Handmade Area Rugs: Spill Cleaning & Care

It is said that oriental rugs are similar to a fine wine in the sense that both get better with age. But what happens when these two worlds collide…literally. There you are enjoying your evening glass when all of a sudden you accidentally spill your drink on your luxury rug. Such incidents as this, coupled with the constant treading of your retro rug, can deplete its life and quality. That is why it’s very important to stay up to date with the upkeep of your antique rug. The following are quick tips to help clean spills and preserve the life of your antique rug.

Did I Do That?

It’s okay, don’t panic; there’s a little Steve Q. Urkel in us all. Now that your heart has returned from it’s journey to the center of your throat (as it naturally does with every panicking moment) let’s begin cleaning the spill that just occurred shall we? Spills that are dealt with immediately can often be blotted up before a stain occurs. That is why it is essential that you take action right away. Use the corner of a clean cloth to gently blot the area where the accident occurred. BE SURE TO NOT SCRUB, as this will only fossilize the spill within your carpet, causing the stain to remain. If soap is needed, use hair shampoo. The reason to use this type of shampoo is because the protein of wool within Persian rugs is similar to that of human hair. Be sure to keep the rug elevated after blotting; letting it air dry with a fan for 24-48 hours.

Red Red Wine

Red wine stains should be blotted with a dry cloth, keeping in mind not to rub or scrub. After doing this, a solution can be made of ONE – QUART of water with 2-3 drops of mild UNSCENTED colorless detergent and 1 -2 drops of WHITE vinegar (be sure not to use cider vinegar). Though this may sound like something Bill Nye “The Science Guy” would do as one of his experiments, this has proven to do the trick. Again don’t forget to elevate the area of the rug that was affected and let it sit for 24-48 hours.

Stop! The Rug You Save Might Be Your Own

Before you start vacuuming or cleaning your rug please consult with your rug dealer, salesman or professional rug consultant, to ensure that you do not further damage the rug. Antique carpets are delicate pieces of art that require special maintenance and specific cleaning techniques. For more in depth advice on how to clean your luxury rug please click on the link follows http://utahrugs.com/rugCleaning.aspx

*For contemporary rugs that are in high traffic areas, it is important that they be cleaned every 6 months to a year, while the average modern rug only needs to be cleaned every 2 -3 years.*

Handmade Area Rugs Spill Cleaning & Care (BP)