Area Rugs & Upholstery Care
Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.
• Washing rugs — If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
• Beating larger rugs — If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and take it to a professional rug cleaner. Save time and aggravation by calling first to see if the cleaner does rug cleaning — many do not.
• Vacuuming area rugs — Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
• Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs — Clean imported rugs according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or bring in a professional cleaning service. Be gentle with fringe. For heirloom-type rugs, you need professionals.
How to Care for Your Oriental Rug
• Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
• Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
• Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
Your Oriental Rugs Will Last Longer with a Quality Rug Pad
To order a custom cut or ready to install rug pad, call our office at 847-639-6611
Spot and Spill Procedures
Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.
• First, soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or rub the stain.
• Then spot-clean with a mild detergent-white vinegar-water solution. Do not over wet.
• Rinse area thoroughly with water and a small amount of vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing
• Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed
• Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process.
• For stains that do not come out using these methods, ask our cleaning specialists.
One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is dropped or spilled, and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand are of the utmost importance. We recommend a “WoolClean Spot Removal Kit,” which can be purchased from Wools of New Zealand Partner Retailer. Call 800-367-0462 or check the Wools website at www.woolsnz.com for the Partner Retailer nearest you.
Frequent vacuuming is a wool carpet’s best friend.
• An upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile carpet. A suction-only vacuum may be required for loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing. Vacuum cleaner dust bag should be emptied when half full.
• Exercise prevention maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become dirty. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
• Periodically clean traffic lanes and the areas in front of frequently used chairs with an absorbent powder (such as Host®, Dri-Matic® or Capture®).
• Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.
Consistent care is important. Routine, day-to-day upholstery maintenance should include:
• Thorough vacuuming using the appropriate machine attachment to remove dust and lint
• Turning and rotating movable cushions to help equalize soiling and wear
• Remove spills promptly by removing the staining matter from the fabric surface. Delays or faulty attempts at spot removal can result in permanent stains or other permanent damage to the fabric.
• Have professionally cleaned at least once every 2 years in order to remove the abrasive harsh dust particles that weaken the tensile strength of the upholstery fibers
Call JNR at 888-639-6611 for additional advice by phone.