A flatweave rug makes a great addition to any room in your home. Originally a weaving method exclusive to various tribal peoples around the world, who would use an upright shuttle loom to create their flatwoven masterpieces from the wool of their sheep, this technique creates a rug that is lightweight yet durable.
Today’s flatweave rugs are made by machine from materials as varied as polyester and cotton, and are no less beautiful. Available in a wide selection of colors and designs, they provide an easy way to bring a splash of color and warmth into a space. Luckily, they are also easy to care for.
Flatweave rugs are typically very durable, but there are a few things you can do to keep them in great shape for many years to come. One way to reduce the wear and tear of traffic patterns on your flatweave rug is to rotate or even flip the rug on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to use a rug pad underneath these rugs. Not only will a rug pad make a flatweave rug feel thicker and more luxurious, as well as keeping it from sliding, it will also lessen the wear and tear on the rug, and prevent dirt from being ground into the fibers.
As far as regular cleaning goes, vacuuming is perfectly safe for your flatweave rug. Some people have had success washing them in a washing machine, but we don’t recommend this, as soaking wet rugs become extremely heavy, and can not only damage your washing machine, but also be stretched out of shape by the sheer weight of the water while drying.
Blot up any spills with a paper towel, rather than trying to wipe or scrub. To remove a stain, try dabbing on a small amount of a gentle soap, such as Woolite, and cold water, or a stain remover such as Resolve. Brush with a soft brush, and then rinse with a wet cloth. Dry by blotting up excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. Be careful to remove as much of the soap as possible, because soap residue can work as a magnet for more dirt in the future.
If your rug becomes excessively damp while washing, it is vital to dry it by laying it out flat, not by hanging it. Make sure the rug is laid completely flat, in its original shape, so that no distortions occur during drying. Flip the rug often, and keep it out of direct sunlight, in a well-ventilated area, until completely dry.
If you choose to, you can also have your flatweave rug professionally dry-cleaned, but this is not a necessity.
By following these simple tips for the care and cleaning of your flatweave rug, you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty for a long time to come. Do you have any unique tips and tricks for cleaning flatweave rugs that you’ve had success with? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!