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EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR FINE RUGS

With proper care, handmade Oriental rugs can last for generations. Because of their complexity and value, rugs should be cleaned and restored by trained and knowledgeable professionals with effective cleaning and drying facilities.

Before cleaning any rug, it is important to determine its origin, age, dyeing methods, previous repair and care, and construction. Improperly cleaned rugs can bleed, shrink, experience fiber deterioration and ultimately, lose their beauty and value. Typical rug cleaning services are appropriate for broadloom or wall-to-wall carpeting only, and are not gentle or thorough enough for most Oriental and specialty area rugs.

Although professional care of your rugs is best, life’s inevitable soils and spills can be problematic if not caught early and quickly removed at home. For your reference, see our Stain Removal Guide to help your rugs look their best between professional cleanings. Depending on the traffic your rugs encounter, a professional washing is recommended every one to three years. In addition, you should rotate your rugs annually for even wear.

Stain Removal Index

HOW TO CLEAN SPILLS:

  1. 1) Do not saturate or soak;
  2. 2) Dilute with a water and laundry detergent solution;
  3. 3) Apply with a clean cloth and work from the edge of the spill to the center;
  4. 4) Dry with fan or hair dryer; 5) Brush pile down so it is not distorted.

The following chart will help you remove most stains. For further assistance, please contact S&S Rug Cleaners.

OPTION 1

  • Detergent
  • Blot
  • Vinegar
  • Blot
  • Detergent
  • Blot
  • Water
  • Blot

OPTION 2

  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Blot
  • Detergent
  • Blot
  • Water
  • Blot

OPTION 3

  • Detergent
  • Blot
  • Ammonia
  • Blot
  • Vinegar
  • Blot
  • Detergent
  • Blot
  • Water
  • Blot
  • Beer3
  • Berries3
  • Bleach1
  • Blood3
  • Candy (sugar)1
  • Chocolate, Cocoa1
  • Coffee3
  • Crayon2
  • Egg2
  • Fruit Juice3
  • Furniture Polish3
  • Gravy1
  • Ice Cream2
  • Ketchup2
  • Lipstick1
  • Mayonnaise2
  • Milk1
  • Mud1
  • Mustard3
  • Paint2
  • Rust1
  • Sauce1
  • Soft Drinks3
  • Tar2
  • Tea3
  • Toothpaste1
  • Vomit2
  • Washable Ink1
  • Wax (See below)
  • Wine3

REMOVING WAX:

  1. 1) Put a damp cloth over spot;
  2. 2) Use a hot iron (move constantly) over damp cloth;
  3. 3) Within 10-20 seconds, wax will be absorbed into cloth.