-Please note that spots, if treated improperly, are more likely to become permanent stains and may damage your rug.
-Some damage may not be visible until the rug is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, such as color loss, shifting, and fuzzing of fibers. If you are unsure how to use the cleaning solutions or methods, we suggest you call a professional.
This spotting guide below will assist you in removing small, everyday household spills while minimizing the risk of permanent damage to your oriental rug.
Most over-the-counter spotters are formulated for synthetic carpets and are too aggressive for use on natural fiber rugs and should be avoided.
Key Spotting Concepts
with a plastic spoon, butter knife, or vacuum before applying any cleaning products.
blot up liquids with towels before applying any cleaning products. Blot, don't rub or scrub aggressively, as this can damage fibers and fuzz a rug.
Pre-test Spotting Products
In an unseen place, like the back of the rug. If dye transfers to a towel or the rug changes color in that area, you should NOT use this solution and consult a professional.
Less is More.
Use cleaning solutions sparingly. Excessive use of strong chemicals can damage your rug and compound the problem and cause color run.
Dry the spotted area.
Prolonged wetness and slow drying can cause color run and mildew damage. Blot dry with a towel and or place a fan blowing directly on the spot until dry. If the rug has not dried in two days, consult a professional cleaner.
When in doubt, or if a spot does not respond to your treatment, contact our professionals for expert advice
General Spot Cleaner
1. Mix 1/2 teaspoonful of hand dishwashing detergent with a cup of cold water. (that does NOT contain bleaches or disinfectants) we suggest products like Biokleen, Planet, and Seventh Generation.
DO NOT use laundry detergents, automatic dishwashing detergents, Baking Soda, Vinegar & baking Soda combinations, or over-the-counter carpet spotting products. These are too aggressive for natural fibers rugs like wool & silk and will cause damage.
2. Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover can be used for grease and oil-based spills be sure to use it in a ventilated area.
Disclaimer: These are best practices but are NOT applicable or appropriate for every situation. The END-USER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining their suitability for their situation and the consequences of their use. Some spots, such as Ink and urine, are difficult to remove in a home setting and are best dealt with by a professional in a cleaning facility.