vacuuming will help prevent destructive grit
action caused by the build up of dirt and
dust. Occasionally, you should also vacuum the
back of the rug to draw out the very short,
light absorbing bits of yarn that can
otherwise dull the luster of the carpet.
This should be followed by a quick vacuuming
of the face of the rug.
Every few years
( 3-8 years depending on use) the rug should
be professionally hand washed. Do not
trust your rug to those fellows who go house
to house cleaning wall to wall carpet.
Wall to wall carpet is surface cleaned without
a thorough rinse. Rugs can be physically
removed from the home, and rinsed
properly. The rinse is the secret.
Just like hand washing a sweater, a fine rug
will benefit from the extra effort of hand
washing and hand rinsing. Be sure to
have a rug specialist clean your fine rugs
Spots and Stains
If attended to
immediately, most spots and stains can be
1. Animal Stains - Blot out
as much of the urine in the area as possible. Place paper towels
under the rug and pour club soda directly on the area. Confine club soda
to stained area. Blot the club soda and repeat the "applying and
blotting method" until the paper toweling shows no sign of yellow residue.
Scrub-brush the top in the natural direction of the pile. Finally,
elevate the rug and allow the wet area to dry.
- Use the
club soda method for such stains as red wine, coffee, and sodas.
3. Food and Grease Stains
- Use a mild soap and water
solution (one part liquid soap to four parts
water). Scrub the area in a circular
motion with a soft brush. Blot with paper
toweling. Scrub- brush the top in the natural
direction of the pile. Finally, elevate
the rug and allow the wet area to dry.
Rug padding is an essential part of rug
maintenance. A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt,
wear and slippage. On a hard surface such as hardwood or tile, the
bottom of the pad should be pure rubber. This will assure that your rug
will stay in place and that there will be no adverse reaction between the pad
and your floor. Rug padding can be found at your local Wal-Mart/K-Mart