Rug Cleaning - Oriental, Sisal & Jute and Flokati Rugs

Rug Care

Cleaning rugs
There are so many excellent rug cleaning products on the market that looking after your rug is easier than ever before. Once you have selected your rug, you’ll want to keep it looking as new and beautiful as the day you bought it, so Guide4Home has put together a basic rug cleaning guide to help you look after your rug.

The first thing you need to understand is that all rugs are different, and the best way to clean them and the equipment to use will differ from type to type. Despite this there are a couple of basic rules, for example, rotating the rug on a regular basis will minimize wear and tear in specific places. It is also important to use a rug pad to keep the rug in place as this reduces damage caused by excessive movement and friction.

Here is a brief outline of how to look after some of the more popular styles of rug:

Cleaning Oriental rugs

Avoiding the fringes, you should vacuum oriental rugs frequently and in the same direction.

To remove small areas of everyday dirt and spills, get rid of solids and then blot the mark with a clean, dry towel. Alternate this with a cloth soaked in a mixture made of 50% cold water and 50% white vinegar.

Make sure you get a specialist weaver to undertake any repairs of re-fringing.

How to Clean Sisal Rugs and Jute Rugs (Natural fiber)

Vacuum regularly to remove everyday grime and dirt.

You should never shampoo jute rugs or sisal rugs or use a steam cleaner, and always remove spills and moisture with a cloth and a hairdryer.

Cleaning Flokati rugs

Restore the fluffiness of your flokati rug by running a garden rake across it.

If you need to vacuum the rug, only use a suction head, and not a rotating brush as this will damage the wool.

If it fits in your washing machine it is possible to launder it, but use a mild detergent and a very gentle cycle at a low temperature.

Never dry your rug in direct sunlight.

If in doubt, contact a specialist rug cleaner and let them do the work for you!


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