We hear you. You’re loving your new rug, and you want it to look like this for as long as possible.
Just as you take care of your clothes and handbags, proper maintenance will keep your rug stay like new for years to come.
Here are ways to care for your rug. Some materials have specific instructions. For best results, always refer to the care information that comes with your rug.
Once you unpack your rug, it needs to “air out.” It may have wrinkles or bulges from being wrapped tightly. Simply lay the rug flat and the wrinkles will disappear in a few days.
Vacuum clean every week for best results. A suction-type vacuum is best. Make sure that if you are using an upright vacuum that the beater bar setting is turned off.
Some rugs like handtufted wool rugs shed more than others. Frequent vacuuming is a must.
Clean spills immediately.
Blot, don't rub. This is the mantra when dealing with any textile material. If you spill something on your rug, blot up the excess moisture with a clean white towel or a white paper towel. Once you blot up the excess moisture, blot some more, this time using a very slightly moist white towel or white paper towel. This will help dilute the spot. Then go back and use a dry towel to blot up the excess moisture once again. Repeat this entire process as many times as needed until the stain is removed. Keep blotting!
Consider professional cleaning once every two years.
Keep your rug out of direct sunlight to prevent colors from fading. If your rug is getting too much exposure, consider adding window treatments to shade the sun and keep colors bright.
Snip off any loose threads. Do not pull them, otherwise more threads will unravel.
To prevent your rug from showing wear, rotate it once a year. In higher-traffic areas, rotate your rug more often so it wears evenly. If your rug has constant exposure to the sun it will fade. Occasional rotation will equalize the effects.
When storing for a long time, rugs must be rolled with the surface in. Wrap in cloth or plastic wrapping with holes. Do not keep in an airtight bag. Rugs love air.
Shake to remove dirt, then wipe with a wet cloth. Let it air-dry naturally.