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Handmade Rug Cleaning

Handmade rugs are treasures. Whether persian, oriental or flat woven, each handmade rug was hand knotted or tufted, fiber by fiber, to make a beautiful work of art. A well cared for handmade rug can last for decades. If your rug is handmade, you want to care for it to be sure it lasts for years.

Eventually your handmade rug will need to be cleaned. Dirt, spills and pet stains can make your rug look dingy and old. Handmade rug cleaning can be overwhelming but cleaning your handmade rug is simple.

The following methods are the best practices for handmade rug cleaning:

Shake It Out!

Roll up your handmade rug and take it outside. Firmly hold the corners of the rug while you powerfully shake it. Continue shaking until dirt, debris and crumbs stop falling from the rug. If your rug is too large to shake by yourself you can hang it over a railing, fence or clothesline. Then give the rug a good beating with a broomstick or other strong stick. Be sure to hit both sides of the rug.


Vacuum your rug thoroughly starting with the back of the rug. Vacuuming the back of the rug (with the beater brush engaged) helps to loosen dirt within the rug fibers. If you have a long fiber rug (¾”+), consider disabling the beater brush while vacuuming the top of the rug. Also, avoid vacuuming fringe and knots with the beater brush. Any long fibers can be vacuumed using the upholstery attachment.

Spot Clean

If your rug only has a few areas that need to be cleaned, then spot cleaning can do the trick.

Deep Clean

Power washing and or soaking your handmade rug is not recommended. If you still have stains after following the steps above we recommend getting your handmade rug cleaned professionally.

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