understorey's quick guide to hand-knotted rug care

Hand-knotted rugs are valuable heirlooms that need special care. Here’s a streamlined guide to keep your rug looking new for years.

daily care

  • Vacuum regularly using a low-suction, brush-equipped vacuum.
  • Rotate the rug occasionally to even out wear.

spill management

  • Blot spills immediately with a clean cloth.
  • Use rug-safe cleaners, following manufacturer’s instructions.

professional cleaning

Periodically hire experts familiar with hand-knotted rugs for deep cleaning.

sun protection

No need for sun protection; only outdoor rugs are at risk of sun damage.

rug placement

  • Use a quality underpad for support and slip prevention.
  • Keep the rug away from high-traffic areas and sharp furniture.

moth prevention

  • Vacuum both sides regularly.
  • Use moth repellents or cedar chips for storage.

storage tips

Store clean, dry, and rolled rugs in ventilated areas.

additional tips

  • Use a soft brush to remove loose dirt.
  • Rotate the rug every six months.
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas.
  • Trim loose threads carefully.
  • For major damages, seek professional restoration.
  • Use furniture pads to prevent fiber damage.
  • Regularly inspect for pests.


Keep updated records for insurance and valuation.