How to Clean Persian Rugs

Dr. Harry Noland
11 Min Read

If you’re a proud owner of a Persian rug, you know how important it is to keep it clean and well-maintained. These rugs are not only beautiful but also hold significant cultural and historical value. However, cleaning a Persian rug can seem like a daunting task, and you may be worried about damaging it.

Don’t fret! With the right approach and tools, you can effectively clean your Persian rug from the comfort of your own home, and we’ll guide you through each step of the process.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cleaning a Persian rug is crucial to maintain its plushness and vividness.
  • With the right approach and tools, you can clean your rug at home without damaging it.
  • Before starting the cleaning process, gather the necessary supplies including a vacuum cleaner, mild detergent, white vinegar, a soft bristle brush, clean white towels, and access to clean water.
  • Preparing the rug for cleaning involves gently dusting or shaking off loose dirt and debris, and then vacuuming the entire surface of the rug to remove any remaining dust or pet hair.
  • Cleaning the Persian rug involves spot cleaning stains, using a mild detergent solution, rinsing thoroughly, and removing excess water.
  • After cleaning, it’s important to properly dry the rug to prevent mold or mildew growth and follow maintenance tips to ensure its longevity.

Gather the Necessary Supplies

Before you begin cleaning your Persian rug, it’s important to gather all the necessary rug cleaning supplies. You will need a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, mild detergent, white vinegar, a soft bristle brush, clean white towels, and access to clean water.

When it comes to cleaning equipment for Persian rugs, you don’t need anything too fancy or expensive. Most of the supplies you’ll need can be found easily at your local grocery or hardware store. Just be sure to choose a mild detergent that is suitable for delicate fabrics, and avoid harsh chemicals and bleach that can damage the rug’s fibers.

For those looking for commercial Persian rug cleaning products, be sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Some products may require dilution in water and will also need to be rinsed thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue on the rug.

Preparing the Rug for Cleaning

Before you begin the cleaning process, it is important to properly prepare the Persian rug. This will help ensure that all dirt and debris are removed, and that the rug is cleaned effectively.

The preparation process begins with gently dusting the rug to remove any loose dirt or debris. This can be done by shaking the rug outside or using a soft bristle brush to gently sweep the surface of the rug. Once you’ve removed as much loose dirt as possible, it’s time to vacuum the rug.

When vacuuming the rug, be sure to use a brush attachment to gently remove any remaining dirt or pet hair. Take care to vacuum both sides of the rug, using a gentle back-and-forth motion to avoid damaging the delicate fibers. If your vacuum has a beater bar, be sure to turn it off to avoid damaging the rug.

After vacuuming the rug, it’s time to spot clean any stains. This can be done by mixing a small amount of mild detergent with water and using a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the stained area. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and blot dry with a clean white towel.

Finally, if your rug has fringes, it’s important to gently hand wash them to avoid damaging them during the cleaning process. Simply dip the fringes in a mild detergent solution and gently swish them back and forth. Rinse the fringes thoroughly with clean water and hang them to dry.

Now that your Persian rug is properly prepared for cleaning, it’s time to move on to the next step of the process.

Cleaning the Persian Rug

Now that your rug is prepared, you’re ready to start the cleaning process. Follow these simple steps to wash your Persian rug:

  1. Spot clean any stains with a mild detergent solution and a soft bristle brush.
  2. Prepare a mild detergent solution with a ratio of one teaspoon of detergent to one gallon of water.
  3. Using a clean sponge or rag, apply the solution to the rug. Avoid soaking the rug with too much water.
  4. Gently scrub the rug with a soft-bristle brush to work the solution into the fibers.
  5. Rinse the rug thoroughly with clean water until there are no more suds.
  6. Remove excess water by pressing the rug with clean towels, starting from the center and working your way to the edges.

It’s important not to twist or wring the rug, as this can damage the fibers. Repeat the rinsing and towel blotting process until the rug is almost dry, then let it air-dry completely.

For particularly stubborn stains or heavily soiled areas, it may be necessary to seek professional cleaning services. However, following these simple techniques should help maintain the plushness and vibrancy of your Persian rug for years to come.

Drying and Maintaining the Rug

After cleaning your Persian rug, it’s crucial to dry it properly to avoid any potential mold or mildew growth. Here are some effective drying methods:

Drying Method Instructions
Air Drying Lay the rug flat on a clean, dry surface in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Flip the rug over every few hours until both sides are completely dry.
Using Fans If air-drying takes too long, you can speed up the process by using fans. Place the rug on a clean, dry surface, and position the fans around the rug to circulate air over and under it. Make sure the rug is completely dry before storing or using it.

After drying the rug, it’s essential to maintain its quality and appearance. Here are some tips:

Tip: Avoid exposing your rug to direct sunlight or heat sources, which can fade the colors and damage the fibers over time.

Tip: Rotate the rug regularly to ensure even wear and tear and prevent matting or crushing of the fibers in high-traffic areas.

Tip: Vacuum your rug regularly with a brush attachment to remove any dirt or debris and restore the plushness of the pile. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar, which can damage the fibers.

By following these drying and maintenance tips, you can ensure the longevity of your Persian rug and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Drying and Maintaining the Rug

After you have finished washing your Persian rug, it’s time to dry it properly to avoid any damage.

If you have access to an outdoor area, you can hang the rug on a clothesline in a shaded area. This way, the rug will receive ample sunlight and air circulation, which are both necessary for quick and effective drying. You can also use a fan to speed up the drying process.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Avoid drying the rug in direct sunlight, as it can cause fading and discoloration. Also, make sure to flip the rug over occasionally to ensure even drying.

Protect the Rug during Drying

It’s important to protect the rug during the drying process by placing a clean, dry towel underneath it to absorb any excess water. Keep the rug away from any heat sources such as radiators or heaters, as this can cause shrinkage or damage to the fibers.

Once the rug has completely dried, you can use a soft bristle brush to gently fluff up the fibers. This will help to restore the rug’s plushness and texture.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your Persian rug looking its best. It’s recommended to vacuum your rug regularly to remove any dust or dirt that may accumulate over time. If you spill something on your rug, attend to it immediately to prevent staining.

Additionally, it’s important to rotate the rug every few months to ensure even wear. This will prevent one area of the rug from becoming more worn than others.


Cleaning and maintaining a Persian rug may seem like a task, but it’s worth it to preserve its beauty and value. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can successfully clean and dry your rug, and keep up with regular maintenance to ensure its longevity.

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