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How do you clean your Persian rugs?

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Spidermama Sat 07-Nov-09 15:46:34

Mine desperately need a clean. They are wool with all natural vegetable dyes so I'm assuming I can't just hire a steam cleaner but I'm really broke and mortified at how filthy they are.

NancyBotwin Sat 07-Nov-09 15:52:50

Do they just have stains on or does the whole rug need to be cleaned? I have a wool rug (probably not Persian!) which a friend got me from the middle east and I have found baby wipes are great at getting stains off. Have never tried to clean the whole thing though [slattern emoticon]

flamingtoaster Sat 07-Nov-09 15:55:48

We inherited a couple from my MIL and she said we should make up a warm solution of mild pure soap and wipe it over, small area at a time, with a well wrung out cloth. Once you've been over them with the soapy solution then repeat with clear water. She also said best done in summer so they can dry in the sun - but I'm sure if you turned up the heating they would be fine.

Spidermama Sat 07-Nov-09 16:54:45

It's the whole rug Nancy. The creamy white bits are now fairly dark grey. Really grubby.

I might try that flamingT. I'd be a bit worried that the soap wouldn't come out though.

sarah293 Sat 07-Nov-09 17:03:49

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flamingtoaster Sat 07-Nov-09 19:54:30

Spidermama - don't put very much soap in - just enough to be able to help get rid of any grease, there shouldn't be soapsuds on the mat as you work your way round it. If the creamy bits are very dirty you might have to go over them twice - but it's amazing how the dirt comes off. Squeeze the cloth out in the soapy water after each section. Good luck!

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