To keep your rug as good as new for a long time does not need much time, but just systematic care. And you can always have a fresh look rug shining in your space. The rug care is determined by the rug construction and the material used in it. If it is hand knotted rug or kilim, made from wool, silk or viscose, you have to understand that in steading of washing the carpet several times, it is better to protect from stains in best possible ways. Because these are natural fiber, and for cleaning, washing them chemically several times is not good. Ideally it should be washed once in 2 to 3 years.
If it is Hand tufted rug with cotton back, it is not washable because cotton cloth has been put on the back of the rug and if it is washed, it may peel off from the carpet. For such carpets, it should be cleaned by professions who usually clean the sofa set. If the rug is made with polyester yarn, it does not matter how many times you wash it. If the rug is small, you can even wash in the washing machine with normal detergent power.
You should never use heavy industrial vacuumed cleaner. Just use normal vacuumed cleaner that we use in our house. The reason is that the rugs are made from the fiber and if the vacuumed cleaner is too powerful, it may gradually such every time a little of yarn from the carpet and over a long period, the carpet may lose its density and look will not remain as rich as when you purchased it.
Always try to keep carpets away from direct sun exposure. If the carpet is kept in direct sun exposure, it is pruned to fade the colors over a long period. Similarly it should be always protected from water or any liquid or semi liquid that may leave stains on the carpet. In case of some stains, the best practice is to clear the stains as soon as possible. It will have least effect of the stains if cleared soonest possible. The cleaning method is subject to the cause of stain, which we have explained in our “carpet cleaning” link.
Basic Care Tips
Tip #1: Dry Cleaning Before any type of washing, please check the care labels. If dry cleaned is suggested on wash care label, plus go for small rugs dry cleaning, as large rugs are not possible to dry clean normally.
Tip #2: Washing when you find from wash care that the rug is washable make sure to machine wash on delicate. To avoid the problem of long rug fringe getting tangled and knotted in the washer, divide the fringe into several hanks, wrapping each hank with white string. Place the rug in a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase and wash in cold water.
Tip #3: Drying Wet Rugs to dry the wet rugs hang them over a clothes-drying rack, or several bricks stacked on a porch, patio, or breezeway. Hanging a wet rug over a single clothesline will distort the shape of the rug as it dries. Small rugs that are made from wool or synthetic fibers similar to carpeting can be put to dry on a small platform that is protected by a drop cloth, old sheets, or towels.
Tip #4: Care Tags When you purchase a new rug, keep the care tag intact, or file it with your household maintenance and furnishings file for later reference.
Tip #5: Pet Concerns When pet hair gathers in a rug over a period, brush the rug with a stiff clothes brush. Brush with the nap until dirt and hair cease to come out. Remove pet stains with a commercial enzymatic cleaner to help break down stain and odor.
Tip #6: Storing When storing a rug (especially a heavy winter one), have it professionally cleaned and wrapped before storing in a climate-controlled area to avoid damage.
Many different yarn and methods are used to make then rugs. When you purchase a rug, find out all you can about the material composition and recommended care.
Take care of following instructions below to care for some of the favorite rugs used in decorating.
You should vacuum new handmade, hand-knotted, hand-tufted rugs. Use special care with delicate classic or antique rugs by taking following care:
Special Vacuuming Tip: You should lay a piece of nylon screen over the rug and hold it around the edges with any heavy article or bricks. Vacuum over the screen. The dirt will be removed while the screen will protect the rug from the vacuum. Or, you can tie nylon mesh over the vacuum attachment and change the mesh several times as dirt accumulates.
Stains: You should immediately treat wine and other beverage spills with club soda; or use baking soda to soak up gravy, sauces, and any liquid foods. You can also consult an Oriental rug expert for more details for food stain removal. If the rug has heavy traffic, get it professionally cleaned periodically ideally every year; rugs in lesser traffic locations can be cleaned every few years.