So you’ve purchased your new area rug, Congratulations! Purchasing an area rug for your home is an investment and we want to ensure you will enjoy your rug for years to come. Area rugs are one of the easiest ways to freshen the look, color and style of your home. Like any investment, a rug must be properly taken care of if it is to last. The following tips are to help extend the life of your new rug.
KNOWING YOUR RUG
All rugs are handmade by skilled artisans, or in a specialty manufacturing facility, and are checked to meet quality standards before shipment. The following seven simple facts will help you to understand your rug and prolong its life.
1. Color – No two rugs are the same. Slight color variations are common for handmade rugs, as dye lots may change over a period of time.
2. Shedding – All wool rugs will shed. Shedding will subside over time, depending on traffic and wear. It typically takes 20-25 vacuums, at a minimum, to curtail shedding. Some will shed the lifetime of the rug.
3. Sprouts – Loose fibers, or “sprouts,” are a normal part of the break-in process of handmade rugs. To remove sprouts, use a small pair of scissors to snip them off even with the pile. Do not pull the fiber out, as this can cause deterioration of the backing.
4. Creases – If your rug has been rolled or folded for shipping, it may include creases. Creases should disappear within a week or two when the rug is laid out flat. Reverse rolling the rug overnight will help.
5. Odor – Odors are caused by dyes, yarns and shipping for long distances in sealed wrap. Most odors dissipate within a week once the rug is removed from the shipping wrap.
6. Fading – If exposed to direct sunlight, rug colors typically fade over time, even if they are fade resistant.
7. Wear – As a general rule, rugs of all materials and constructions should be rotated every 3-6 months to balance color and evenly distribute wear.
CARE & MAINTENANCE OF YOUR RUG
How To Vacuum Your Rug – Canister vacuums without beater bars are the optimal type of vacuum to use on rugs. Brooms and manual sweepers are also a gentle and effective way to clean rugs.
Many of today’s upright vacuums are super high powered. The high suction can pull out the threads from the back of the rug causing “sprouts.” Use the handheld attachment to vacuum your area rug whenever possible.
If you choose not to (or are unable to use) the handheld attachment on your upright vacuum, make sure to turn off the vacuum’s beater bar as it can pull fibers from the face of the rug and cause the rug to fuzz. If the beater bar cannot be turned off, set it on the highest position possible before vacuuming. Then, carefully place the vacuum on the rug.
If the rug has surged (finished) edges, refrain from continuously running the vacuum
over the edges as this will loosen fibers around the edges and cause them to
Avoid running the vacuum over the fringes at the ends of the rug as fraying may occur.
Use the handheld attachment to clean the fringes.
If a rug is reversible, make sure to vacuum both sides. This will remove grit and grime that can prematurely wear out your rug.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR RUG
Clean spills immediately. Once a stain is set, it becomes much more difficult to
clean. Never rub a spill, as this forces the spill deeper into the rug. Instead, blot the stain with a clean white cloth.
For wool rugs, use lukewarm water to remove any residual stain as wool is more prone to bleeding and staining than synthetic fibers.
Always use clean water to remove any residual cleaner and dry towels to absorb any moisture.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING FOR YOUR HANDMADE RUG
Always use a professional area rug cleaning expert. Cleaning a handmade rug requires a process different than cleaning wall-to-wall carpet.
Inspect the rug with a rug cleaning expert prior to cleaning. Get a signed receipt and guarantee of work before the work is performed.
To find your perfect area rug, visit our showroom in North Lima, Ohio or on the web at sheelys.com.