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Rug Care

Cleaning Your Rugs

rug cleaning  guide
General Tips

  • Clean spills immediately so that they do not become set in the rug
  • Don’t rub stains as it can cause them to become set in the fibers, rather blot them with a cloth
  • Ensure that any cleaning products are completely removed after cleaning
  • After cleaning, use dry towels to absorb remaining moisture
  • When having rugs cleaned professionally (especially hand-made rugs), always make use of reputable rug experts
  • Before professional cleaning, ensure that the rug is inspected with the cleaner to confirm its condition and obtain a signed receipt and guarantee of work
Cleaning Guide

WOOL RUGS

  • Vacuum wool rugs regularly to keep them looking their best
  • When cleaning, use only cold or lukewarm water to avoid shrinkage and damage
  • Blot away any spills immediately and then clean with mild soap and water – do not use oxygen cleaners
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight to prevent fading
  • For best results, professional cleaning is recommended
SILK RUGS

  • Never saturate or soak silk rugs with water as this can damage the fibers
  • Blot away any spills immediately and then clean with mild soap and water – do not use oxygen cleaners
  • For best results, periodic professional cleaning is recommended and encouraged to protect silk fibers
NATURAL FIBER RUGS

  • Natural fibers are highly absorbent and should be cleaned regularly
  • Vacuum regularly to prevent dirt from becoming trapped in the fibers
  • Do not steam clean or saturate with water – this can cause rugs to shrink or be damaged
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight to prevent fading
  • Periodic professional cleaning (preferably suction or dry extraction) is recommended for best results

Vacuuming

Regular vacuuming is important to keep rugs in top condition. It helps to remove any surface dirt before it can be ground into the fibers and prevents discoloration and staining with time.

Storage of handmade rugs
Vacuuming Tips

  • Canister vacuums without beater bars are recommended for cleaning rugs
  • Brooms and other manual sweeping methods are also suitable for cleaning rugs
  • Hand-held rug-cleaning attachments should be used where possible
  • Beater bars are not recommended because they can damage rugs
  • If beater bars must be used then they should be set to the highest setting and care taken not to damage the fibers
  • Powerful vacuums are not recommended because they can pull fibers from the base of a rug
  • Reversible rugs should be vacuumed on both sides to prevent build-up of dirt on one side
  • Avoid running vacuums over edges and fringes repeatedly as this can damage them

Storage


Storage of rugs
Handmade rugs in room

Proper storage of rugs is important to prolong their lifespan and prevent them from becoming damaged over time. Ideally, the rug should first be thoroughly cleaned and dried before being rolled up and left in a cool, dry, dark space. Climate-controlled spaces are preferable to prevent fluctuations in temperature and humidity that can damage rugs.


Rug Storage Tips

  • If possible, wrap rugs in plastic or fabric before storage
  • Clean storage areas regularly to discourage insects
  • Rugs should not have heavy objects placed on top of them as these can cause damage