How to Care for Chimayo Rugs
This advice is for all Chimayo rugs and blankets both old and new as well for other flat woven weavings such as Mexican Indian Zapotec rugs and blankets or Oriental kilims woven in the Mideast. Chimayo and other Rio Grande rugs from New Mexico must be properly maintained in order to keep their value and beauty. While there are many opinions and theories concerning the care of Chimayo rugs and blankets, if you follow some simple, common sense rules, your Chimayo rugs will look great and last a very long time. The information would also pertain to Oriental rugs and kilims, Navajo rugs and Mexican Zapotec weavings as well. If you would like to view care instructions specific to Navajo rugs, Oriental rugs or Zapotec weavings, please follow these links:Oriental_Rug_Care, Care_of_Zapotec_Rugs, Care of Navajo rugs.
Here are some rules for maintaining your Chimayo rugs :
- If your Chimayo rugs are on the floor, use carpet pads. There is no question that a carpet pad prolongs the life of your Chimayo rug. In most cases, the best is plastic foam that will not migrate color to the rug or to the floor and will offer good wear protection. Do not use a rubber, jute or waffle carpet pad.
- Flip the rugs over periodically so there will be even distribution of fading and wear on both sides.
- Have your Chimayo rugs and other wool areas rugs treated for moths and carpet beetles. Inspect the rugs periodically for insect damage or signs of infestation. See moths.htm and carpetbeetles.htm.
- Vacuum moderately using a vacuum without the "beater bar."
- Clean spills immediately. The quicker the cleanup, the less likely that your rug will sustain permanent staining.
- House train your dog or cat. Urine stains usually cannot be removed and Fido can do a great amount of damage by chewing your treasured Navajo weaving.
- Do not allow the rugs to get wet. If they do get wet, make sure that they dry in the shortest possible time. A "wet vacuum" and a fan can help.
- Do not allow any prolonged moisture to penetrate the rug. An example would be a flower pot set on the rug, thereby causing dry rot or mildew damage.
- Have your rugs cleaned when noticeably dirty and only by a specialist with a thorough knowledge of Chimayo, Mexican Zapotec and Navajo rugs. Do not have your Chimayo rugs "dry-cleaned", "steam cleaned" or cleaned by any automated means.
- Have any fraying tears or other damage repaired immediately. If a torn or damaged area is allowed to continue fraying, it can greatly decrease the beauty and value of your rug. Remember that quality restoration can save many dollars in future repair costs and also serves to retain the beauty and value of your Navajo rug. Call or e-mail us with your specific questions.