Your Maintenance Guide for Your Rugs

GENERAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Vacuuming:

The vast majority of the present vacuums are intended for the powerful pull on hardwood deck and one end to the other floor covering. Along these lines, they are frequently excessively grating for use with zone floor coverings in a typical setting. Upstanding or canister vacuums that do exclude a mixer bar are the most ideal decision.

  • If you don’t have a canister vacuum, use either your vacuum’s handheld attachment, or choose the lowest setting available to you.
  • If you are not using a handheld attachment, and your vacuum has a beater bar, remove or raise it as high as possible. Vacuum carefully. This is extremely important as the brush can pull out fibers from the rug’s backing and/or cause fuzzing on the surface.
  • 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.
  • Avoid vacuuming fringes/tassels or serged edges on rugs. This will help prevent fraying or other destruction to these edges.
  • 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.

Spot cleaning:

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.

Always test for compatibility with and the colorfastness of, the surface to be cleaned by applying a small quantity of the product to an inconspicuous area.

It may be necessary for stubborn stains to repeat the cleaning process and/or softly brush the area during application.

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.

Cleaning by rug type

Tufted/Hooked

After removing loose or dry soil and blotting up wet stains with a clean cloth or sponge, apply a good carpet Rug Cleaner to the soiled area.

Allow the good carpet Rug Cleaner to remain on the area for 1 to 5 minutes to penetrate into the fibers and loosen the soil.

Blot excess product from the surface using a clean cloth or sponge.

Allow the area to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

It may be necessary for stubborn stains to repeat the cleaning process and/or softly brush the area during application.

Indoor/outdoor

Synthetic rugs designed for outdoor use may either be cleaned indoors using the general methods listed above, or they may be taken outdoors.

Make sure to read the label on the back of your rug to ensure it is suitable for outdoor use! Not all synthetics are made for this purpose. Our website also features a category exclusive to outdoor rugs.

Instructions for indoor/outdoor rugs: mix a small amount of clear, mild detergent with water. Use this to clean the entire rug surface and rinse with a garden hose.

Allow both sides of the rug time to fully dry outdoors, in direct sunlight.

Natural Fibers

It is common for loose fibers to break down and pool underneath the rug surface. In addition to regular surface vacuuming, clean the floor under the rug.

Sprouting is also common. “Sprouting” refers to loose rug fibers that poke up out of the rug surface. Do not pull these; snip down to the surface of the rug.

Starting from the outer edge of a spill, blot gently toward the center using a clean white cloth.

After removing loose or dry soil and blotting up wet stains with a clean cloth or sponge, apply a good Carpet Rug Cleaner to the soiled area.

Allow the good Carpet Rug Cleaner to remain on the area for 1 to 5 minutes to penetrate into the fibers and loosen the soil.

Blot excess product from the surface using a clean cloth or sponge.

Allow the area to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to repeat the cleaning process and/or softly brush the area during application.

Seek the assistance of a professional rug cleaner for any difficult to remove stains.

Shag rugs

When first removed from its packaging, shag rugs may have a flattened or matted appearance. Simply fluff the surface by hand in order to remedy this.

Due to the higher pile in comparison to other rug types, a high amount of shedding is normal and expected. This is especially true for Wool Shag items.

Prior to vacuuming, turn the rug face down and gently shake it out to dislodge any dirt that may have gotten trapped deep within the fibers.

Using a suction only attachment, vacuum in between individual rows on your rug.

Leather/Cowhide

The best and easiest method to clean leather or cowhide rugs is to shake it out. You may also use an electric carpet sweeper.

Avoid using any chemical solvents on leather or cowhide. This will cause the material to break down and stain further.

Lightly blot any spills using a clean white cloth.

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