Rug Care and Maintenance
Vacuuming is the basic and primary step
for caring for your rug. Rugs are exposed to endless mistreatment, such
as treading feet, dirt, dust, oil and spills of all sorts. By frequently
vacuuming, you can prevent soils from building up. Vacuums with good
suction are recommended to lift surface dirt.
Frequently rotate your rugs to equalize the damaging effects of the sun.
Because continual direct exposure to sunlight will damage a rug over time, use
window shades, shutters, or heavy curtains to safeguard your investment.
Also protect your rugs from fumes and dampness. Fumes from furnaces,
stoves, chimneys and auto exhaust can mix with humidity in the atmosphere to
form an acid that fades and deteriorates the appearance of wool. Over time,
dampness will rot the threads and destroy the fibers of a rug. Keep them in a
No one likes it when there is a spill on the floor, but it can be cleaned
before becoming a permanent part of the area rug. The information listed below
will prepare you to properly deal with spills and keep your area rug clean for
years to come.
Act Quickly! Most carpet available today has been treated with a
stain-resist treatment, so many spills can be removed if immediate action is
taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a
permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no
carpet is completely stain proof.
- Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no printing)
paper towels. Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion in
the affected area.
- Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely
- For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon. Solids should be
broken up and vacuumed until completely removed. If the spot can be
identified, locate the substance in the spot removal computer and follow the
- Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to make certain
the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several
drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds.
Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to
the carpet. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.
Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth, allow
to sit for about 10 minutes and work in gently. Work from the edges of the
spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot,
absorbing as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.
- Continue using the first cleaning solution as long as there is a transfer
of the spill to the cloth. It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning
solutions if the first solution removes the spill.
- Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same
step several times.
- After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area
thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the
solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if
the solution is not completely removed.
- Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area,
and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as
needed. A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to
accelerate drying time.
Like everything else today, rugs need special care to ensure long
life. Regular cleaning using adequate treatments will help extend the
life of your rug. For spot removal it is highly recommended that all
spills be cleaned immediately. Research shows that up to 90% of spots
and stains from spills can be prevented if cleaned right away. If your
carpet is already stained, here are some useful steps for spot removal.
• Sweeping your rug with a broom at least once a week removes loose soil
and brings out it's natural sheen.
• Beating is one of the best methods for cleaning a rug. It should be
beaten several times on each side, always in dry weather.
• Rugs should be washed every three to five years, depending on their use
and the amount of traffic they endure.