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Rug Care and Maintenance
Contributed by www.rugstorene.co.uk
All rugs and carpets require specific care in order to keep their appearance and lengthen their lifespan. There is minor but important differences in caring for machine made and handmade rugs, if done properly you can add considerable life to your rug.
General Rug Maintenance
Prevention is better than a cure as the saying goes, so we have compiled a list of ways in which you can prevent your rugs ever getting damaged:
Vacuuming and Brushing Your Rugs
Regularly vacuuming your rug is fundamental in prolonging the life and preventing premature wear.
Hand Tufted and Hand Knotted Rugs
Machine Made Rugs
Natural Fibre, Sisal and Loop Pile Rugs
For these rugs a 'suction only' type of vacuum should be used. It is important to never use a beater bar on the surface of these types of rugs.
Fringes can be straightened out by hand with a comb or soft brush or with the use of the vacuum tools using a single motion away from the rug.
Spills and Cleaning Tips
Firstly, you should never rub the surface pile of a rug. The correct way to approach a spillage or mark is to blot the area with a clean, absorbent cloth or white paper towel. Try not to make the spillage area larger.
Secondly, you should scrape up any excess spillage with a blunt knife or spatula.
Before using any cleaning products on your rug, you should always 'spot test' the rug to ensure the solution you are using will not damage or bleach the fibres of the rug. Washing up liquid, abrasive cleaners or caustic solutions (including some carpet cleaning products) contain bleaching agents and these can damage the pile of your rug, so it's important to find the correct cleaning solution.
We have used Woolclean products and various solutions used for washing woollen clothes such as Stergene and pre wash sprays successfully and find they give good results and do not harm the fibres.
Always brush the pile so the affected area is the same direction as the rest of the rug ( A normal comb is very good for this as it separates the tufts and helps prevent a matted appearance ).
If you are not confident in tackling a spill seek professional advice.
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