Once you've found the perfect rug for your home, you're going to want to take care of it. Luckily, find hand made rugs hold up much better to life than a machine made one. We want to give you the knowledge to care for your new purchase, so here are some tips to keep your rug vibrant and strong for years to come.
The first step towards long-lasting beauty, comfort, and durability with your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. This prevents soil form becoming embedded in the carpet's pile. Always vacuum and clean in the direction of the pile to avoid pulling up fibers and damaging knots. Also, if you can raise the beater bar on your vacuum so that the spinning brush is not touching the rug.
Spills should be treated directly by scooping the stain from your carpet with a round spoon. Always move in the direction of the pile and not against it! After removing as much of the stain as possible with your spoon, you can pour salt over the spot which will absorb the liquid like a sponge. Once the salt has soaked up the liquid, use the spoon again to pick up the remaining and rinse the spot with a moist towel. Once dry, vacuum up any leftovers.
If there are any loose threads in your carpet do not despair. Each knot in a hand woven rugs is cut by hand, and so sometimes there are threads that are left longer than the rest. Don't try to pull them out because you might pull the whole knot with it. Use a pair of sharp scissors to remove the extra thread down to the length of the rest of the pile.
If your carpet is placed in the full sunlight it is important to rotate it every now and then so that any spots that are more exposed than others do not result in a difference in colors over time. Natural dyes are less susceptible to fading, but any material left in direct strong sunlight will fade with time. Rotating the rug is an important precaution that will allow the colors to stay even over the course of the rugs life.
Roll your carpet when you want to store or move it. This prevents creases and folds from forming that can be pesky to remove without a professional cleaning/soaking. Store your rug in a cool, dry, dark place to protect against moisture and uneven sunlight.
Vacuum the back of your carpet every year to remove dust from the bottom of the knots that settles over time.
Don't use chemical cleaning products on your carpet. Don't use a lot of water when you clean stains. And don't vacuum against the pile. For hard to remove stains, it's best to trust the experts.
Even with the best care, it's still a good idea to get your rugs professionally cleaned every 12-24 months, depending on the amount of dirt and stains it's been exposed to. Give us a call at (303-825-0064) to get an estimate on a professional cleaning.