Persian and Oriental Rug Cleaning from Silk Road Gallery Rugs

When properly cleaned and maintained, fine Persian and Oriental rugs from Silk Road Gallery will last a lifetime. While prevention is critical, periodic professional cleaning of your handmade rug is necessary for the optimal preservation of your Persian or oriental rug. Every rug we bring in is thoroughly inspected to determine how it should be cleaned and whether it needs restoration. When cleaning each rug, we take care of it as if it were our very own.

Our Persian and Oriental Rug Cleaning Process

The first step is to dust the rug very thoroughly. We turn each rug upside down and then beat it from the back, until there is no dust left. After the rug is thoroughly dusted, we wash or shampoo it. We wash or shampoo each rug by hand with a soft brush so as not to damage the rug. Depending on the strength of the dyes, and the age and condition of the rug, we determine the strength of the shampoo to be used and how the rug should be washed. After washing or shampooing, each rug is laid flat and allowed to dry naturally. This process takes longer than just hanging up the rug, but it is a lot less stressful on the foundation of the rug. Once thoroughly dried, the rug is rubbed with a pumice stone to rejuvenate the lanolin and make the rug look its very best. The fringes are then combed and evened out, and the rug is once again inspected. The rug is now ready for delivery or further restoration.

With more than eighty years and three generations of experience, Silk Road Gallery Rugs offers professional cleaning of your new or antique Persian and oriental rugs. We will help you keep your handmade rug in meticulous condition with one of the many services offered at our state-of-the-art cleaning facilities. Our expert technicians work diligently to hand-treat each rug to ensure your rugs maintain their perfect color and luster for generations.


Our Cleaning Services Include:

  • Hand cleaning (highly recommended)
  • Moth proofing
  • Stain and odor removal (enzyme cleaning)
  • Professional insurance consultations (over eighty years of knowledge)
  • Mold removal
  • Padding
  • Certified appraisal

How to keep your rug looking great for years to come

The unparalleled beauty and quality of handmade Persian and oriental rugs make them one of the world’s most exquisite treasures. When properly cared for and professionally cleaned, your fine rug will last for generations, making it an endless source of enjoyment in your home.

Why is rug cleaning important?

Persian and oriental rug experts agree that these fine rugs should be hand cleaned without harsh chemicals or machines. This method of cleaning has been used for centuries. While it’s time-consuming, hand cleaning preserves these fine rugs and is very much worth the time and effort. Leaving dust, lint, dirt, and sand on a Persian or oriental rug will accelerate the wear by cutting the rug’s fibers and encouraging mildew and pests. An in-home surface cleaning of these rugs will not remove the harmful particles from the foundation of the carpet and is not recommended by any authority on oriental rugs. Expert cleaning of your handmade rugs is the absolute best protection you can give them.