How to Clean Persian Carpets?

October 19, 2020

Persian Carpets or rugs are a worldwide popular type of mattings that are also known as Iranian Carpets, however, nowadays they are also made in India or China. These rugs are known for their rich colors and unique designs. Among all other oriental rugs, the Persian carpets stand out front the rests with the variety and elaborateness of their manifold designs. Over the years these carpets became the favorite choice of mattings for millions of people all over the world due to the fact the craft of creating them is considered artwork not only in Iran. 

Oriental rugs come in a variety of shapes, designs, and forms. They are considered high-quality fabrics which means that they are mostly made from natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk but can also be produced from synthetic materials. Their fabric is essential when it comes to cleaning because you need to treat them differently as they are sensitive to different detergents and cleaning products and vary in this regard.

General Cleaning Tips for Persian Carpets


1. Check the label of your carpet to find out what kind of fabric you are trying to clean.

This will help you make the right decision and give your carpet the proper treatment. By doing this you make sure that the carpet will not be destroyed. 

2. Keep your rug away from direct sunlight if possible. 

Persian rugs and carpets can be prone to sun damage, so if it’s possible put them somewhere where they are not constantly exposed to direct sunlight. You are mainly doing this to protect the carpet color and keep it fresh as long as possible. We all know that Oriental carpets are not cheap, so it is a good idea to take care of them on time. 

3. Before applying any type of detergent or cleaning product – TEST it! Apply a  small amount of the cleaning product on the corner of the rug or matting and slowly and lightly brush. 

4. Deposit talcum powder to remove unwanted odors. Talcum powder is gentle to most of the carpet fabrics. It absorbs moisture very well and helps cut down on friction.


How to clean a Cotton Persian Carpet?


Cotton is a durable fabric that can generally tolerate the shaking of being machine washed and dried with no negative effects. 

  • Pick it up and shake your rug outside. If you have a particularly heavy rug, try to hang it on a clothesline and beat it with your hands or as funny as it sounds with a rolling pin. 
  • Vacuum the carpet from both sides thoroughly.  
  • Place the type of rug in the washing machine. Remember the 1st General Cleaning tip we gave you? ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL. Use cold water and mild or light soap. 

Dry clean the carpet if you prefer not to machine-wash it.


Cleaning your carpet is essential. As unusual as it might sound dirty carpet and rugs can hinder airflow in your bedroom or livingroom. 

There are potential health issues that can occur if you avoid taking proper care of your carpet. Accumulation of dirt, dist, and bacteria can cause common cold symptoms but what is worse with time this could bring a lung infection.  It might seem like a lot of work considering that you have to buy some products and spend some time on it but it is worth it! 


How to clean a Silk Persian Carpet?


  • It is better not to vacuum silk rugs without the help of cleaning experts! Silk is very gentle and so you better sweep away the dust or dirt from it, preferably outside to avoid dust spread in your home. If you are set on using a vacuum cleaner make sure to only use the suction attachment. 
  • DIY! Make your homemade cleaning solution by mixing half water and half white wine vinegar in a spray bottle. 
  • Spray the cleaning solution all over the carpet evenly. 
  • Get your self a clean, dry cloth and wipe away the homemade detergent 
  • For oily stains or urine, you have to use an additional cleaning technique. Firstly add a nice amount of baking soda to the stain. Then blend half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish detergent and place the combination in a bottle. Spray over the baking soda area until the baking soda is covered. Use a dry cloth to remove the baking soda. Let dry! 


Tip: Silk is a delicate fabric, so consider contacting a professional cleaning company.


Clean Expert is a company with more than 25 years of experience in the industry and a leading expert in the field. We specialize in Carpet and Rug Cleaning and use the best equipment and detergents to make sure that you have your property is spotlessly clean.

How to clean a Wool Persian Carpet?


Before proceeding make sure that you buy a special wool wash detergent!

  • Take it outside and shake, and beat your rug. If you have a particularly heavy rug, try to hang it on a clothesline and beat your hands, a tennis racket, or if you have it a rug beater. Use this time to clean what was underneath the carpet. 
  • Vacuum the Wool Persian Carpet. Now, why are you doing both? Wool Persian Carpets are beautiful but are among the fabrics that contain the most dirt. 
  • DIY Wool Wash! – It is best to buy this product because it takes a little more time to make it. But here is our recipe that you can make at home 


*Recipe for Wool Wash: 1L. pure soap or soap flakes: 1L boiling water, 375 ml of denatured alcohol, 1 tablespoon essential vanilla oil for fragrance 


  • Scrub Gently! Sponge on the cleaning solution using gentle pressure with a wash brush. 
  • Dip a clean old towel in water and use it to clean the rug or carpet
  • Use talcum powder to dry out.


How to clean a Synthetic Persian Carpet?


Synthetic Persian Carpets require often cleaning because the elimination of visible dirt from the surface does not let you completely get rid of dust. However, they are easier to clean.


  • Start by vacuuming the carpet
  • In a spray bottle add a simple mixture of 2L. of water, 1 tablespoon of soda, and 60ml. of white wine vinegar. 
  • Spray the combination on the carpet but try not to waterlog the rug. 
  • Soft brush and you will see the colors changing back to normality! 
  • Vacuum again and you are ready 


There you have it those are the different ways to clean your Persian rug depending on the type of fabric- whether it is silk, wool, cotton, or polyester you can refer to the tips above. If you are still hesitating and you think you could use some help, call us at 074 6722 2537/ 020 3713 7718 or book us with our contact form. Remember that we are here to save you time and deliver incredible results. Good luck!


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