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Tips to Clean Fringes of Oriental and Persian Rugs

While cleaning Oriental or Persian rugs, we tend to forget about the fringes, which is a byproduct of the weaving process of rugs. Over time they look dirty and dingy, and cleaning them could be a hassle, but it is necessary.

Method #1

This method relies on gentle cleaners and can work on all types of rugs. It is excellent for spot cleaning fringe or an overall cleaning, and safe to use on all colors, including white. You need soft bristle brush, dish/laundry detergent or rug cleaner, water, vinegar, towel or tarp, spray bottle, and vacuum cleaner.

  • To protect your floor under the fringe, put down a towel or rug. A tarp might be easier for large rugs.
  • Thoroughly vacuum the entire rug to remove dust and dirt particles. Use a handheld attachment or vacuum without the beater brush.
  • Use the brush to comb out the fringe. Make sure the comb is soft and gentle. This step will help to remove most of the remaining dirt that is trapped in the fibers.
  • Mix a quarter cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray down the fringe. The vinegar will not only neutralize odors but the gentle acid will help loosen stains.
  • Mix a couple cups of water with a cap full of cleaner.
  • Using the brush, gently scrub the fringe with the soap mixture.
  • Rinse with water and allow full air drying.

Method #2

Some Oriental rugs made of wool and cotton are more durable, and can take a harsher chemical approach like ammonia solutions, when cleaning dirty fringe. Ammonia is safe for most colors, but just to be sure, spot test an inconspicuous area beforehand. Apart from that you require water, vinegar, vacuum cleaner, tarp or towel, sponge, soft brush, gloves, and spray bottle.

  • Lay out the tarp or towel to protect the floor underneath the rug.
  • Vacuum the entire rug with a handheld attachment.
  • Brush out the fringe to remove any hidden dirt.
  • Mix 1/8 cup of ammonia in a cup of water.
  • Dip a sponge or towel in the ammonia mixture and gently dab fringe. Repeat until the stain or dirt is removed.
  • Mix a quarter cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water.
  • Spray the fringe with the vinegar as a rinse.
  • Allow to air dry.

It is recommended not to use bleach on fringes of Oriental or Persian rugs as there are chances of fibers getting damaged!

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