RUG CLEANING, REPAIR & CARE
We offer comprehensive, expert, traditional hand washing. We also offer restoration, binding and refringing of Oriental, Contemporary, Shags, Needlepoints, Animal Skins, Kilims and Tibetan area rugs, and tapestries. Call 305.571.7171 or email us for pricing and details.
CARE FOR ORIENTAL & CONTEMPORARY RUGS
Vacuum regularly, as needed.
Vacuum small rugs rather than shaking them.
Use caster cups under the legs of chairs to protect the rug. They could be found at a hardware store.
Look under rugs regularly for signs of moth damage – tunnels or tufts of wool. If you find signs of moths, have all of your rugs professionally cleaned, as well as your wool clothing.
Clean a spill immediately before ithas a chance to set. Carefully blot up excess liquid with a paper towel, and then pour a small amount of club soda onto the soiled area. With a soft cloth, blot (do not rub) the stain from the outer edges inward to avoid spreading the stain.
For specific spills, a variety of household solutions
may be used:
Fresh food – sprinkle cornmeal on the spot.
It will act like a blotter. Then vacuum.
Tea stains – remove with soda water.
Red wine – remove with white wine.
Grease – Try a mild cleaning fluid, having first tried it
on a small, hidden area on the rug.
Gum – harden with an ice cube, and then gently scrape it.
Finally, blot up excess liquid and elevate the dampened spot to allow air circulation until dry. If you are unsuccessful, contact a professional rug cleaner. For large spots, tough or dark stains (blood, wine, soft drinks, fruit punch, animal stains) have the rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible.
Depending on the amount of traffic the rugs experience, they should be cleaned every two to three years. We encourage the use of a professional cleaning service that specializes in oriental rugs, not a broadloom cleaner unfamiliar with the hand-woven product. Professional cleaning will remove dirt, as well as the surface soiling that gradually dulls the appearance of a carpet. Do not use commercial dry cleaners, as your handmade rug will require re-blocking following the cleaning process. Only professional Oriental rug cleaners are qualified to provide this service.
To extend the life of your oriental carpet, turn it 180 degrees every year or two. This helps to even out your rug exposure to traffic and sunlight.
RUG PADS / SOIL AND STAIN TREATMENT
We recommend soil and stain resistant treatment on area rugs and underlay padding be used. We suggest that rugs be professionally cleaned every year depending upon the traffic. To enhance the life of your rug, we recommend the use of a rug pad. For all types of rugs, the appropriate rug pad will help to eliminate buckling, curling and slippage, slow down the aging process by keeping distance between the rug and any floor dust and dirt. Make vacuuming more effective.
CARE CLEANING FOR SHAG, WOOL, POLYPROPYLENE, NYLON AND BLENDS, ANIMAL SKIN RUGS
Regular vacuuming is a carpet’s best friend. In most cases, a suction only canister is best to prevent excess pilling and fuzzing. However, if this type is not available, set vacuum so that the brush is farthest away from the surface of the carpet.
For small Animal Skin rugs, shake off dirt instead of vacuuming. The vacuum cleaner dust bag should be
changed when it is half full. Remove spills immediately.
Professionally clean regularly by a certified professional cleaner. Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is spilled or dropped, and always having the necessary cleaning materials on hand are the utmost importance.