- Use a rug pad
- Vacuum at least 1 time every week
- Address stains and spills immediately
- For heavy traffic areas, vacuum the BACK of the rug at least once per year
- Rotate your rug 180 degrees every 1–2 years
- Have your rug professionally cleaned OUTSIDE of the home periodically
Proper padding will protect the rug by providing a cushion that absorbs heavy weight and impact, prolonging the life of your rug. This is especially true for hand-knotted rugs where the underside of the rug has no backing. The yarn can rub on the floor and possibly create wear on the knots themselves.
Non-skid padding prevents your rug from bunching-up or moving which helps prevent tripping. The pad also helps keep the rug at an even height for vacuuming.
Padding protects the floor, dampens sound, and can provide insulation from the cold.
Vacuuming, rotation, and periodic cleaning
Removing excess dirt slows down the aging process of the rug. Loose dirt, embedded in the rug pile, grinds the fibers which can create unnecessary premature wear. As a note, most carpet and rug producers recommend avoiding vacuums with hard beater bars. This includes the Dyson. If possible, disable the beater bar and use only suction when vacuuming.
Feel free to vacuum a high quality rug as often as you like. It is beneficial to vacuum the back of your rug as this removes the dirt embedded deeply in the pile, prolonging the life of the rug.
Most rooms have a specific use and traffic pattern that tends to wear certain areas of the rug more than others. By rotating the rug 180° every few years, you ensure a more even wear. Some dyes fade more quickly than others so rotation can keep the rug colors looking more balanced and even.
Stains and Spills
- Scoop up any solid matter first, making sure to remove the material without rubbing it into the fibers
- Blot up as much liquid as possible using a clean white absorbent towel starting from the outside of the stain and working inwards
- Rinse carefully with cold water, or some prefer club soda, using a clean cloth
- Blot dry with an absorbent towel, or use a cold air fan to complete drying…Patience is your friend!
- !Important! The rug must be thoroughly dry before being put back on the floor!
woolclean® Kit from the Wools of New Zealand©
Created for the foremost wool research group in the world, woolclean© is good for all types of spots and spills. It is easy to use and safe on all carpet fibers.
The kit contains detailled instructions for you to handle all types of stains.
Included are three different components for different situations.
- The Spot Remover® for water based spills and spots
- The Spot Dry Remover® for grease and oil based stains and spots
- Absorb-it® which can be used initially to help dry up spills or as the final step to help the drying process
Contact us and order your kit…before you really need it!
Clean your rug Professionally
Have your rug removed and professionally cleaned periodically. Every 1–4 years is typical, depending on traffic and usage.
Never allow your wall-to-wall carpet company or other in-home cleaning service to provide more than spot cleaning to your rugs. These types of cleaning services cannot reach dirt embedded in the foundation. Professional cleaning should only be done ‘off-site’.
Sisal and Seagrass Care
Sisal, seagrass, hemp, and paper have become frequently used floor coverings. These fibers are hydroscopic, absorbing and releasing moisture depending on the relative humidity in their immediate environment. Although humidity is good for natural fiber carpets, saturation of the fibers with liquids can cause undesirable dimensional change. Therefore, steam-cleaning, wet shampooing, or any other method that involves water saturation of the mattings is NOT recommended! For overall cleaning, spray-extraction method is recommended, using only the minimum moisture setting on the machine. The cleaning liquid should be applied by pressure and removed by vacuuming in the same working cycle. Application should be continuous, keeping the applicator moving to prevent excess moisture in any spot. Note that complete moisture extraction is not possible. The moisture penetrates the fibers and its coarse structure causes the absorption of air. No water marks are visible with this method due to the even application of moisture. If the carpet has been glued down, it should be determined whether the adhesive is or is not water soluble before applying moisture.
As with all carpets, vacuum regularly (suction only is best), clean soil and spills immediately, and do not oversaturate with liquids. For water and water-based spills, blot with a clean, dry cloth and then cover with a thick layer of potato flour or Absorb-it® overnight. Vacuum the next day.
Contact us with any questions or recommendations.