular basis. Get down on your knees and inspect your carpet closely. Instead of pulling out any loosened threads, trim them with a scissor. This will keep your carpet's finish in good condition.
7. Avoid Direct Sunlight
Imagine that you have just completed a purchase of luxury carpets in Mumbai, your home city.
Your house is embedded deep in the sunny locales of the place, and you consider even gracing your portico and/or balcony with its beauty, just to show off to your guests.
You need to reconsider.
Any carpet will fade if exposed to direct sunlight. The sun's harmful UV rays penetrate deeply into your carpet, causing colour fading over time. To block these harmful UV rays, use window coverings such as curtains or adhesive layers. If a corner of your carpet receives direct sunlight, rotate it on a regular basis to maintain uniform hues.
8. Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service
Even after regular vacuuming, sending carpets to a professional cleaner is a must. Because your carpet is in high traffic areas, dust and pollutants become ingrained in it. A professional carpet cleaning is required at least once a year to ensure that your carpet lasts as long as possible. It is also necessary for health reasons, as an unclean carpet can harbour bacterial growth. Cocoon Fine Rugs provides this service for its clients no matter the location, with pickup and delivery; for example, if you visit our carpet store in Jaipur and make a purchase, we would be happy to provide a cleaning service for your rug every 3 months if required.
All of these suggestions are aimed at keeping your hand-knotted carpets tidy. Maintaining the appearance of your carpet is not easy, but with consistent effort and the right steps, it is certainly doable. Should you need a further understanding of the process, our consultants at Cocoon can give you the lowdown. Maintenance, conditioning, and cleaning tips for your carpet go a long way to creating that perfect aesthetic you crave for your home!