General Care & Maintenance
Most of today’s vacuums are designed for high powered suction on hardwood flooring and wall to wall carpet. Because of this, they are often too abrasive for use with area rugs on a normal setting. Upright or canister vacuums that don’t include a beater bar are the best choice.
- After vacuuming, check the canister or bag for rug fibers. While shedding is normal with all rugs, a large amount of fibers filling your canister are an indication that vacuuming is being done too aggressively. Adjust your settings accordingly.
- If you are not using a handheld attachment, and your vacuum has a beater bar (brush), remove or raise it as high as possible. Vacuum carefully. This is extremely important as the brush can pull out fibres from the rug’s backing and/or cause fuzzing on the surface.
- Wool is able to hide a large amount of dirt before it begins to show on the rug surface. Vacuum from side to side to remove as much dirt as possible.
- If you don’t have a canister vacuum, use either your vacuum’s handheld attachment (if it has one), or choose the lowest setting available to you.
- Avoid vacuuming fringes/tassels or serged (bound) edges on rugs. This will help prevent fraying or other destruction to these edges.
- Spills must be blotted immediately using a clean white cloth. Do not rub. Allowing a spill to set will make the stain more difficult to clean later, and rubbing can force the stain deeper into your rug’s surface.
- Avoid over saturating a wool rug with water to keep dyes from bleeding. We recommend using lukewarm water to remove any stains.
- Once you have finished cleaning the area, use clean, dry towels to wick away all moisture.
Apart from regular home upkeep, we strongly recommend professional cleaning. To keep your rugs looking fresh, they should be brought to a reputable cleaner at least once a year.
There are some rugs that require special care. Follow the cleaning guidelines that is given on the tag of the rug is the best option, in case if your area rug does not have specific instruction then you can follow the below steps:
Fur or Sheepskin Area Rug: Spread some amount of talcum powder onto the rug. Wait for a few hours so that powder can properly set on the rug. Now Brush it through the hair or fur and then shake it out. If the size of the rug is very long then it may possible you need to repeat the same process until the rug is not clean. To clean the back part of such a carpet, you can use a neat and clean cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy fresh water. Remove any dirt or spills. Rinse with a cloth dipped in lukewarm water and allow to dry completely before setting up back.
Braided Area Rugs: Put a towel or blanket down on a vinyl or concrete floor. Now put the carpet on the top of the blanket. For cleaning always use commercial rug cleaning solution, wipe it onto the carpet and rub it in. Wash the carpet with fresh water and place it on dry towels or blankets until the rug is completely dry.
Handmade or Antique Area Rugs: Always place nylon screen on the carpet. By using the vacuum attachment, vacuum over the screen. If you are worried about cleaning your rug, consult with rug manufacturer (if possible) to get additional information on how to properly care for your carpet.