Care Instructions for Handmade Rugs

A) Purchasing a high quality pad to put underneath your rug will extend the life of your rug as it absorbs wear and tear from the friction between floor and rug. It also prevents rugs from sliding around, which can cause premature wear, and will help retain its original appearance longer.  

B) Rotate your rug periodically. Over the years, set traffic or sunlight patterns can cause fading or uneven wear on a rug that isn’t occasionally rotated. Precaution must be taken against prolonged daily exposure to strong, direct sunlight.  Draperies, window film or solar shades are great solutions to be considered.

C) Regular vacuuming is the best way to remove every-day dirt and dust. (Special care should be taken in the fringe area as vacuuming can catch and pull the fringe, causing separation and damage)

E) Depending on the amount of foot traffic, it is recommended that you send your rug to a reputable professional cleaning service every 1 to 3 years.  Make sure that they specialize in handmade rugs and are accustomed to cleaning rugs of that quality.

D) For spills and other accidents we suggest taking immediate action to lessen stains.  Natural wool fiber sheds liquid spills, so quick action offers the chance of preventing a stain.  The following action will help you prevent most stains from setting in. 

  1. Scoop up solids with a spoon or knife. Blot up liquid spills with a white cloth. Dilute spot with plenty of water and subsequently blot up as much of the spill or stain as possible, always using a white cloth or paper towel. Do not rub spill or stain into the rug.

  2. Apply soapy water (water mixed with 2 to 3 drops of light detergent, mild soap or hair shampoo) onto the stain, working your way from the edge of the stain to the center. Rinse and then reapply on tougher stain/spills. For red stains or red wine stains add 1-2 teaspoons of plain white vinegar into the soapy water.

  3. Blot dry (do not rub) spot to remove excess water and soap. Make sure both the front and the back of the rug is feeling only slightly damp. Then elevate the damp area on a short stool or box for quick air-drying. Avoid allowing your carpet to sit damp for an extended period of time, as this could possibly rot the foundation.

  4. Gently brush rug using a cloth brush to restore fibers back to their normal shape.

  5. If stain persists call professional cleaning service for further cleaning.