Accident over your rug? Don't Worry. Here are some of Terry's Rug's Tips:
► Spot Cleaning - Spot cleanimmediatelywhen an accident happens.
You have everything you will need for Spot Cleaning at home. Products such as Scotch Guard and various powders and sprays will do little to nothing for your rugs. In fact they will leave residues of soaps and chemicals in the fibers that are difficult to remove and will later surface as stains on future washings. NOTE: For dry/old marks and stains, try using a cloth damped with Rubbing Alcohol. Rub gently. Works in most cases.
STEP BY STEP
1 - Remove the excess of the spill by either Vacuuming (ShopVac or similar), or Scooping out the liquid with a regular spoon (ancient method) - Attention: Blotting/Dabbing is bad for the rug, for it pushes the spill deeper into the rug.
2 - Prepare the following simple formula: 1 cup of warm water, 1-2 drops of Dish Soap and half teaspoon of WHITE vinegar, agitate.
3 - Pour some of the solution on the spot and scrub/brush it to agitate the fibers, suck up with vacuum or scoop with spoon. Repeat as many times as you see fit.
4 - Rinse with clean water then vacuum or scoop out the liquids again. Repeat the process as necessary.
5 - Final step: Once you are satisfied with the cleaning, Brush the pile (while still damp) towards the original direction of the fibers and let the rug dry. After completely dry, brush the piles again to loosen the fibers and achieve the natural look. Et voilà !
►Underpad. Always haveproper padsfor all your rugs that are used on hard surfaces. Such as hardwood floors, tiles, or marble.
► Vacuuming. Vacuum your rugs as often as needed (Floor attachment only, NO roller/beater bar). Vacuum in one direction only (WITH the pile) instead of sweeping with a broom. In fact, for centuries rugs have been swept and brushed with regular brooms and brushes. The vacuum cleaner with a beater bar was invented for broadloom/wall-to-wall carpet, and can seriously damage area rugs over time.
►Rotateyour rugs 1-2 times a year for an even wear and fading from the sun.
►Rug Cleaning. Have your rugs hand washed every 3-5 years by a professional, like Terry. Even if not walked on regularly, rugs still need to be refreshed and have their matted down/squashed fibres restored. REMEMBER:Dry CleaningandSteam Cleaning have, in many occasions, shown to be harmful to natural fibers such as wool, silk and cotton. The best method is Hand Washing by professionals.
Note: Oriental rugs can be used in your home or office as well as in areas where traffic is very high. Although these rugs can withstand such abuse, they will certainly last longer with just a little care.