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Rug Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Persian, Oriental & Jute Rugs at Home

Freshen up the rugs in your home with this article on rug washing! Find out how to clean and remove stains from jute, oriental and persian rugs.


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Jute, persian, and oriental rugs can make any house into a home but, unfortunately, often come with demanding care requirements. With the right advice however, you can take matters into your own hands, reducing the need for expensive professional cleaning and helping your rugs stay in great condition for longer.

Since combing can damage an oriental or Persian rugs’ fringe, straighten it by flipping the rug end-over-end instead.

How to Clean a Jute Rug

Jute rugs are made of hard-wearing natural fibers. Despite their durable nature, they require reasonable care when cleaning. Soaps, detergents, and water can all damage jute.


How to Clean a Jute Rug: Stains

  1. First dab off any excess moisture as soon as possible. (Don’t rub, as this can cause the stain to set, and rubbing can fray jute fibers.)
  2. Gently brush with a soft brush and water as immediate treatment.
  3. If the stain is acidic, use club soda instead of water.
  4. Dry immediately with a hairdryer to avoid damage.
  5. For solids, first gently scrape it off with a blunt knife or spatula.
  6. Brush the remains with a stiff brush and vacuum.

Jute Rug Care: Prevention & Upkeep

  • Vacuum your rug regularly. If left, grit can wear away at the fibers.
  • If the rug is bound, make sure to vacuum the same way as the binding is sewn.
  • Don’t use too much water when cleaning, and never shampoo or steam-clean jute. Jute releases brown oils when wet and water can distort the fibers too.
  • Dry carpet cleaning systems are very effective if serious cleaning is required.

How to Clean Persian and Oriental Rugs at Home

Persian and oriental rugs sometimes use vegetable dyes, and can often be made of silk or wool. It can be confusing, then, how to clean such rugs at home. Help, however, is at hand.

Persian and Oriental Rug Spot Cleaning

  1. Use tissue to absorb any water in case it soaks through.
  2. Gently dab with tissue, from the outside of the stain first, then working your way in.
  3. Do not use soap or bleach.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with 3:1 white vinegar and water mix.
  5. Mist the stain and, using a soft brush, brush gently in the direction of the pile.
  6. If the stain is acidic (wine or tomato, for example), fill the bottle with club soda instead.
  7. Dry immediately with a fan or by giving it a wet vacuum.
  8. For solids, scrape with a spatula or blunt knife instead. Then vacuum.

How to Clean Persian and Oriental Rugs: General Clean

Sometimes, however, your rug may need something more comprehensive. Knowing how to clean the rug in this way is important for keeping it in good condition and looking great. (The following steps are not suitable for silk rugs, which will most likely need professional attention.)

  1. First, beat the rug to remove loose particles and grit. (Do this gently if the rug is old. Do not do this if you have any doubts about its delicate nature.)
  2. Mix wool-safe shampoo in a bowl with warm water.
  3. Whisk up the bowl to produce foam.
  4. Put a small amount of foam (and only the foam) on the rug. Make sure to not get the rug wet.
  5. With a sponge, gently rub in the direction of the pile.
  6. Rinse by placing a tiny amount of water on the rug and then absorbing it with a dry sponge. (The water should not reach the back of the rug.)

Persian and Oriental Rug Care

  • Vacuum both sides of the rug regularly. This will reduce wear from grit and help to lift up beaten-down fibers to make the rug nice and fluffy again.
  • If you have one, turn off the beater bar when vacuuming to help reduce damage to the rug.

Be sure to test any new cleaning product or technique on an inconspicuous area first. Always read and follow any care instructions your rug may have, as well as those of any cleaning product.

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