Keeping your rug clean
The best way of keeping your rug clean at home is by vacuuming it. We recommend vacuuming weekly. Avoid vacuuming too often – once a week is enough. Be careful to vacuum gently and to avoid using the beater bar. Always vacuum in the same direction as the pile. Vacuuming against the pile will leave it raised and allow for grit to more easily come in contact with the knots. Never vacuum the fringes. Wool and silk rugs can be vacuumed but do so gently. Do not vacuum a 100% silk rug.
Periodic professional cleanings are an important part of prolonging and maintaining the beauty of your rugs. Rug owners are often wowed when they see the results of a good professional rug cleaning. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, a professional rug cleaning is recommended every one to three years. A professional rug cleaning will enhance your carpets, bringing out the richness of colour and softness of the wool.
For cleaning, take your rug to a specialist, never to a regular dry cleaner. Our cleaning service typically takes 7-10 days and we offer free pick-up/delivery within the Greater Toronto Area. Never allow someone to steam clean your Persian or Oriental rugs. This can damage the wool, and cause the colours to bleed.
Spills and Stains
Spills and stains are an inevitable part of any rug’s life. Although hand-knotted rugs are very durable and can handle spills much better than synthetic rugs, you should clean spills immediately. Keep a bottle of plain soda water nearby. If you don’t have any plain soda water in the house, you can use clear cold water instead.
If you spill wine, coffee, juice or dark sodas, immediately pour a small amount of the soda water on it. This will dilute the spill and help lift the stain out. Blot the stain lightly with a clean towel or paper towel. Stains that have dried are more difficult to remedy, so acting quickly will go a long way. Without using too much water, continue rinsing and blotting until the stain is gone. If milk is spilled on the rug, it is probably a good idea to have it professionally cleaned, as the milk can sour and leave an unpleasant odour.
Our beloved pets sometimes have “accidents”. Urine is particularly bad about staining, as it is acidic. If left untreated, urine will leave an odour that is very hard to remove. For urine stains, repeat the same procedure as above, and make sure to rinse thoroughly. Contact us to have your rug professionally cleaned and sanitized to eliminate long-term odour and contamination.
Oftentimes, consumers are worried about their pet possibly urinating on their rug, and are afraid to go with a handmade piece for this reason. Removing odours and deodorizing a handwoven rug is not a problem but the same cannot be said about synthetic alternatives.
Repairs and Alterations
Don’t throw out your badly damaged rug. In most cases, handmade rugs suffering from regular wear and tear can be repaired or altered. If your rug is badly damaged, our skilled weavers can often salvage and combine the best parts of your rug.
Fringes are the most sensitive part of a rug but can fairly easily be repaired. To help with wear and tear, it is recommended to reverse (turn from end to end, not upside down) your rugs every six months or so. Once or twice per year, it is also recommended to vacuum the back side of your rugs; this can also help with moths.
Moths are attracted to wool. They look for dark, moist places to lay their eggs. It is actually the larvae which do the damage to any wool garment or rug, not the moths themselves. You can use feathers as a distraction, as moths love feathers even more than wool rugs. Regular cleaning and vacuuming will also help prevent moths. Avoid tucking your rugs too much under furniture as moths like the quiet dark places. Moths are most active during the summer months, from June-August.