If you have started to collect authentic Persian rugs, you will know how exquisite and beautiful the pieces are, and you will also know how hard-wearing and durable that they are too. The chances are that you will even know that a good rug can be considered an investment piece, because of the hard work and expert craftsmanship which goes into creating these stunning items.

However, your Persian rugs will only be investment pieces if you treat them with the same love and respect that you would treat any other investments. If you do not take care of your rugs, they will depreciate in value. Although Persian rugs are usually considered easy to take care of and easy to clean, here are a few tips on keeping your rug clean so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

If you are choosing to display your rug on the floor or are using your rug in place of a carpet on a bare floor, make sure that your rug is placed properly and does not bunch. Rugs that suffer from bunching will show signs of wear and tear more quickly than rugs that lie flat, especially in the areas where the bunching occurs. One way to counteract this is by putting a rug-hold underlay below the rug to prevent it from moving as easily on smooth stone or wood floors. This can also help to prevent the rug from becoming a slip or trip hazard.

In the unfortunate even that you spill something liquid onto one of your Persian Rugs, you should begin by gently blotting the rug, rather than vigorously rubbing it.   Rather than removing a stain, rubbing can actually end up embedding the stain further into the fabric, and if you rub too hard, it might actually break the delicately woven fibres of the piece.

Do not use harsh chemical cleaning products on Persian rugs as this can lead to the natural dyes becoming unfixed, and the colours may begin to bleed into one another. If the stain will not come out when you are just using water, put a towel under the stain, then add a little soda water to the affected area, before applying pressure from above, using another towel. This should help to lift the stain out, however if you notice that the colours of the dye are beginning to appear on the towel instead, stop what you are doing immediately.

It is important that you regularly clean your rug to remove dry dirt, such as tiny stones or other miniscule fragments which may have gotten onto the rug, because the friction created by these fragments can damage the fibres of Persian rugs. However, rugs are very easy to clean, so this task need not be time consuming. Simply hang the rug over a washing line and gently beat the rug using a carpet beater or similar cleaning implement until the dirt falls out. You can then easily sweep the dirt off the floor below to clean up!

If you think that your Persian rugs still need further attention, contact an expert who specialises in cleaning Persian rugs.