Rug Care Tips
Wool area rugs have been known to last twenty to thirty years when they are woven
by a machine, while hand woven wool rugs can last up to many more years, sometimes for a
century. This is because of the individual threads of yarn that are looped on to warp threads and
knotted into place. It’s a very time consuming and exacting process. Some large hand knotted
rugs can take more than a year to produce.
Not only do hand woven wool rugs last longer, but also their appearance remains as new as when
you first bought it, if you take proper care of it and do professional cleaning. Do not use any
oxygen-based cleaners such as hydrogen peroxide or Oxy-clean, and similar products on wool.
Do not steam clean handmade rugs, as it will hurt it. Keep wool rugs out of direct sunlight as
much as possible as they will fade over time. Periodically, professional cleaning is recommended
for all wool rugs to bring back those bright and new looking colors.
There are so many different combinations of synthetics available these days.
All of them should be fairly dirt and stain resistant, and should look great with regular
vacuuming most synthetics as they dry very quickly and they don’t hold dirt as much as wool
rugs. Spills should be blotted immediately. Keep your rugs out of sunlight to avoid fading, and
periodic professional cleaning is always a great way to give the rug a longer and beautiful life.