Care for your rug
How long your rug will last depends very much on how you care for it. A rug that is properly looked after will give many years of pleasure.
Rotate your rug occasionally, so that it will wear evenly over the whole surface. A woven rug can be turned over as well as rotated, and can therefore be used in four different ways. A pile rug can be rotated and used in two different ways. Use underlay to reduce wear and tear and to improve comfort (read more at Antislip). Underlay also has excellent non-slip properties for all types of rugs. Do not worry if your rug sheds its pile in the beginning. This is very common during the first period of use. Frequently vacuuming will shorten this period of shedding. A wool rug needs very little attention. All that has to be done for it to retain its appearance of the years is to follow three basic rules:
- Vacuuming regularly increases the lifetime of your rug. Rotate the rug so that it wil wear evenly. For pile rugs, always finish by vacuuming in the direction of the pile.
- Remove stains immediately! See further below under “stain treatment”.
- Clean the rug by a professional cleaner only, provided the rug is dirty.
Should be professionally flat washed. Rag rugs should be dry cleaned.
Should be professionally flat washed. Do not dry clean!
Should be professionally flat washed.
Woven and knotted shaggy rugs
Should be professionally flat washed. Shake the rug outdoors occasionally in order to lift the pile.
Tufted shaggy rugs
Should be professionally flat washed. Do not dry clean! Shake the rug outdoors occasionally in order to lift the pile.
Rugs from felted material
Should be professionally flat washed without too much damage on the surface, it is important that the rug does not lie damp for too long, as this can cause yellowing.
If an accident should happen, do not waste any time. Nine out of every ten stains can be removed if they are dealt with immediately.
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Use white kitchen paper to absorb any liquid. Dilute what is left with lukewarm water (fresh blood: cold water). Blot. Repeat the procedure. Allow to dry. Anything remaining can be removed with a white cloth dipped in lukewarm water with a little washing-up liquid (dried blood and urine: add a little ammonia). Rinse with clean water. Blot.
Carefully scrape away (in the case of soot, vacuum) as much of the stain as possible. Dab the stain with a white cloth dipped in a solvent such as perchlorethylene. Blot. Repeat the procedure.
Fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and use this to freeze the stain. Use a blunt knife to break up the material and scrape away the largest pieces. Carefully drip a little perchlorethylene onto the surface. Wait about a minute and then lift away the remains of the chewing gum/wax. Anything still remaining can be removed with a white cloth dipped in a little perchlorethylene.
Kateha recommends Clean Kit. Clean Kit is a stain remover that can deal with wet or dry stains. It is effective on carpets and furnishing fabrics, and it is gentle and easy to use. Clean Kit was initially developed for use involving strict cleanliness requirements, such as in hospitals. Clean Kit complies with EU regulations and does not contain any hazardous bleaching agents or chemical substances. See more at Clean Kit.