- Hand Knotted
- Hand Loom
- Hand Tufted
- Dhurries & Kilims
- Machine Made
- Knots per Inch
- Silk Rugs
- Wool Rugs
- Bamboo Silk/Tencel/Viscose
- Cotton Rugs
- Jute/Sisal/Coir/Hemp/Grass Rugs
- Leather Rugs
- Rubber Floor Coverings
Since wool is naturally thick, it tends to gather dirt and grime faster and needs regular maintenance.
Take the wool rug outside and shake off any loose dirt or dust or you can hang it on a clothesline and beat it with a broom.
Vacuum the rug from a high height in a “V” - action twice a month. The underside should be vacuumed every two months.
Once all the dirt has been removed, sponge the rug with cool water and mild liquid soap or rug shampoo. Rinse off the soapy solution thoroughly with water.
Dry both sides of the rug by hanging it out in the sun. Dryers are not recommended.
Vacuum the rug one more time to bring back its softness.
Long term staining can be prevented by removing the stain immediately by blotting the rug to remove as much moisture from the stain as possible. Do not scrub as that will only deepen the stain.
Sprinkle the stained part with a liberal amount of baking soda and let the baking soda stay on the spot for at least half an hour and then vacuum clean the area.
Spots can also be cleaned with vinegar mixture that has been diluted. Mix together 1⁄2 tsp (2.5 ml) of dishwashing liquid, 2 c (470 ml), and 1⁄2 c (120 ml) of white vinegar together scrub the mixture onto the area with a clean sponge or towel. You can also mix 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of ammonia per 1 cup (240 ml) of water, which will work fine on pet stains.
Press the area with cold water and a clean towel to absorb as much moisture as you can. Keep repeating the process until the spot is almost dry.
Prop the moist part of the rug against furniture for air to pass under to access any other wet spots that might have appeared from seepage.
Turn on the fan or heater to help the rug dry faster.
- Wool rugs with pile on them need to be scrubbed gently to preserve their polished look.
- A small area of the wool rug can be spot cleaned first to check for adverse reactions to the cleaning agent.
- Dry powder cleaners, alkaline cleaners that contain soda ash, Oxy cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, and bleach are best avoided.
- Wash and clean when required. Lift up a corner and kick it on the underside. If dirt comes out it is in need of a cleaning, otherwise not.
- Vacuum your rug regularly using suction-only options.
- Rotate your rugs every six months at 180 degree angles to limit foot traffic patterns on the rug.
- Limit your rug’s exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible to prevent it from fading.
- Professional cleaning is recommended but not mandatory.