We barely noticed the orange and yellow floral accents when it was dirty (before picture).
This beautiful purple Syno-Persian rug was a rare find for us. Even when we sent it to our rug ID expert friends, they all stated that this was a unique piece. To us, it’s like gold-mining when we find these rare pieces of treasure in our community. Then to be trusted to wash and care for the resurrection of the rug is a complete honor.
About Cleaning Fine Oriental Rugs
When it comes to cleaning a fine Syno-Persian area rug, there are several things to consider to ensure that the rug is cleaned properly and effectively without damaging it. One of the most important factors to take into account is ensuring that the dyes in the rug are stable before washing. In this blog post, we will explore why this is so crucial, and the steps you need to take to professionally wash a fine Syno-Persian area rug.
Why is it important to check dye stability?
Syno-Persian rugs are made using a variety of natural fibers and dyes, including wool, silk, and vegetable dyes. While these materials are known for their durability and longevity, they can be sensitive to harsh chemicals and incorrect cleaning methods. One of the most significant risks when cleaning a Syno-Persian rug is the possibility of the dyes bleeding or fading, resulting in an irreparable loss of color and value. That’s why it’s important to test the dye stability before washing the rug to ensure that the dyes won’t run or bleed.
How to test the dye stability
To test the dye stability of a Syno-Persian rug, you need to use a mild detergent and lukewarm water to clean a small, inconspicuous area of the rug. This can be done using a soft brush or a clean, white cloth. If the dye remains stable and there is no color bleeding, then you can proceed with washing the rest of the rug. However, if the dye does bleed or the colors start to fade, it is best to stop immediately and seek professional help.
Professional washing process
Once you have tested the dye stability and determined that the rug is safe to clean (colorfast), you can begin the washing process. Here are the steps involved:
- Vacuum: Begin by thoroughly vacuuming the rug to remove any loose dirt and debris. This will help prevent any grit or dirt from getting ground into the fibers during washing.
- Pre-treat stains: If there are any stains on the rug, it’s important to pre-treat them before washing. Use a mild stain remover, following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Hand-wash: Fill a large container or bathtub with lukewarm water and a mild detergent specifically designed for wool and silk rugs. Gently agitate the water to create suds. Submerge the rug in the water and use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the fibers.
- Rinse: Drain the soapy water and refill the container with clean water. Rinse the rug thoroughly to remove any soap residue. You may need to repeat this step several times to ensure all the soap is gone.
- Dry: Once the rug is clean, remove as much excess water as possible by gently squeezing or rolling it up in clean towels. Hang the rug up to dry in a well-ventilated area, making sure it’s not in direct sunlight. It’s important to make sure the rug is completely dry before using it again to prevent mold or mildew growth.
Cleaning a fine Syno-Persian area rug requires care and attention to detail to ensure that the rug is cleaned effectively without causing any damage. Testing the dye stability before washing is a crucial step in the process, as it helps prevent color bleeding or fading. With the right tools and techniques, you can keep your Syno-Persian rug looking beautiful for years to come. However, if you’re unsure about any aspect of cleaning your rug, it’s always best to seek professional help to avoid any accidents or damage.
If you are looking for professional help in cleaning your fine Syno-Persian area rug or any other type of area rug, don’t hesitate to contact AmeriClean for expert services. Call us at 301-739-4640 or visit our website at GoAmeriClean.com to learn more about our rug cleaning services and schedule an appointment with our experienced team. Let us help you restore your beautiful area rug to its former glory.