Caring For Your Hand-Knotted Rug
- Regular vacuuming is the best way to care for your rug (approx. once every 1-2 weeks). Additionally, vacuum the underside of the rug every 3 months.
- Address spills immediately by diluting the affected area with warm water and blotting with a clean cloth or paper towel. It may be helpful to use a spoon to "drag" out the water. Repeat the process as many times as needed to lift the stain. Avoid rubbing stains in.
- Shedding is normal in high-quality wool rugs and it decreases over time. The amount of shedding will depend on how much traffic your rug gets.
- Avoid using chemical cleaners and other household products (baking powder, soda, etc.) as they may discolor your rug. Our vegetal dyed rugs should only be washed by qualified Oriental rug cleaners.
- In areas where there is excessive sunlight, you should rotate your rug every six months to minimize sun discoloration.
- Occasionally, loose yarns may appear; simply clip the yarn even with the pile surface as needed.
- Use a rug pad to extend the life of your rug, prevent slippage and provide cushioning.
- Never leave your rugs folded for any extended period of time as it could strain and damage the warp threads. For long term storage, clean and roll the rug, wrap it tightly in plastic (eg. Tyvek) and store it in a cool, dry place.
- Send your rug for professional rug wash every 3 years—more often if it is located in a high traffic area or if a major stain is sustained. Ralo offers professional cleaning service for our clients.
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