We recommend the following practices in maintaining and cleaning your Safavieh rugs:
General care & cleaning
Protecting against humidityHumid weather is the worst enemy of the warp and weft threads of Oriental rugs. These threads are often made of cotton, and over time they can absorb humidity and rot. This problem is most often seen in older rugs, and is almost never detected by the untrained eye. Before threads rot, they tend to dry out, causing portions of the rug to stiffen. You can avoid humidity damage by having an expert periodically check your rug and replace any dry threads.
Preventing moth damageMoths love wool — especially where there is a lack of air circulation. Before storing your rugs, protect against moth damage by using a few commercially available moth balls.
Avoiding uneven wear & fadingOver time, study the traffic patterns on your rug. If there is constant traffic on one portion of the rug, rotate the rug every year. This will ensure equal traffic and wear on all sides. The same rule applies to fading — over many years of exposure to the sun, most Oriental rugs will fade in color and brightness. This is not a problem, as long as the fading is even throughout the rug's pattern. As new rugs age, the bright colors will fade into beautiful soft tones. (This is one reason why older rugs are more desirable.) To prevent uneven fading, position your rugs so that each section receives equal amounts of sunlight.
Repairing color runsBoth vegetable dyes and chemical dyes may run if the rug is improperly washed, or if water is spilled on the carpet. Experts can clean the color run and restore the beauty of your Oriental rug.
Maintaining rug construction