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The Complete DIY Rug Cleaning Guide



ROTATING: To even out soiling and wear, rotate rugs every 6 months to a year when possible

PADDING: Appropriate padding extends the life of a rug and prevents a rug from slipping or buckling.

RESTORATION: Prompt attention to frayed and damaged areas can protect the value and beauty of your rug for generations.

WASHING: Professional hand washing every 2-4 years is recommended. A desirable attribute of densely patterned rugs is their ability to hide soiling and often look cleaner than they really are.

STORAGE: Area rugs should never be stored dirty. Soils can oxidize making them difficult or impossible to remove. All rugs should be stored in paper or other breathable material, never plastic.

General Care Tips


Vacuuming:

We recommend vacuuming your rug 4-5 times within the first two weeks of having the rug and at least once a month after that. Note: Wool rugs will shed, don't worry this is completely natural. When vacuuming, make sure your vacuums height lever is on high or avoid using the brushes (beater or roller) entirely as it can damage the pile of the rug. Also, avoid vacuuming the fringe of the rug, which can lead to pulling and damaging of the fringe.

TIPS FOR SPOT CLEANING:

Test all spotting products in an inconspicuous area before use. Look for fading, staining, bleeding or other changes to textiles. If changes happen or you are unsure how to proceed, consult a professional.
Always remove as much of a spill as possible before adding spotting products. For liquids blot with a towel for solids use dull knife to scrape from surface.


BLOT, NEVER SCRUB A SPOT:

Work from the outer edges of a spot to the center. Spot with small amounts of cleaning products.

To treat and repair crushed carpet fibers & furniture dents in your area rugs all you need are a few ice cubes. The size of the dent will determine how many cubes you need. Place cubes right on top of the divot about 2 inches apart. Let the carpet soak up the melted water. Once the carpet completely dries you can vacuum the area and the dents will have disappeared. If there are still pieces of carpet that have not popped back up you can use your fingers or a table fork to gently fluff those pieces. It works every time!


Match the Solutions to the Spill


ADHESIVES -------------- D, A,E

BEER -------------- A, B, E

BERRIES -------------- C, E

BLOOD -------------- C, E

BUTTER -------------- D, A, E

CANDLE WAX (Scrape off excess, cover area with paper & iron on lowest setting)

CATSUP -------------- A, C, E

CHOCOLATE -------------- D, A, E

COFFEE -------------- A, E

CRAYON -------------- D, A, E

EGG -------------- A, E

EXCREMENT -------------- A, E, B

NAIL POLISH -------------- D

FRUIT, JAM -------------- A, E

GREASE -------------- D, A, E

GUM (Scrape off excess) -------- D, A, E

ICE CREAM -------------- A,E,D

INK -------------- D, A, E

MILK -------------- A, B, E

MUD -------------- A

PAINT -------------- D, A, E

SOFT DRINKS -------------- A, E

SOOT -------------- A, E, D

TEA -------------- A, E

URINE -------------- A, B, E

VOMIT -------------- A, B, E

WHITE WINE -------------- A, E

RED WINE -------------- E, A, E


CLEANING SOLUTIONS


A: MILD DETERGENT SOLUTION:

2-4 drops to a cup of cold water. We recommended: Soil Away, Bioclean all purpose cleaner, Planet detergent, or Folex.

B: VINEGAR SOLUTION:

1-2 tablespoons to a cup of cold water.

C: AMMONIA SOLUTION::

1 teaspoon to a cup of cold water

D: DRY CLEANING SOLVENT:

Energene or rubbing alcohol available at most grocery stores. Use straight out of the bottle, apply to towel and blot spots.

E: RINSE WITH WATER, BLOT DRY:

Some spots are best handled by professionals, such as pet urine stains, ink or dry wine.



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If you find you need professional cleaning, consider contacting any of our NW Rugs Showrooms