Your Oriental rug is a pre-eminent example of combined art, durability, and creativity and deserves the same care and attention you would devote to a fine piece of furniture. Your efforts will be rewarded time and time again through years of lasting satisfaction with the unique beauty of your oriental carpet.
Vacuum regularly; at least once a week. Regular vacuuming will help remove destructive grit that is tracked on the surface and sifts through the wool fibers to the foundation of the rug. Occasionally, you should vacuum the back of the rug to draw out the very short, light absorbing bits of yarn that can otherwise dull the luster of the carpet.
Rotate your rug frequently to allow for equal wear and exposure to sunlight. In high traffic areas, we recommend doing this once a year.
Wet clean as required; generally not more than every ten years, preferably by a professional carpet cleaner. Professional cleaning will remove the grit and dirt that becomes deeply embedded as well as the surface soiling that dulls the appearance of the carpet. Cleaning should be done only by a professional cleaning service that specializes in oriental rugs, and not by a commercial cleaner unfamiliar with a hand-woven product.
Cope with stains immediately. Whenever possible, clean a spill before it has a chance to set. First, scrape up any solid dirt or blot up excess liquid with a paper or cloth towel. Depending on the type of spill, a simple variety of household solutions may be used. Specific stain treatments, as supplied by The Wool Bureau, are as follows:
Detergent Solution: One teaspoon clear dish washing soap in one-cup warm water.
Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia in 1/2-cup water.
Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3-cup water.
Solvent: A dry-cleaning solvent (available at hardware and grocery stores.)
1. Do it fast.
2. Blot up excess spills with paper towels. DO NOT RUB.
3. Apply antidote from the preceding list. with a clean dry cloth, working from edges to center. DO NOT SOAK.
4. Blot excess antidote with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair dryer.
5. Restore direction of pile with clothes brush.
It is important to test any cleaning or protection product in an inconspicuous area before using. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using any product on your Stickley Audi & Co. furniture or rug. Always apply care products in the same direction as the wood grain, not across it or in circles, to avoid leaving visible streaking or scratching. For answers to your specific care questions, you may contact the craftspeople at L. & J.G. Stickley via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.