Your Guide for Carpet Spot Removal


A Blot with cold water.

B Treat with detergent solution or Wool Clean Spot Remover #1.

C Treat with mineral spirits, turpentine, or Wool Clean Spot Remover #2.

D Chill with an aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.

E Blot with warm water.

F Treat with clear nail polish remover.

G Treat with Isopropyl alcohol.

H Apply rust remover.

I Sprinkle absorbent powder.

J Treat with a dry compound cleaner.



Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkali) with a cup of lukewarm water or use Wool Clean Spot Remover #1 from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit. Once the stain has been treated with this solution, the spot must be well rinsed with fresh water.


Some chemicals are hazardous (corrosive, flammable, toxic, etc.). They should be used with great care strictly in accordance with their use and safety instructions.

Do not apply cleaning products that contain solvents, or Spot Remover #2 (from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit) to bonded carpets – where the pile is bonded to the backing rather than tufted or woven.

When applying Spot Remover #2 or other solvent-based cleaners ensure the areas are well ventilated.

Do not apply stain-repellent treatments that contain silicone as these can accelerate carpet soiling.

Always pre-test a cleaning agent in an inconspicuous place to ensure it doesn’t affect the color of your carpet.


Vacuum regularly.

Attend to spills immediately.

Professionally clean as required.


The most important step to maintaining your carpet is proper vacuuming. We recommend a thorough vacuum, at least once a week to remove dust and soil and prevent particles from becoming embedded in the pile of the carpet. If required, you can vacuum more often. This is encouraged especially high traffic areas.

We recommend an upright or canister type vacuum with a rotating beater bar/brush as the best type for cut-pile carpets. For loop-pile carpets use a suction only vacuum to protect the fibers.

Also, to ensure your vacuum does not lose suction you should empty the vacuum cleaner dust bag once it is half full.


You can prevent damage to your carpet by placing air filters in your HVAC system. These should be changed or laundered when they become dirty. By regularly changing the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems you can also vastly reduce the amount of dust that is exposed to your home and your carpet.


Removing spots and spills is essential to looking after your carpet. When faced with these types of incidents, speed is of the essence, and applying the right treatments promptly will help prevent stains and damage. The following tips will help you deal with spills and spots you may encounter:

  • In the case of spilled liquids, the recommended method is to blot the spill with an absorbent, white cloth, or absorb-It.
  • If solids are spilled, they should be scooped or picked up quickly. Any remaining residue should then be treated – as per the cleaning instruction guide (detailed inside).
  • When applying the cleaning agents, never apply them directly to the carpet and use a small quantity at a time.
  • By working your way inwards from the outer edge of a spot, you can prevent the stain from spreading.
  • When cleaning up spills and spots, avoid rubbing as this can cause the spot to spread or distort the pile.
  • Keep the carpet as dry as possible during cleaning. After applying the required treatment, blot the area as dry as possible with a clean cloth and then cover with Absorb-It or paper towels to dry.

Keep the Wool Clean Carpet Spot Removal Kit on hand for quick response to spills and accidents. A Wool Clean Kit can be purchased at The Rug Gallery.

Cleaning agents used on wool require an unbuffered pH of 8.0 or below.

To ensure a cleaning agent is safe for use on your wool carpets and rugs, look for the Wool Safe logo. This logo signifies that the product has been scientifically tested and is approved as being safe and effective for cleaning wool carpets.

Why Deep Cleaning Your Carpet Is Not A Time-Intensive Chore?

There is a common belief that deep cleaning your carpets has to be an all-day, clear your calendar, weekend-stealing process. We want to let you know that it’s totally false. Is simply not true. Deep cleaning your carpet doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. When done the right way, you can deep clean a mini size room within 30 minutes or less. That means it is possible to complete a 3-bedroom home in just two hours! Follow these three steps to quickly deep clean your carpet and achieve the professional-level clean you have come to expect from the rugs house.

1. We cannot stress enough the importance of this simple step. Vacuuming before you start the cleaning evacuates loose soil and large particles from the top of the carpet. This prepares the surface for the deep cleaner and will reduce the number of passes you will have to make.

2. Pre-Treat. Most times this step is ignored in order to save time. However, if you properly pre-treat your heavily soiled areas, you can actually save time when deep cleaning. The Rugs house recommends an effective formula proven to penetrate and lift tough stains and odors from heavily soiled carpets to improve deep cleaning results by 45%.

3. Deep clean. We like to call this the grand finale! Deep cleaning with the Rugs house team is easier than you think. Our cleaning solution was designed with you in mind. It has forward and back pass cleaning and extraction, so you can clean with the natural vacuum-like movements that you are used to cleaning with. It also comes with an indicator light to notify you when the solution tank is empty and needs to be refilled-no more guesswork. We made the dirty water tank easier to remove and replace, so you don’t have to waste time messing with dirty tanks. Lastly, but most importantly, it has 20% more suction power compared to the normal rental machines!

Be sure to make dry pass after every two wet passes to decrease your drying time.

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Which Is the Best Option Hand-Knotted Area Rugs or Machine Made Area Rugs?


The majority of people don’t usually identify the quality of their rug when they select it for their home decor. The truth is that most people can’t tell the difference between rugs. The quality of a rug is dependent on a number of elements including whether it is hand or machine made and the quality and type of material used to produce it. Telling machine-made rugs from hand-knotted ones seems like such a complex and difficult task but it is actually a lot easier than most people believe.

Telling machine-made rugs from hand-knotted oriental rugs

Rugs produced by machines have a more defined and clearly perfected design in their weaving. Hand-knotted oriental rugs on the other hand are bound to have designs that are not properly aligned.

Most machines made rugs are made out of synthetic fiber and are usually tagged with information on the same. Hand-knotted rugs on the other hand are made out of natural fiber and in most cases don’t have a tag.

The foundation of machine-made rugs is more clearly visible as a layer of the white fiber under the rug. The machine usually weaves around this fiber which is why it is more clearly defined and characteristic. Hand-knotted rugs on the other hand are woven into the foundation material. For that reason, it appears as part of the rug and is not distinctly separate from it.

Machine rugs are usually super affordable when compared to hand-knotted rugs. This is usually because they take considerably less time to weave. The material used to make machine-made is also significantly stable in comparison to the natural fiber used in the making of hand-knotted rugs.

Machine rugs are more compact and rigid in comparison to hand-knotted rugs. This is because of their close-knit machine weaving.

Which is the best alternative?

When choosing a rug, a lot of things have to be put into consideration starting from the price down to the purpose of the rug. Hand-knotted rugs are the best alternative for places where they serve a more oriental purpose. This is because as compared to machine-made rugs, they do not have as much resistance to wear and tear. Machine rugs on the other hand can be used in places where heavily used is expected. Hand-knotted Oriental rugs are more expensive in comparison to machine-made rugs. If you do not meet the price requirements for a hand-knotted rug, then the machine-made rug can be a replacement.

What to Do About Rug Shedding?

Sometimes, shedding occurs within a short period with a new rug and will stop within a few months, after light vacuuming and normal wear. If your rug is still shedding, then there are two main contributing elements which are the material and the brand.


Even wool materials are not the same quality. Sheep that are reared high in the mountains have long hair, naturally rich with lanolin wool to keep them warm and comfortable in high altitudes. Wool extracted from these high-altitude sheep is used to weave rugs of a very top durable quality. Wool from the sheep in lower altitudes tends to be coarser than the ones of high altitudes and of lesser quality. If these sheep are sheered too often and the wool is left short, in order to make the yarn usable, adhesives will be added to bring these short wool pieces together. The adhesive breaks down over time, and these little pieces start shedding.


There are numerous methods of ways to produce a rug, and the difference in quality comes down to whether a rug is:

Handmade like hand-knotted and hand-woven

Manufactured with modern techniques, like machine-made and hand-tufted

Hand-made rugs are crafted from methods that provide structural integrity to pieces: hand-knotted rugs are made from hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of threads knotted to the rug’s cotton or wool basement. Hand-woven rugs are produced by repeatedly passing a warp through the carpet’s weft. These methods ensure that every part of the rug is integral to the rug’s structure, and therefore, less likely to spread apart.

Most modern techniques are more about assembling pieces than weaving strong, durable rugs. For instance, in hand-tufting, a tufting gun is used to shoot fabric “tufts” through a plastic grid. These rugs need to be attached with a polymer or glue to position the tufts well. Apart from the lesser quality of the wool, the backing material can degrade and both the backing and pile will begin to shed. Machine-made rugs are made at unbelievable speed on a machine just like a newspaper ream, and usually from polymer-based materials to survive this process. These synthetic materials breakdown as would other petroleum-based materials.

When you combine lower quality wool or synthetic materials with modern rug-making techniques, it’s not uncommon for your rug to shed.


The best decision is to buy a hand-knotted or hand-woven rug made of natural materials.

If that’s not an alternative or it’s too late for that, then you need to play good defense. There’s no perfect method for stopping shedding, but you can reduce it by preventing any further damage to your rug.

1. Lightly vacuum it regularly, going with the grain of the pile and not against it.

2. Make sure not to use a heavy beater bar or have the vacuum on the setting closest to the ground.

3. Use a high-quality rug pad under the rug to absorb shock and reduce further damage to the pile.

4. If possible, move it to a low-traffic area.

Keep in mind that a tufted rug is not built to last more than a few years, so when it’s time to upgrade, remember to buy a hand-knotted rug or a hand-woven one. If you’re looking for a bargain, even consider a hand-loomed rug. Always check out for organic materials.

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The Typical Oriental Rug Cleaning Mistakes

An oriental floor covering is often a room’s statement piece. It can complement the furniture, give the space character, and even be used to shroud flaws in your flooring. It’s often an argument when guests notice and admire the hand-woven work of art. It’s a household item to be treasured and should be treated with care.

Caring for oriental rugs does not present difficulties. However, they’re enormous, awkward, and heavy to clean, and many aren’t aware of the correct cleaning practices. Oriental rug cleaning needs to be done appropriately. If it isn’t, the rug may keep on holding dirt and microbes. Poor cleaning practices can damage your rug and reduce its life expectancy.

To get the most out of your oriental rug, clean smart by learning to avoid these five rug cleaning mistakes.


Water is an important element of the cleaning process. Since oriental rugs have high resistance to stain, they are designed to resist liquids. This means ample water is needed to soak through the fabrics and adequately rinse the fibers.


Just like there are recommended cleaning solutions and detergents for white clothes, dark clothes, wool, silk, and such, there are specific solutions for cleaning oriental rugs as well. Trying to clean these rugs using a solution from a local grocery store can damage the fibers and colors.


Once dirt and bacteria settle into an oriental rug’s fibers, the more difficult it is to evacuate them. Just like with other carpeting and fabrics. Don’t delay cleaning your rug. Oriental rugs left without cleanings long-term are more likely to become damaged and faded.


DIY cleaning jobs can’t be compared with professional rug cleaners. Professionals have the right tools, knowledge, and expertise in cleaning all types of oriental rugs, and they use high-powered equipment designed specifically for the job. In addition, professional rug cleaning services employ a thorough process and inspection to ensure your rug meets their high standards.


Store-bought deodorizing powders do not have anti-bacterial properties, nor do they have the ability to remove stains. Their intent is mainly to remove bad odors. Using these powders to clean your rug is insufficient.

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Tips for the RugSpa Care


Rug care for your Oriental or Persian rug is the most important thing you can do to improve the lifespan of your rug. When spills or stains take place, it is very important to clean them as soon as possible from further damaging your rug. We have compiled a list of common household stains and how to treat them. Please read the following to help minimize or prevent permanent damage.

Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Vomit, Urine, Excrement,

Pet, Kool-Aid, Mold, Dye-Stains, Discoloration

Mix 1 tablespoon mild detergent, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup water.

Remove excess material by absorbing liquids and scraping semi-solids.

Apply solution, blot the carpet, and gently brush pile.

Apply many layers of toweling over the affected area, weight down, leave until dry.

Egg, Milk, Blood, Candy, Ice Cream, Chocolate, Sugar, and Salad Dressing Mix

Mix 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons ammonia, 1 tablespoon mild detergent.

Remove excess material, absorbing liquids, and scraping semi-solids.

Apply solution, blot the carpet, and gently brush pile.

Apply many layers of toweling over the affected area, weight down, and leave until dry.

Apply a non-flammable dry-cleaning solvent, dry the carpet, and brush pile gently.

Oil, Tar, Butter, Grease

Remove excess material.

Apply a non-flammable dry-cleaning solvent.

Blot dry, and brush pile gently.

Chewing Gum

Press ice cubes against the spot.

Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off.

Use a spot remover to get rid of the last traces.

Ballpoint Pen Ink

Saturate the spot with unscented hairspray.

Allow drying.

Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar. Blot dry.


Lipstick – Rouge – Nail Polish – Rust – Dried Mustard – Candle Wax

Regular maintenance and stain prevention are key

If you can, vacuum your wool rugs lightly every day. Once a week, vacuum thoroughly, preferably with a brush-and-beater-bar type of vacuum cleaner. A light cleaning consists of three passes with a vacuum over a given area of your Oriental rug: forward, backward, and forward. Complete cleaning of a wool rug takes up to seven strokes. If you are using a vacuum that provides suction only, make sure you use it patiently for proper maintenance. Move the vacuum cleaner gently across your Oriental rug to allow the suction to remove embedded soil particles. For the best possible wool rug care: Try to vacuum across the rug extra gently — half at a time instead of up and down. You will be less likely to catch your Oriental rug’s fringe in the vacuum head — plus, vacuuming across is much simpler because it floats your vacuum down the rug.

Cleaning Wool Rugs

After five years of usage, all Oriental wool rugs are ready for professional, thorough deep rug washing. For special cleaning of a wool rug, send your rug to us. We will clean its interior and exterior as well as the fringe. We will moisturize, rejuvenate, and restore the wool. We also inspect your rug for needed repairs and let you know if any damage or problems has occurred.

Special Wool Rug Care Recommendations

• Fabric protector is a great stain guard, especially on light-colored rugs, wall-to-wall carpet, and furniture. We highly recommend it!

• Moth-proofing is a must if you want to safeguard against insect damage in your wool rugs while in storage or in use.

• Deodorizing is an extremely effective treatment against recurring animal odor to keep your rug in a safe, clean, hygienic condition.

Rug Padding

Use a high-quality, non-skid, pad if your rug rests on hardwood, tile, terrazzo, or hard-surfaced flooring. This would be used as a shock absorber for your rug. When using rugs over wall-to-wall carpeting, no underlay is needed since the wall-to-wall carpet acts as a cushion. If, however, your Oriental rug starts wrinkling or bunching up, a special rug stabilizer can be placed between your rug and the carpeting. This solves the problem.

Rug Placement Recommendations

Avoid direct exposure to hot sunlight (especially in summer) by closing your curtains or blinds; this will help protect the colors in your rug. If placing near a fireplace, be sure to use a hearth screen to keep sparks from damaging your rug.

Things You Need To Know About Carpets

Our objective is to provide you with quality carpet products that will beautify your home, meet your specific performance and spending needs, be easy to care for and stand the test time. We also strive to be good listeners, dedicated partners in your home improvement project, and strong advocates of great customer service. But more than that, what truly sets us apart can be discussed in just five simple words.

We want you to know.

We want you to know all about the carpet. Whether it’s at our store or here within our website, we want you to comprehend, learn, experience — know — as much about carpet as you need to. We count on our experience to provide you with valuable information, conveyed in a straightforward way, so you make the smartest carpet decisions for you, your family, and home. We believe that the more you know about carpet, the more disposed you’ll be to do business with people in the know. If a carpet is a possibility, you’ve come to the right place and the right people. You’re certainly in good company. Carpet has long been the choice of many homeowners. Truth be told, it remains the most popular floor covering choice.

Carpet is an ancient but beautiful idea.

The present-day carpet traces its roots to ancient times when cultures passed hand-tying and knotting skills from generation to generation. The Sixteenth Century brought merchant adventurers and explorers home to Europe, bringing with them the awareness and desire for rich textiles and rugs from the East. It wasn’t long before the appreciation of textile floor coverings took off, came to America, and became one of the most fundamental and beautiful parts of our modern home interior.

Carpet continues to be popular for many reasons.

The rug is as yet the essential ground surface decision for some. All things considered, it’s moderately cheap, agreeable, by and large, simpler to introduce and supplant than other floor covers, and it offers more style alternatives in hues and surfaces than some other floor covering choice available. The rug offers you more warmth, delicate quality and it is a lot calmer than some other floor covering. The present rug styles, hues, and surfaces likewise mix well with any home stylistic layout and with an assortment of other ground surface items. From customary to nation, from easygoing to formal, you can generally discover a floor covering that will commend any inside setting and give you long stretches of magnificence and execution.

For those who want to know, here’s a list of carpet advantages.

Check it out, maybe print it out, and then come explore the other sections on beautifying your home with carpet:

  • Carpet adds warmth and is soft under feet and easier on children’s knees.
  • Carpet is much quieter than hard surfaces floors.
  • Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors, tones, and hues.
  • Carpet is easy to decorate with and offers many styles and colors, thus allowing it to be the focus of the room or the perfect foundation for your furniture and accessories.
  • Carpet can hide many sub-floor irregularities that would not be possible with hard surfaces floors.
  • Carpet can go over a variety of substrates and on all grade levels, even concrete slabs in basements.
  • Carpet is economical and the installation costs are generally less than some of the hard surface products.

Things to Keep In Your Mind to Keep Your Rug Clean In Winter Months

Fine, hand-woven, treasure, and oriental rugs provide components of stylistic layout and serve as an aesthetic focal point for any room. They often carry family or cultural significance and add a sense of solace to the home.

These rugs can be quite difficult to maintain, nonetheless, particularly during winter months. The cleanliness and crispness are frequently undermined by regular trails and children and pets running around in and out of the house. The rugs are the ideal places for dirt, snow, and mud to land and accumulate.

Follow these simple preparations before winter arrives and all through the season to ensure your rugs remain in great condition.


This is an extremely straightforward, modest, and moment approach to reduce the dirt that enters your home. Quality mats are not simply for the design. They are the principal guard for keeping up your rugs, hardwood floors, and mats from followed in messes. A wide range of particles, including coal tar, pesticides, deicers, insects, dust, microorganisms, and snowmelt can find their way into your home on the bottoms of shoes, but a quality mat absorbs the greater part of the moisture and soil even before somebody ventures through the entryway.


A better way to keep your rugs clean is to take off shoes upon entering the house. In many places around the world, this is standard practice. Providing a boot tray outside or just inside the entryway encourages your visitors to remove their shoes and reminds forgetful family members. The tray keeps footwear in a designated space, as opposed to spreading all through the lobby and captures any dirt and snow melt in one easy-to-clean area. As for your flooring and rugs, they are kept unscathed from the winter components.


The previously mentioned tips are incredible approaches to forestall a large portion of the dampness and dirt from accumulating on your floors and oriental rugs. However, it is practically difficult to dispose of all particles from entering the home—especially for those with regular guests, children, and pets. To prevent fiber damages and maintain cleanliness, vacuum rugs routinely. It isn’t just a smart thought for cleanliness and beauty, but also for your family’s well-being.

Before facilitating an occasion get-together and after the winter season is through are perfect seasons to consider having your carpet expertly cleaned. The Rugs House will restore your rug to pristine condition, ready for more entertaining and family living.

The Pros and Cons of Jute Rugs

Jute rugs provide unique natural beauty to any space in which they’re used since they’re produced from plant fibers, often left in their original tan shade. Jute’s durability — like hemp or flax — lends it a life of usefulness in woven form, as with an area rug. While jute comes with zero maintenance, it does have a few care considerations that make it ideal for some locations and not others.

Jute – Reasonable Indoor Rug Choice

A jute rug’s fibers are natural, soft, and durable. Pets love these rugs and are easy to clean requiring a little vacuum cleaning in most cases. As an area rug, it fits perfectly with many types of decor with its natural tan color, adding a natural element to the room. Jute rugs are a bit thicker compared to other natural-fiber rugs, such as sisal or seagrass – it is sometimes blended with chenille to create a rug soft enough for a child’s playtime on the floor.

Disadvantages of Jute Rugs

While jute is strong, it’s not always the best solution for every type of rug you may need in the home. Since it’s a natural fiber, it is quite absorbent. This means using it in a humid or damp environment like a bathroom mat or outdoor welcome mat is not advisable, as it can become moldy, mildewed, or tear apart. While dust does not appear on the top of a jute rug, the rug does leave behind fibers underneath as evidenced when you move the rug for cleaning.

Care and Maintenance – the Advantages

A simple vacuuming with the aid of a brush eliminates dust that may build up in the woven texture of the rug; vacuum from several directions to remove the most debris and prolong the rug’s usefulness and aesthetics. If the rug comes with binding, do not vacuum the stitched area in order to prolong its life.

Care and Maintenance – Disadvantages.

A jute rug, unlike some other rug types, cannot be steam cleaned, as the moisture may damage it or lead to mildew and mold. Rug cleaners and spot cleaners are also a no-no for jute, as these may stain or discolor the rug’s natural tones. Continual exposure to sunlight may also fade the rug; rotate it if kept in a sunny location so the light affects it evenly over time.

How to Estimate the Cost, Values, and Price of the Rug?

There is, obviously a great deal that goes into determining the rug prices and the estimation of an antique rug. It goes without saying that the same is true of any work of art. On the most basic level, the expense or estimation of an antique rug is determined by what someone is willing to offer for it.

Rug prices will depend on how much carpet dealers are willing to pay to procure it. The price that the dealers set when they want to sell the rug will depend on the size, rarity, wool quality, weave, color, condition, age, design, and especially how all these attributes combined together in the piece.

Generally speaking, age does play a significant factor when it comes to evaluating the worth of a rug. While it’s necessarily the actual age or year that impacts the value of oriental rugs, older the rugs, especially those from the late 19th century and those from the 15th-17th centuries tend to be the most desirable. These older rugs focused on quality and not affordability. This is why many of the older rugs were woven using better base materials and far more attention was paid when each carpet was produced. Older antique rugs, especially those that are in good condition, are also more valued because they are rarer and have a look and feel like nothing that could be produced today.

While not always the case, especially when dealing with the uncommon and collectible piece, larger rugs will usually be expensive compared to the small ones. To a certain extent, values are based on intrinsic factors that do not reflect changes in taste. That said, trends will affect the rug prices or value as demand certain looks grow and supply of these one-of-a-kind items will, over time, diminish.

At any given time certain types of rugs will be more popular than others. Naturally, this sort of demand will create a higher value and price point (at least for a certain period of time). But trends change and fads fade. Therefore the value of “trendy” items has a greater risk of diminishing once the trends change.

Collectible rugs, rare carpets, and the “best” examples do tend to retain their value over time. These “cream of the crop” pieces have also been the safest investments and they have a strong track record of escalating in value over time.

Continuing the Discussion on What Rugs Should Cost

Authentic Persian and Persian-style modern rugs continue to be a staple of interior design, as they have been for hundreds of years. Many selections are available and at a range of prices too. Thus far, the most expensive rug in the world is an early vase carpet from the Clark collection which sold at Sotheby’s auction house in NYC for $34,000,000.

What Makes A Museum Quality Valuable Rug?

Some of the most beautiful antique rugs in the world are located in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and the Tokapi Museum. Of course, the older the rug, the rarer it is and the more valuable. Caring properly for a rug can help it last a long time, but it is still made from plant and animal materials that will still degrade over time.

Rugs that are representative of a certain time period or artistic movement are also important pieces and more valuable. If the rug is of large size, completely intact, and in good condition, the prices can be astronomical. These are for the serious collector who is committed to preserving a world treasure.

At The Rugs House, our collection specializes in rugs that are distinct and of top quality and value. We often get in one of those rare museum-quality rugs. We love to provide highly collectible antiques to customers with satisfaction as our top priority.