How to clean a Navajo rug

How to clean a Navajo rug.

American Indian Navajo rugs are exquisitely beautiful, fragile and not to mention expensive. Many people don’t know how to clean these rugs and often damage them beyond repair when trying to do so. Here we will show you how to clean a Navajo rug, as well as share some tips on how to keep them in good condition for longer.

Topics covered
  • How to clean a Navajo rug
  • Navajo carpet care tips




How to clean a Navajo rug

There are a lot more dont’s than do’s when it comes to cleaning a Navajo rug. For example, never steam clean, iron, rub, machine wash, or get water on it, because it can damage the fibers and cause the colors to run.

Also, never hang the rug up and beat it – even when doing so gently – because it can damage the fibers.

In the event of spillage, immediately blot it gently with a dry towel or cloth to get the dampness out. If the spillage is caused by red wine, then it’s okay to counteract it with a little bit of white wine.

However, for a proper and thorough clean, it’s best to take it to an experienced and professional dry cleaner – who knows how to deal with these specific types of rugs – instead of you doing it yourself.


Navajo carpet care tips

Navajo textiles may look durable, and in some ways they are, but they are also extremely fragile at the same time. Keep your rug in great shape for longer by following these Navajo carpet care tips.

Vacuum regularly: Vacuum your rug fairly regularly with a smooth floor attachment.

Dry clean: When it’s time for a clean, always take it for dry cleaning.

Hanging from the wall: Many people have their Navajo wool rugs displayed on the wall. When doing so, it’s vital to hang it up correctly and securely with a proper rug hanger to prevent it from sagging so that the fibers do not become stretched beyond repair.

When placed on the floor: Use pads underneath the rug if you keep it on the floor. This not only prevents it from sliding around but more importantly, it creates a protective cushion effect on the weaves when walking on it.

Avoid sunlight: The colors are created from vegetal dyes, which start to fade even when exposed to sunlight for fairly short periods. It’s therefore essential to keep it away from sunlight.

Keep moths away: Moths love wool so regularly use a moth repellant to prevent them from eating your rug and laying eggs within the fibers.

Curling corners: It’s not uncommon for these rugs to start curling in the corners. This curling is the result of fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Unfortunately, there is no way of stopping this from happening but you can fix it by carefully untying the corner ties and then adjusting the binding cord before retying it again.

Storage: There is a right way and a wrong way when it comes to storage. For example, never fold or pile them on top of one another because it causes stretches and creases which can never be removed.

The correct way for storing your Navajo rug is to roll it – preferably with a roller – and then store it in a cool, dark place. It’s also strongly advised to apply a moth repellant to prevent moths from destroying the rug while in storage.


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