The hand-woven carpet is a valuable asset which, if well preserved and treated with due attention, remains for many years, always intact, bright and beautiful.
The appropriate use of the carpet is one of the main precautions to be used for its conservation: it is obvious, for example, that if you spread a delicate, expensive carpet with a light background in a continuous coming and going place, next to the fireplace or in the kitchen, in a short time it will be worn out, laundry and dirty.
We offer a handbook of useful recommendations for a good conservation of carpets.
Ten rules for keeping your carpet in the best possible way
1. Carpet and Light
The carpet must be kept as far away as possible from the violent and uninterrupted light of the sun; it must be protected with thick curtains or shutters that hinder the action of direct sunlight.
2. Carpet and Plants
It is advisable to refrain from placing pots with plants or flowers with drainage holes or other damp objects on the carpet; in case the carpet gets wet, it is necessary to immediately remove the traces of any humidity and dirt from both sides.
3. Rotate the carpet
Every now and then the carpet must be turned and its most trampled parts placed in other areas of the room, so that the level of the pile naturally uniforms with exposure to rubbing.
4. Door rubbing
Carpets must not be laid out under doors. If there is not enough space, the rotation of the door will cause it to crease and wear.
5. Non-slip for carpets
If the rugs are laid on slippery surfaces – such as linoleum, parquet and marble floors – and especially in the case of single-weave or silk rugs, they will slide easily under your feet and move from one part of the room to the other. . In order to avoid this inconvenience, it will be good to place linings under the carpet, or the particular polyester nets currently on the market, of reduced dimensions compared to the measurements of the carpet.
6. Place a carpet on a ladder
The aisles placed on the stairs must be fixed to the steps by means of special metal bars, to prevent them from moving as we pass. It will be good to periodically move them higher or lower than a few centimeters so that the parts located on the edge of the steps, and therefore subjected to greater wear, are not always the same and that the thickness of the lane gradually becomes uniform. Also remembering that the continuous and uniform friction operated on an area of the carpet, for example by the legs of a chair, causes that part of the carpet to wear quickly and tear. In these cases it is advisable to place a piece of linoleum or something with the same functions in the areas most exposed to wear and tear.
7. Place it on an even surface
If the carpet is placed on stone or mosaic floors, the interstices between the tiles or between the tiles must not be protruding or sharp, otherwise the carpet can tear and puncture due to the continuous corrosion exerted by them.
8. Carpet under a piece of furniture
Even the heavy legs of furniture, chairs, tables, beds or anything else must exert constant pressure on the carpet, and the fleece must not remain compressed for a long time. Also in these cases under the legs of the heavier bodies you can put a piece of cardboard, of linoleum wood.
9. Expose the carpet to air
Never leave the same part of the carpet under the bed for a long time, or under furniture and sofas hidden from view: darkness, lack of air and the impossibility of cleaning it easily, are the most favorable conditions for the formation of moths and of lacerations.
10. Do not use a carpet cleaner
Last rule, but not in order of importance, is to always keep your carpet clean and tidy if you want it to remain resistant and beautiful over time; never slam it in an attempt to free it from dust and earth: we have seen that by doing this, the knots, especially near the fringes and edges, can be loosened, or even detached from the intertwining of wefts and warps, if the habit were to last over time.