This morning our ten year old, 120 gallon hot water tank rusted out and a river of boiling water went through the edge of our downstairs showroom. Thankfully no rugs or people were injured during this stunt, don't try this one at home.
We hand wash rugs with cold water and use hot on the fringes after the rugs are dry to make them really white without having to use bleaches which will eventually corrode the material.
Speaking of being in hot water: Part of the fun thing with Oriental Rugs is what goes into making them. Michelle Whipplinger and her delightful, well educated staff run Earthues - a studio dedicated to natural dying, textiles and education. If you've ever wondered if the hot pink or orange in your rug could EVEN be natural, this is the place to find out. Check out their schedule!