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Many consumers accent their homes with Oriental Rugs or Designer Rugs. Caring for them properly is important.

How do you protect your area rugs?

To protect the rug from wear, dirt, and prevent it from slipping, purchase a pad to go underneath the rug. Unless you have window film tinting to protect against UV rays, on sunny days, close window shades, shutters, or blinds to reduce sun damage. Rotate rugs, and rearrange the furniture so that all parts of the rug will have equal exposure. Regular vacuuming will remove harmful grit.

Inspect the appearance of your rug periodically. If your Oriental rug lacks luster, you should take it in for professional cleaning. In-plant cleaning can usually be done by an area rug cleaning specialist. On braided rugs, inspect and repair areas where the braiding has come apart.

How do you treat stains?

Treat all stains and spills as soon as possible. If spills are left untreated, they may cause the fibers to weaken or become difficult to remove. Remember to test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area before using any kind of stain removal product, and to carefully blot stains with a clean, white towel. For a video with spotting instructions and spotting formulas click here.

To remove food stains, mix a mild detergent with water and blot the area until the staining material can no longer be transferred to the towel. Rinse, and dry the area by elevating the rug or by using a fan or blow dryer.

To remove oily stains, cover the area with an absorbent powder, let sit, shake off and vacuum. You may also try blotting the area with a small amount of alcohol or dry cleaning fluid.

If you are uncertain on how to remove a stain, ask us and we’ll be happy to help!