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Cleaning & Care of
Your Oriental Rug
Stain Removal Index & Procedure
Acid ................4
Alcoholic Beverages .1
Ammonia or Alkali ...1
Beer ................5
Berries .............5
Bleach  .............1
Blood ...............4
Butter ..............2
Candy (sugar) .......1
Carbon Black ........2
Charcoal ............1
Chocolate, Cocoa ....1
Coffee ..............4
Cooking Oil .........2
Cosmetics ...........2
Crayon ..............2
Creme de Menthe .....3
Dye - Blue/Black ....3
Dye - Red ...........5
Egg .................2
Excrement ...........2
Fruit Juice .........5
Furniture Polish ....5
Hair Oil ............2
Hair Spray ..........2
Hand Lotion .........2
Ice Cream ...........2
Ketchup .............2
Lacquer .............2
Lard ................4
Lipstick ............1
Machine Oil .........2
Mayonnaise ..........2
Metal Polish ........1
Milk ................1
Mixed Drinks ........5
Mud .................1
Mustard .............5
Paint ...............2
Perfume .............1
Rust ................1
Salad Dressing ......2
Sauce ...............1
Shorttening .........2
Soft Drinks .........5
Soy Sauce ...........2
Starch ..............2
Tar .................2
Tea .................5
Tooth Paste .........1
Urine ...............5
Varnish .............2
Vaseline ............2
Vomit ...............2
Washable Ink ........1
Wine ................5
PROCEDURE 1 PROCEDURE 2 PROCEDURE 3 PROCEDURE 4 PROCEDURE 5
Detergent
Blot
Vinegar
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
Cleaning Fluid
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
Ammonia
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Vinegar
Blot
Ammonia
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Ammonia
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Ammonia
Blot
Vinegar
Blot
Detergent
Blot
Water
Blot
* These cleaning tips are merely suggestions. For professional advice, ask your dealer.

STAIN REMOVAL PROCEDURES
First, Scoop any solids and blot excess liquids immediately. Dilute water soluble spills (not oils) with plenty of water. Next, blot from the edge of the spill towards the center to prevent spreading. Avoid rubbing. Follow the procedures in the above chart to prevent or remove most stains. For old, dry, or stubborn stains, saturate and brush. Repeat this operation as often as necessary to remove the stain completely. For further advice, contact us. We will be glad to help.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINS
  1. Work Quickly.
  2. Blot up excess spills with paper towels. Do not rub.
  3. Apply antidote(s) as shown on list with a clean cloth working from edge to center.
  4. Do not soak.
  5. Pat with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair blower.
  6. Restore pile with clothes brush

STAIN REMOVAL PACKAGE
You must move quickly, so please keep a small container with the following items close:

  • Clean Cloths
  • Clothes Brush
  • Mild Detergent (no bleaches or alkalies)
  • White Vinegar
  • Dry Cleaning Fluid
  • Weak Ammonia (7% Solution)
  • Sponges
  • Alcohol
  • Glycerin

REMOVING INK
Saturate the spot with hairspray. Allow it to dry. Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar.

REMOVING CHEWING GUM
Press ice cubes in a plastic bag against spot. Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Use spot remover to remove last traces of the spot.

REMOVING WAX
Put a blotter or brown paper bag over the spot. Put hot iron over the blotter. Wait a few minutes until the wax is absorbed into the blotter. Repeat if necessary. Move the iron constantly and do not let it stay in one place.

RUG CARE

ORIENTAL RUGS FOR
GENERATIONS TO COME

For over 2,500 years, oriental rugs have been used in the East by nomads and villagers for warmth and beauty. More recently in the West, they have graced homes with their art and luxury, and complement any decor. An Oriental rug is a purchase for a lifetime and will last for many generations when properly maintained. The information contained in this website offers simple, basic advice for the protection and care of your investment.

THE WONDERS OF WOOL
Oriental rugs are generally made of wool and are easily and economically maintainable. Wool rugs are extremely durable and consistently out-perform other materials. Unlike other fibers, wool is much more resilient, cleans better, and stays clean longer.

VACUUMING
Perhaps the single most important thing you can do to preserve and maintain your rug is vacuum it on a regular basis to remove surface and embedded dirt and restore life to the fibers.

CLEANING
Depending on the amount of traffic, a professional washing is recommended every one to three years to protect and enhance 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.

PADDING
A quality rug pad will protect your rug from wear and add comfort by providing cushion between your rug and your hard floors and prevent accidents by keeping rugs from slipping or buckling. We will be happy to provide you with the correct padding.