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Cleaning & Care

How to Clean Your Rug

Clean spills immediately. Once a stain is set, it becomes much more difficult to clean. 

Wool Rugs

  • With a dry cotton towel or white paper towel, blot out stain as much as possible.
  • Scrape off any food or debris with a dull instrument.
  • Mix a very small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water. With a clean sponge and soap mix (avoid using excessive water), gently remove remainder of the stain
    and then blot the area with a dry towel.
  • Avoid excessive heat or agitation, as wool rugs are more prone to bleeding and staining than synthetic rugs. We recommend using a professional rug cleaner on
    an annual basis.

Synthetic Fiber Rugs (Olefin | Polypropylene | Nylon)

  • With a dry cotton towel or white paper towel, blot out stain as much as possible.
  • Scrape off any food or debris with a dull instrument.
  • Mix a very small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water. With a clean sponge and soap mix, remove the remainder of stain and then blot the area with a dry towel.

Shag Rugs

  • Spray extraction, along with use of a wool-approved product, can be used to clean shag rugs.
  • Shedding is normal for wool products and decreases over time. Do not pull yarn out,
    as this may result in damage to the rug.
  • Canister vacuums without a beater bar are most effective in cleaning shag rugs. Vacuums with beater bars and/or brushes, or those set too low, may abrade
    the face of the rug.

Professional Cleaning For Your Handmade Rug

Depending on use, every so often it is recommended to clean your rug professionally.  You can use your local rug cleaning company or contact us info@eorc.us or (516) 962-2175 for a free estimate. 

KNOWING YOUR RUG

A hand knotted rug is a very well made product and is inherently as durable as it is beautiful.  Most will last many years and keep their beauty and often improve with the character of age.  

A few maintenance points:

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.

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 for the lifetime of the rug.

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 a deterioration of the backing.

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.

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.

Fading

If exposed to direct sunlight, rug colors typically fade
over time, even if they are fade resistant.

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.