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Rug Care and Cleaning Guide

Area rugs can be made from a variety or blend of materials. Make sure to carefully read the label on your new rug and always follow the care and cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer.

While regular home maintenance is important, all rugs should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. Visit www.rugwash.ie for all cleaning, stain removal and restoration purposes.

If you are unsure of the best way to care for your new rug, please feel free to contact us at help@rugs.ie. Our expert team is always happy to answer any query.

General Tips

  • Rotate your rug frequently to prevent uneven wear and place a rug underlay underneath to prevent surface friction.
  • Natural fibres such as wool, jute and sisal will shed occasionally, particularly in the first few months. This is completely normal and not reflective of the quality of the rug.
  • Viscose strands tend to occasionally come away. This is completely normal and does not mean that the rug is unravelling.
  • Cut away stray fibres rather than pulling them.

Flatweaves

Flatweaves are generally low-maintenance. They can be wiped and shaked clean. Make sure to double-check the material however, certain materials such as jute should not be in contact with water because discolouration can occur.

Oriental & Persian Rugs

If cared for correctly, Oriental and Persian rugs can last a lifetime. Incredibly durable,they can generally be treated the same as wool rugs, however, take care when spillages occur. The rich colours found in Persian and Oriental rugs are achieved using vegetable dyes, which can often run when exposed to water or detergents. If a spillage or stain occurs, we recommend you have your rug professionally cleaned so as to prevent further damage.

Vacuuming

All pile rugs require regular vacuuming to prevent the build up of dirt and dust, as well as to deter shedding in wool, jute and sisal rugs.

Ideally, you should vacuum your rug twice a week at most, making sure to vacuum in the direction of the pile. Avoid over-vacuuming, which can damage some natural-fibre rugs. Synthetic rugs can be vacuumed on any setting, however natural fibre rugs should be treated delicately. Avoid using a rotating head/beater bar on material that sheds easily, such as wool, jute and sisal.

For delicate materials such as viscose, silk and bamboo silk, a carpet sweeper is recommended in lieu of a vacuum.

Do not vacuum fringe. Opt instead for a brush or broom to remove dust and dirt.

Spot Stains

If a spillage occurs on your rug, clean the area immediately, carefully blotting the excess liquid with a dry cloth.

Use a gentle detergent such as Woolite or a non-biological washing powder to remove the stain. Do not use bleaching agents or carpet cleaners. Do not use a detergent or water on Persian, Oriental, jute. viscose, silk and sisal rugs.

Blot instead of wipe to prevent further damage to the dye and pile.

Rug Care by Material

Wool: In order to prevent the fibres getting damaged, vacuum your wool rug 2 to 4 times a month at most. You will witness a certain degree of shedding which is completely normal, particularly within the first few months of purchase.

Polypropylene & Polyester: No need to be delicate with polypropylene or polyester rugs because they are synthetic. Both materials have good stain resistance, however it is difficult to remove long-term stains, so take care when spillages occur and treat immediately.

Cotton: Many cotton rugs can be washed in a regular washing machine using a delicate setting and mild detergent. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding.

Jute & Sisal: Avoid all contact with water if possible. Jute and Sisal are not water-resistant, resulting in ugly discolouration and warping. Carefully blot stains with a dry cloth if they occur and avoid placement in areas with high-moisture such as bathrooms.

Viscose, Silk & Bamboo Silk: Avoid contact with water or placement in areas with high-moisture. Water will cause discolouration in viscose rugs and cause the natural vegetable dyes used in silk rugs to bleed. Do not vacuum. Opt instead for a carpet sweeper to remove dirt and dust. These materials are not very durable so avoid placement in a high-traffic areas and rotate frequently to ensure that the wear is even throughout the rug.