Please note that spots, if treated improperly, are more likely to become permanent stains and may result in damage to your rug. Some damage may not be visible until the rug is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed such as color loss. If you are unsure how to use the cleaning solutions or methods we suggest you call a professional.
This spotting guide 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 carpet and are too aggressive for use on natural fiber rugs and should be avoided.
Blot up spills immediately. It is important to remove as much of the excess material as quickly as possible. Using a clean, white towel press down on the stain, working from the outside of the spill to the middle. Blot, don't rub or scrub aggressively as this can damage fibers and fuzz a rug.
Remove solids with a plastic spoon or butter knife & blot up liquids with towels before applying any cleaning products
In an inconspicuous area test cleaning products. Pre-test spotting solution products on an unseen place, like the back of the rug. If dye transfers to a towel or if the rug changes color in that area, you should NOT use this solution and consult a professional.
Don’t over-wet. Use small amounts of liquids. Over-wetting can cause the stain to spread and colors to run.
Less is More. Use cleaning solutions sparingly. Excessive use of strong chemicals can damage your rug and compound the problem.
Be patient. Some spots respond very slowly. It’s better to take a little time when treating a spot than having to look at bad results for years.
Rinse out cleaning products & chemicals. If you used a cleaning solution, be sure to blot it up and follow up by blotting with a damp cloth. Leaving detergent in your rug can cause rapid re-soiling.
Dry the spotted area Prolonged moisture can cause color run and mildew damage. Check back after a half-day to make sure that the area is drying. If not, 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 their expert advice.
How to use the directions below
Use each of the cleaning agents on the spot or spill in the order indicated until the spot fails to improve. Apply small amounts of the cleaning solution with a clean, white absorbent towel never use dyed towels as color could transfer. Blot frequently and continue to apply and blot until the material is no longer transferred to the towel. The final step is to blot up any remaining moisture by pressing or padding the area with an absorbent towel and weighing it down with a heavy object like a book.
1. Apply a small amount of cold water and blot with a dry towel
2. 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, Seventh Generation
DO NOT use laundry detergents, automatic dishwashing detergents, or over-the-counter carpet spotting products. These are too aggressive for natural fibers rugs like wool & silk and will cause damage.
3. Mix 1/3 cup of white distilled vinegar with 2/3 cup cold water.
4. Apply a small amount of clear rubbing alcohol to a towel. Use in very small amounts to avoid damage to your rug. Be sure of proper ventilation before using any volatile solvents, like rubbing alcohol.
5. Consult a professional.
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.
Candle Wax 4,5
Chewing Gum 4,2,5
Coffee / Tea 1,2,3,5 (old spills oxidise and require specalized treament)
Food Coloring 5
Fruit Juices 1,2,3,5
Furniture Polish 2,4,3,5
Furniture Stain 4,5,
Glue (Carpenter’s) 2,4,5
Glue (Contact Cement) 4,5
Ice Cream 1,2,3,5
Ink 4,2,5 (Ink is hard to spot in a home setting it's often best left to professionals)
Nail Polish 4,5
Paint (latex) 1,4,5
Soft Drinks 1,2,3,5
Tar / Asphalt 4,5
Urine 1,2,3,5 (heavily saturated urine can only be removed by washing)
Wine 1,2,3,5 (old spills oxidize and require specialized treatment)