How can I clean my carpet using a vacuum cleaner?
First turn the carpet on its back and tread on it so that the dust does not settle deep within the pile. A handmade carpet should not be beaten with a rod, because otherwise there is a risk of breaking the knots and the weft or even the warp where the knots are tied. Then turn it again on its front side and use the vacuum cleaner. Do not apply pressure or rub forcefully against the pile. Always wipe in the direction of the pile and not against it.
How can I clean my carpet using water?
Move the handmade carpet to your balcony or the roof of your house and leave it there for about an hour so that sun shines on its back side. In this way moisture and dust that has been collected through time in the pile’s roots is removed. Clean your carpet with a vacuum cleaner as described previously.
Use a solution of wool clothing detergent or even better hair shampoo and lukewarm water. Mix the solution well in a basin until it foams. Using a well-wrung sponge dipped in this solution wipe the carpet little by little always in the direction of the pile. After this process the colours regain their natural shine.
How can I store my carpet?
Quality handmade carpets consist of natural fibers, so they should be able to breathe. Naphthalene is used in the storage space and not in the carpet itself. Carpets are rolled in the direction of the pile in a cotton or linen cloth (e.g. a bed sheet) and stored in a dry place.