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How to clean and maintain silk rugs?

How to clean and maintain silk rugs?

Material silk is extracted from silkworms and is a natural protein fiber. It is composed of fibroin and is known to be one of the strongest natural fibers. Silk rugs have the quality of refracting light and that is the reason why these rugs look so shiny. Hot water and steam can definitely damage silk rugs so it is highly advisable to take care of the rugs in a proper way.


Maintaining a silk rug and cleaning it is not a big deal. It is very simple and easy to remove dust and dirt. Some of the simple ways include: vacuuming the rugs regularly by either using a brushless suction head or a roller brush. Another way is to sweep silk rugs with a soft broom; this will remove any excessive dust and dirt.

Also an individual can shake the rug to remove any dust or odors. If something spills on the floor then one should clean it immediately by either using a spoon or any other device. Also if a liquid spills then it is advisable to wipe it with a soft wet cloth so that the stains are removed completely.

There are times when the color stays on the rugs, for that one should use a club soda which will help absorb and remove the color. Another way to remove stains and color is to use vinegar and water solution. For removing odors one can always use baking soda or a vacuum cleaner. Even by using vinegar and a water solution one can remove the excessive odor from the silk rugs.


There are certain warnings and safety measures that are required when maintaining rugs. First of all when cleaning rugs one should never use hot water. Also before applying any solution to the entire rug one should always test the solution on a small area.


However there are some differences between silk and wool rugs. First of all silk rugs are expensive than wool. Secondly silk rugs are more delicate than wool. Also wool rugs are stain resistant whereas rugs made up of silk are not at all resistant. However rugs made up of silk comes in amazing variety, designs and colors. There is also a growing trend of custom made rugs which are made according to the requirements of the customers. All the designs are colors are chosen by customers themselves.