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Rugs Care

The proper technique in cleaning your rug will vary greatly depending on the material and texture of the rug. We’ve listed a series of recommendations below for various types of rugs. These are only suggestions, and because stains are affected by a number of different conditions, Azarahome cannot guarantee stain removal. If in doubt, please consult a professional rug cleaning service.

Wool Rugs

There’s nothing like the softness, warmth and color that hand woven and hand-tufted rugs bring to a room. Our collection of rug designs features modern neutrals, traditional designs, artistic graphics and sculpted dimensional in plush 100% wool. The upkeep is minimal, too. Wool is naturally stain-resistant thanks to natural oils that prevent dirt from adhering to the yarn. Wool can stand up to traffic and is comfortable on your feet. It’s perfect for families with an active schedule or little ones running around. And because wool is a durable fibre that springs back, it’s a practical choice for high-traffic areas.

To care for the rug, vacuum it regularly. For the first two to three months, additional vacuuming without the beater bar turned on may be necessary to manage the normal shedding that occurs. If a little one spills a cup of juice or a pet has an accident, blot the spill immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Avoid using cleaning solvents or scrubbing excessively to keep the rug’s texture intact. For the best results, periodic professional cleaning can restore rugs to their original appearance. Shag rugs will continue to shed for their entire life—cut the rugs’ loose tufts to keep the rug looking fresh. To avoid any abrasions, consistently rotate the rug and avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Consider placing the textile over a rug pad to keep its foundation good as new.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Our natural fiber rugs bring an organic look and neutral texture in a flat weave to any setting. They’re a natural choice for adding a casual look to classic living and family rooms, or a relaxed kickback feel to the weekend cottage. Our collection is woven in interesting patterns by craftsmen mostly from rural India, whose rug weaving skills have been handed down for generations. Our fiber rugs are hand-woven or loomed from a variety of all-natural plants such as jute and coconut. Many of these types of rugs are backed with latex for cushioning and stability, and to extend the life of the rug.

To care for the rug, vacuum regularly. Immediately blot accidental spills with a clean, absorbent white cloth. For a more precise spot clean, use a dry extraction powder that removes hard-to-remove marks. To recreate a brand new rug’s finish, professional dry extraction cleaning services provide pristine cleans. Natural fibers are quite absorbent and can shrink and expand with changes in humidity—these are intended for indoor use only. To keep the original shape, we recommend avoiding placing these in humid rooms, such as the bathroom. Avoid wear and tear by keeping the rug out of direct sunlight and periodically rotating it to reduce abrasions.

Hair-on-Hide Rugs

Handcrafted & tastefully done by our skilled artisans, hair-on-hide rugs create an organic and contemporary look with natural texture. This type of rug showcases a sophisticated color palette that can fit various home aesthetics. Using cutting edge technology, each rug is constructed from animal hide to create an eye-catching pattern. Individual pieces are then stitched together, glued to a cotton-latex backing and finally stitched on all four sides.

To vacuum the rug, set the vacuum on the lowest pile setting and carefully glide over it. Avoid wear and tear by keeping the rug out of wet or humid areas like bathrooms and periodically keep rotating it to reduce abrasions. Avoid using the rug in damp places and high traffic areas.

Cotton Rugs

Bringing a breath of fresh air into a room, cotton rugs provide a room with sleek decor without breaking the budget. Whether it’s by an entryway, in front of the kitchen sink, on a bathroom floor or in the den, the rug provides the home with an abundance of useful opportunities.

From solid colors to geometric patterns, our soft cotton rugs are hand-woven on traditional looms for an authentic finish. Look for the machine-washable label on smaller rugs for an effortless clean. To wash larger sized rugs, opt for industrial-sized washers or dry cleaning for a crisp finish. Avoid unwanted fading by placing a cotton rug in shaded areas of the home, avoiding direct sunlight.

Silk and Viscose Rugs

Silk and viscose are very soft, easy to dye and absorbent materials. They are highly versatile but they are not very durable on their own. They work well in a combination with wool. Their fibers create depth and give rugs a beautiful sheen. To clean a silk carpet we recommend dry cleaning, silk carpets tolerate it well. Regular vacuuming of the whole rug should take place even when the rug does not look particularly dirty. Areas where heavy foot traffic is directed through fairly restricted zones such as doorways, entrances and at the edges of the rug where it joins hard floors require special attention. Too harsh treatment may affect the unique properties of silk carpet, so it is recommended to use medium hardness nylon cloth or brush with a soft bristle. Wet spillages should be mopped up immediately with a mixture of water and vinegar.  Most spillages respond well to immediate treatment, thereby preventing permanent staining.

For a Viscose rug white vinegar or mild dish soap can also be called in as reinforcements when the stain is particularly stubborn. For the cleaning solution, combine one-part vinegar or dish soap with one-part cold water. Do not pour the solution directly onto the rug stain. Oversaturation can weaken viscose fibers. Instead, use a spray bottle to lightly mist the spot then blot dry with a clean white cloth. This will help to keep the viscose fibers safe from hardening, preserving its luxurious texture.

Jute and Sisal rugs

Jute rugs are a stylish, durable, and sustainable option for your home or hospitality space. The construction of these rugs allows for textures and weaves that other types of fiber normally cannot achieve. Jute and sisal are a good alternative if someone has a wool allergy and they are very durable too.

Keep in mind that rugs of these materials are more coarse and rough on your feet compared to wool or cotton rugs. They also will absorb moisture, making it difficult to remove stains. Regular vacuuming is the best way to care for your jute rug. Although the need may not be visible, frequent and regular vacuuming will increase your jute rug’s life by preventing soil build-up. It will also help eliminate stains caused when spilled liquids dissolve and soil accumulates. Visible, loose dirt should be vacuumed with a strong suction vacuum. No matter what comes in contact with your jute rug, it’s important to control the amount of moisture it encounters as best you can — especially during cleaning. You should never steam clean, use wet shampoo, or wash your jute rug — and don’t use any other method that involves water saturation on a natural fiber rug, either. Spot cleaning is the best way to clean any liquid spill on your rug. Press firmly into your rug with clean, white paper or cloth towels immediately after the spill takes place, working from the outside of the spill inward to avoid spreading. Continue blotting until no moisture transfers to the towel and do not rub.

Olefin/PET Yarn Rugs

Olefin (polypropylene) is the most popular manufactured fiber used in rugs. It is soft like wool, stain-resistant, holds color well and is affordable. Due to its durability and ability to repel stains and moisture, olefin is often used in outdoor settings. These rugs are quite easy to wash, thanks to the remarkable properties of this beautiful plastic fiber. Firstly, they have excellent resistance against moisture and a good range of chemical compounds, including many acids and bases. Secondly, they have a superb quality of stain color retention. It means that you don’t have to worry about the fading away of their colors. Vacuum cleaning these rugs helps remove the dirt that clings with the fiber and sits in its base. But other kinds of stains such as the ones that come with mud, food spills, stain inks or paints, etc. need to be washed away with a lot more effort. Using pressure sprayer machines such as in a car wash may be more helpful, as the sheer pressure of water physically displaces the dirt particles with a significant amount of ease.

But if you do not have such a facility available at your home, it doesn’t mean you can’t clean your rug. If there is an option of choosing warm water, go for it. For tough spills put two spoonfuls of liquid dish detergent with one cup of cold water. Mix it thoroughly and then put it in a bucket that has not more than 4 liters of water. Ensure that the mixture shows up a fair amount of foam. Then take carpet cleaning brush such as a pile lifting brush that has two rows of stiff nylon tines to ensure even pile distribution. These are best suited for tall fibers or dense carpet pile, but you can choose a different brush if your carpet or rug is smaller or shallower. Soak the brush in the soapy water contained in the bucket and keep it for 10 seconds. Then brush up the carpet starting from one corner of it, moving up and down in a zig-zag manner until it is completely covered. Make sure that you’ve brushed up the entire rug with the foam of soap visible on the surface. That would mean that a suitable amount of cleaning fibers detergent is applied everywhere on your carpet.

Here comes the washing part back. It would be best if you hosed the rug with pressured sprayer again so that you can get rid of the most stubborn stains in less time. However, a regular household hose will do your work as well, so no worries if pressure sprayer isn’t available, but it will take more time. Remember, you must ensure that soap, detergent, or other applied materials flow out well, as their remains tend to attract more dust. In cases where you find yourself unsuccessful in removing certain stains this way, you can always hire a professional dry cleaner. The most stubborn stains are those that you forget to wash for a more extended period. Therefore, it’s advisable to remove the stains as quickly as possible.

Polyester Rugs

Polyester is a very durable manufactured fiber used in rugs. It is solution dyed and therefore very resistant to bleaching, fading and other wear and tear. However, polyester is difficult to dye, so colors and patterns are more limited. Polyester also is not oil-resistant. If oil-containing substances are left on the rug, they are likely to combine with the polyester fibers leaving permanent stains.

Scoop up solids and gently lift off as much of the foreign material as possible. Blot out as much liquid as possible, with absorbent white paper towel. Clean with appropriate cleaning agents and ensure you never apply detergent directly to a rug. Always test any detergent/cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of your rug first and if any damage is noticed from the cleaning product, the cleaning solution should not be used. Do not continue to use it if colour lifts off when blotted with a white paper towel or if a watermark remains on the rug from the cleaning product. Blot dry or dry using a cold air fan or hair dryer. Do not rub or scrub rugs as it can cause permanent pile damage/disruption.

General Care

Any coloured rug positioned in strong direct sunlight will be susceptible to fading, but you can reduce the risk by turning your rug end-to-end on a regular basis. Likewise, regularly changing the position of any furniture that sits on your rug will protect the carpet fibres from being crushed. As an extra precaution, cushion sharp chair and table legs with castor cups.

During the rug manufacturing process, occasional loose threads can sometimes occur. Rest assured this isn’t a sign of damage to your rug and is easily solved by simply snipping the thread to the desired height with a pair of scissors. Likewise, don’t be alarmed if you spot fluff or pilling on the surface of your rug; this is a natural result of yarn compression during the making of your rug. Vacuum regularly to remove it and the problem should settle over time.

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