Cleaning Rugs

How do I clean my rug?

The beauty and life of your fine handcrafted rug depends largely on cleanliness and care. Handmade rugs should be washed regularly every three to five years depending on the use and the amount of traffic they bear. The best method is to get them cleaned when they look dirty and soiled. WARNING - Under no circumstances should you dry clean or steam clean handmade rugs. These cleaning methods remove the natural oils and cause the material to become brittle and wear more rapidly. Do not machine wash or squeeze a handmade rug. The best way to clean the whole rug is for it to be washed using cold water and a mild detergent, this should be done by a competent cleaning expert. We offer expert cleaning and repair service at Alyshaan Fine Rugs.



How do I clean spots or spills?

The following method for removing stains is of a general nature and may not apply to all rugs because of the different materials and dyes used. SPILLS - Take care of any kind of spill immediately. First lightly blot as much of the spill as possible using a cloth or paper towel. Then dilute the spill with water and blot the wet area until all of the moisture is removed. Repeat this process if any of the spill remains. Once you get the spill out, dry the wet area either with air, letting air under the rug also in the wet area by draping the rug over something. Even a hair dryer on cold will help in drying the rug. While drying, comb the nap in the same direction as the rest of the nap of the rug so that it dries in the proper direction.

Should I vacuum a rug?

Keeping your rugs clean and vacuuming them when necessary is fine, and if done right will not cause harm. Never vacuum any of the fringes on your rug. The continued catching of the fringe in the suction of a vacuum cleaner causes the fringes to break and tear. Always vacuum your rug without the beating brush, you can either turn the brush off, or just use the attachments.

 

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