Clean stone regularly after wear and wipe up any spills immediately. Never use abrasives, acidic or oven cleaners. Always use a cutting board over stone countertops. Use coasters or trivets underneath drinks and hot items. Protect stone floors with runners and mats.
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.