Quick Tips

Oriental and Persian rugs made of wool and silk rank among the most beautiful and durable home furnishings in the world. Here are some tips for maintaining the beauty of your rug for decades.

Vacuum with care

Like other floor coverings, Oriental and Persian rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt, lift fibers and restore freshness. Use your brush attachment and move it gently in a back-and-forth motion across the rug. Do not use a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush on rug fringe. A soft broom will whisk away debris and straighten the fringe, without risk of snarling, twisting or breaking the fibers.

Pad for protection

If you are placing your rug on hardwood, tile, concrete or natural stone, a quality pad will help protect if from slipping and from wear and tear. Mansour will guide you in the selection of the right pad, including the correct weight and material.

Rotate 

To insure even wear on the fibers in your Oriental rug, rotate it at least once a year. Twice a year may be best in high-traffic areas, such as hallways, kitchens or entryways. In low-use areas, such as guest rooms, dining rooms and other formal rooms, every two years is sufficient.

Remedial stain removal

Whether you spill a glass of wine on the rug or a dish of chocolate ice cream falls to the floor, take action as soon as you can. There are a number of ways to avoid permanent damage, and you may be able to make a stain vanish on your own, especially if you move quickly. A stain removal kit will help you do just that.

If, however, after your best efforts, you are not completely satisfied, call our shop in Roseville or Sacramento. We are happy to offer advice and are equipped to give the stain professional treatment.

Your stain removal kit

Assemble these items and keep them close at hand:

  • Clean, soft cloths
  • Blotter paper and paper towels
  • Brown paper bags (to remove wax)
  • Clothes brush
  • Mild detergent (Check labels to make sure the product does not contain any type of bleach.)
  • White vinegar
  • Hairspray
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Household ammonia (typically 5 percent to 10 percent in solution)
  • Sponges, natural or synthetic. Test synthetic sponges to make sure they are colorfast.
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • A small bucket or container for water
How to treat stains
  • Work quickly.
  • Blot a liquid stain with paper towels. Do not rub.
  • Test to see if water alone will dilute and remove the stain.
  • Be careful not to over-soak fibers.
  • Gently blot up the water to see if the stain has been removed.
  • Treat the stain lightly from the outer edges toward the center to prevent it from spreading or causing a ring. If cleaning with water isn’t 100 percent successful, choose a stain removal medium from your kit and apply with a clean cloth.
  • Do not over-soak the stain, but make repeated applications over time.
  • Allow the spot to dry. You may also use a fan or a hair dryer set on cool.
  • When the rug is dry, whisk the pile with a clothes brush.
Candle wax

Use ice cubes to “freeze” the wax. Gently remove as much wax as possible without pulling or tugging.

Place a piece of blotter paper, a brown paper bag or a paper towel over the wax. Set your iron on “permanent press” and slowly move the iron over the wax, watching to see a blot appear on the paper as the wax melts into it. Keep the iron in constant motion.

When the wax has permeated one section of the paper, move the paper, and repeat until all wax has been absorbed.

Ink

Use hairspray to saturate the spot. Allow the hairspray to dry and brush the spot with a solution of water and vinegar.

Chewing gum

Press ice cubes against the gum. When it becomes brittle, you may be able to break it off in small pieces.

Wine and chocolate ice cream
  • Blot the stain with a paper towel or soft cloth.
  • Apply a tiny amount of gentle liquid dish soap to a cloth or sponge and dab it on the stain.
  • Apply water to remove soap.
  • Repeat until the stain is gone.