rug care


general care

Turn rugs once or twice a year to even out wear caused by foot traffic or sun exposure.Vacuum frequently, but be mindful of vacuum height and brush roller. Use a stiff brush to remove pet hair, and brush in the same direction as the nap of the rug. Shake and beat small area rugs to remove dust and dirt.



To remove various types of stains, use a household solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart warm water and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Check rug label, if any, to ensure water may be used.


woven or braided

Look for any stitching breaks before and after cleaning. Sponge commercial carpet-cleaning foam over the surface and rub it in according to label directions. Rinse or vacuum and dry thoroughly before placing rug back in its location.


handmade, antique and oriental rugs

Learn as much as you can from the seller about the rug’s fiber content and construction. It’s best to have these rugs professionally cleaned once a year. To vacuum, place nylon screen on rug and vacuum overtop, or tie a piece of nylon mesh over vacuum chamber.


coir, sisal, rush and grass rugs

Dirt can sift through these, so be sure to vacuum floor beneath. Remove stains with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse with clean water then place a towel over wet area to dry. 


fur, sheepskin and hair-on hide rugs

Shake unscented talcum powder on rug and leave on for several hours. Brush powder through the hair then shake out. Repeat process several times depending on length of fur. To clean the back, use a cotton cloth dipped in warm soapy water to wipe off any stains.