The final touch for many modern homes is a perfectly designed rug. Whether opting for a classic Oriental design or another beautifully hand-knotted and handmade piece, a truly stylish and high-quality rug comes at a price. Your hand-knotted rug is a real investment for your home and so proper care and cleaning is essential to ensure you can enjoy its full lifetime and keep it looking as beautiful as the first day you bought it. Extending the life of your rug ensures you can enjoy it for as long as possible and it can remain a feature in your home. The following two points are the most essential in caring for your rug:
- Regularly Vacuum with Care
Vacuuming should go without saying but when it comes to your new rug, taking close care is very important Sand, grit and similar dirt can easily get under the base of the pile of the rug and this can cause abrasive damage. This kind of damage can damage the wool fibres and result in the pile shedding and diminishing. Only the suction attachment of the vacuum should ever be used on handmade rugs as the other attachments can damage the fringe.
- Quickly deal with Spills
While your handmade rug probably isn’t positioned around food and drink usually, accidents do happen. Dealing with spills immediately is essential to avoid damage. Excess fluids should be instantly blotted up as quickly as possible and then warm soapy water and a clean cloth should be removed to use the remainder. No cleaning products or chemicals should be used on your rug. They can impact on the colour of the rug and permanently damage your investment. For more stubborn and worrying dyed drinks such as red wine, you can use soda water or a similar carbonated liquid to help lift the stain.
If you keep these key points in mind, then you can keep up the daily and regular maintenance of your carpets, but sometimes you will need to consider deep cleaning.
When should you have your hand-knotted rug professional cleaned?
Where your rug is positioned in your home has a big impact on how often you should bring in the professional cleaners. If it is in a particularly high traffic area, then you will need more regular cleaning. Grit and dirt which you cannot get out with a vacuum can be easily removed by professionals with the right equipment and products. Usually a rug will not need cleaning more than every five years but if you see it is visibly soiled, it is definitely worth calling in the professionals.
When it comes to how your rug is cleaned, it is perfectly fine to speak to the cleaning company and ask that they use no powders or steam cleaners. Each can cause different kinds of damage such as adding gritty residue to the pile or blurring and damaging the colours of the rug.
Your new hand-knotted rug can be a real feature of your home for many years to come. This is only the case if you invest the time needed to care for it, ensuring it maintains its beauty for many years to come.
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