How to clean a kilim rug

How to clean a kilim rug

Kilim rugs are some of the most beautiful and spectacular works of art, but as with all other rugs they are made to be used and walked on. Kilim rugs can be very durable and resistant. Having said that, special attention and care is needed to maintain and clean them. It is strongly recommended not to use strong detergents and harsh cleaning, and instead use these easy ways to clean your kilim rug at home.


Vacuum cleaning

Make sure to use a good vacuum cleaner with the correct setting for regular cleaning, making sure to vacuum both sides. Never use the highest setting to vacuum. Never use a dryer or a washing machine to clean a kilim rug. The best place to clean and wash a kilim rug is outside on grass or gravel with cold water. While doing this make sure not to wash the kilim rug on a flat surface, the water needs to able to drain away to avoid soaking the kilim rug and making the colours wash out. For a detergent use a soft natural soap or a baby shampoo to clean the rug.

Be aware to never vacuum over the fringes of a kilim rug.


If you find that the colours are fading over time use a solution of half vinegar and half cold water on the kilim rug. Using a very soft brush, brush on both sides of the rug and then rinse it with cold water. After you have washed the rug, place it flat outside to dry in the shade making sure to rotate it so that it dries evenly. It is highly recommended to flip the rug to prevent any sun damage if the rug is taking some time to dry in the sun.

In the case that your kilim rug has a stain or an accidental spill, make sure to treat that stain immediately. Make sure to immediately blot the stain to remove as much of the liquid/stain as possible. Start from the very edge of the stain and move inwards towards the center of the stain to avoid the stain spreading out even more. When you have blotted as much of the stain out as possible, place a shallow container with a lip that is slightly larger than the stain and place it under it.

Using cold clean water, rinse and dilute the stain as much as you possibly can. Make sure to flatten out the kilim rug and then blot out the liquid until the stain is gone. To then dry the affected spot, you could use a hair dryer on a very low or cold setting so that the affected area does not spread.

If all of this does not work then it is best to seek a professional or a cleaning service. When choosing a cleaning service you must be aware of a few things. First, do not take the rug straight to a dry cleaner. Dry cleaners may use harsh chemicals that may damage your rug. Search for a professional cleaning service that has experience and knowledge of cleaning kilim rugs.

Maintaining a kilim rug may take a bit more work than a regular carpet or rug, but it’s worth it. With the right care and patience, a dazzling kilim rug can stand the test of time and even one day become a family heirloom.







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