A hand-loomed rug can finish the look of any room in your house. These rugs feel great underfoot, and their durability makes them ideal for high traffic areas like family rooms and even kitchens. However, though these rugs are durable, you should still take precautions with them, and be sure to clean them regularly, as you would any other rug or carpet. Here are some tips for properly taking care of your new rug.
While these rugs are great for busy areas, proper rug care is still essential to prevent excessive wear and tear or other damages. A rug pad underneath the rug is always a good idea to keep the rug from slipping and to add another layer of protection. Sunlight can fade the colors of your rug, so rotating the rug regularly is a good way to keep one section of the rug from wearing out early. You may even want to flip the rug occasionally, if it’s reversible.
Be sure to vacuum your hand-loomed rug often, as dirt and grit can work their way into the fibers and cause damage, if given the chance. Using the suction attachment will remove the dirt without doing any damage to your rug.
Expect hand-loomed rugs made from wool to shed fibers for the first few months after purchase – this is normal, and will eventually stop with regular vacuuming. If you notice any loose fibers on your rug, don’t pull them – instead, clip them with scissors.
It’s a fact – if you own a rug long enough, you are bound to have some spills. While there really isn’t anything you can do to stop the occasional spill, you can make sure that you know how to properly clean it up. If a liquid is spilled on you rug, use paper towels or another absorbent material to blot the spill, rather than rubbing it. Rubbing at a spill can actually work the liquid into the fibers and damage your rug. If you think the spill is going to stain, use a gentle cleaner and be sure to rinse out the area with water afterwards, as leftover soap can also harm your rug. Check underneath the rug to be certain it is completely dry, as dampness can cause mold or mildew.
If you have pets, especially if they are not entirely housebroken, make sure you keep an eye out for any suspicious stains on your rug. Animal waste can actually be very damaging to a rug. Use the same process as above to clean up the affected area, and rinse it well with water. If you discover too late that your pet has a “favorite” rug, you may want to seek out a professional cleaner.
You might want to have your hand-loomed rug professionally cleaned from time to time, but it isn’t always a necessity.
Durable and comfortable, hand-loomed rugs can add decorative flair to any room in your home. By following these rug care tips, you can enjoy the beauty of your rug for years to come. If you have any cleaning tricks that have worked well for you, let us know in the comment section below!