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After you purchase an antique hand-knotted rug from a company like Nazmiyal Rugs, there are specific things you need to do to make it last through more generations. First, where you place the rug will make a difference in how it wears. Next, you need to protect the rug from insects and moths. Food and drink stains can also damage a rug if not removed quickly and as completely as possible. Burns can damage rugs. Vacuum cleaners can also damage rugs. It is important to protect your rugs from all of these things and then to clean them if they get soiled.
Keeping moths from damaging your rug will take some vigilance. They will put out a cobweb that is silky and white that encases the larvae, which you will find on the bottom of the rug. Checking the bottom of the rug periodically will keep the larvae from growing. Moths love to eat wool, and the rugs that are made from wool are a buffet for a moth. When you are storing wool rugs, you need to use moth balls or cedar shavings, balls, or blocks to keep the bugs away. There are moth sprays available as well. Moth balls are very aromatic and can be a little strong. Cedar has a natural smell and some people like it much better than moth balls.
Even with care and prevention, Nazmiyal Rugs will get soiled and will need to be cleaned periodically. Routinely, you should have your rug washed about every four years or so. No chemicals or stain removal products should ever be used on the rugs because they can damage the rugs like nothing else can. When food or drink makes its way onto the rugs, they should be spot cleaned. A spill should be blotted up as soon as it makes contact with the rug. Water should then be used to flush the area to remove as much of the spill as possible. Some rug colors can be diluted by lots of water, and you should test the effect of water on the rug before you douse it. After you have flushed the area with water, if it is okay, you will need to make sure the rug dries completely by letting air get to both the top and the bottom of the rug.