Silk rugs are considered to be the most expensive type of rugs available and sold in the market. The reason for this is because the material itself. Silk rugs do not come by easy as they are not easy to make. They are delicate and more difficult to fashion into a rug. In addition, it is the most labor-intensive rug to manufacture. It requires more knots and also requires a more detailed design. Because of this, silk rugs come as the most expensive. With this in mind, you should know how to take care of silk rugs to make sure that its beauty is preserved and that it lasts for several lifetimes.
Silk, unlike wool and cotton, is made of protein like human hair. Because of this, silk rugs can be damaged easily. For this reason, you have to make sure that your silk rug is placed in an area that does not have high foot traffic. This will preserve the longevity of the fiber and prevents abrasion. However, if your rug is placed in a high foot traffic area, you should see to it that your rug is rotated regularly. This will make sure that each side wears at the same rate. It is also a good idea to place your silk rug away from direct sunlight as it can make the color dyes to fade.
Stains and Spills
Before you grab your cleaning materials to remove a stain from your rug, it is essential that you determine whether the rug is made of 100% silk or not. A silk rug combined with wool is more resistant and durable to stain. If you apply water on a silk-and-wool rug, you will notice water beads on it. Wool is naturally resistant to water, that is why water beads will form on a wool rug. In addressing stains and spills, you should first make sure that your rug is colorfast. Silk rugs from China are made with vegetable-based dyes. This makes this rug extra delicate and not colorfast. If your rug bleeds with water, is it more ideal that you contact the professionals to have this cleaned to avoid further damage. If your rug is colorfast, then you can clean it yourself. You can make a mix of club soda and water (50/50 mixture) to clean a stain or spill.
Silk rugs should not be steamed cleaned or dry cleaned. Both processes have the tendency to wear away the threads of a silk rug. They can also make the color of the rug to fade. When vacuuming your silk rug, it is recommended that you use a non-rotating and non-brush vacuum cleaner. Without a vacuum cleaner, you can simply give the rug a shake and a gentle beating to detach the dirt that have settled on the rug.
Preventive measures are always better when it comes to taking care of any types of rugs. You just have to make sure that your silk rug is away from direct sunlight and is safe from tear. When spills and stains happen, it is a must that you try other non-harmful methods first before you resort to any chemical cleaning. However, to properly clean and maintain your silk rugs, it is not a bad idea to consult with the professionals as they have the tools and skills to make sure the beauty and quality of silk rugs are maintained.