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Your Oriental rug is a pre-eminent example of combined art, durability, and creativity and deserves the same care and attention you would devote to a fine piece of furniture. Your efforts will be rewarded time and time again through years of lasting satisfaction with the unique beauty of your oriental carpet.

  1. Vacuum regularly; at least once a week. Regular vacuuming will help remove destructive grit that is tracked on the surface and sifts through the wool fibers to the foundation of the rug. Occasionally, you should vacuum the back of the rug to draw out the very short, light absorbing bits of yarn that can otherwise dull the luster of the carpet.
  2. Rotate your rug frequently to allow for equal wear and exposure to sunlight. In high traffic areas, we recommend doing this once a year.
  3. Wet clean as required; generally not more than every ten years, preferably by a professional carpet cleaner. Professional cleaning will remove the grit and dirt that becomes deeply embedded as well as the surface soiling that dulls the appearance of the carpet. Cleaning should be done only by a professional cleaning service that specializes in oriental rugs, and not by a commercial cleaner unfamiliar with a hand-woven product.
  4. Cope with stains immediately. Whenever possible, clean a spill before it has a chance to set. First, scrape up any solid dirt or blot up excess liquid with a paper or cloth towel. Depending on the type of spill, a simple variety of household solutions may be used. Specific stain treatments, as supplied by The Wool Bureau, are as follows:
  5. Alcoholic Beverages
    Blood
    Chewing Gum
    Chocolate
    Coffee
    Cola / Soft Drink
    Fruit Juices
    Furniture Polish
    Gravy / Sauces
    Mildew
    Mud
    Rust
    Salad Dressing
    Tea
    Urine
    Vomit
    Wine
    Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Detergent / Vinegar / Starch Paste
    Freeze with Ice / Scrape / Solvent
    Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Cold Water / Detergent / Solvent
    Warm Water / Detergent
    Cold Water / Detergent
    Cleaning Solvent / Detergent / Ammonia
    Warm Water / Detergent
    Call a reputable cleaner
    Detergent
    Solvent / Detergent / Rust Remover
    Detergent / Cleaning Solvent
    Cold Water / Detergent / Solvent
    Detergent / Vinegar
    Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Absorbent Powder / Cold Water / Detergent
    1. Detergent Solution: One teaspoon clear dish washing soap in one-cup warm water.
    2. Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia in 1/2-cup water.
    3. Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3-cup water.
    4. Solvent: A dry-cleaning solvent (available at hardware and grocery stores.)

Techniques on cleaning stains

  1. Do it fast
  2. Blot up excess spills with paper towels. DO NOT RUB.
  3. Apply antidote from the preceding list. with a clean dry cloth, working from edges to center. DO NOT SOAK.
  4. Blot excess antidote with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair dryer.
  5. Restore direction of pile with clothes brush.

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