Rotate Your Rugs
The rug experts at J. Namnoun suggest that you rotate your rugs at least once a year. This
means turning the rug 180 degrees. This helps the rug to wear more evenly. Sunlight can
cause fading, traffic patterns can cause uneven wear, and rug cleaning just can’t undo
that. So, rotate your rugs and avoid excessive fading or deterioration.
Vacuum Your Rugs
Vacuuming is an essential part of rug cleaning for most rugs because dirt and sand act as
abrasives and can damage or break down the fibers of your rug. Vacuum rugs by going
over them in both directions, especially on rugs with a traffic pattern. This will help
Professional Rug Cleaning
The services of a professional rug cleaner (J.Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery) should be
utilized periodically to ensure your rugs get a complete and thorough hand cleaning to
help keep them at their best. A professional will know the best cleaning methods for the
different types of rugs. It is highly recommended to always let a professional clean many
types of rugs such as machine made, hand-made, new and old. Here’s a practical rule
of thumb to keep in mind: The more valuable or sentimental a rug is or the more fragile it
may be, the more you should be inclined to have the rug professionally cleaned.
Does Your Rug Need Cleaning?
There are signs that let you know if your rug needs to be cleaned. Take a plain white towel and dampen it and then rub it across the surface of the rug. If the towel becomes soiled, you’ll know that the rug
needs to be cleaned. Lift a corner of the rug and if dirt comes out when you slap the rug with
the back of your hand, it’s time for a good cleaning. Look at the foundation of the rug by gently pulling the fibers apart and if you see dirt in the warp and weft threads of the foundation, then a good
rug cleaning is needed.
Accidents Happen! What should you do?
It’s best to take care of them right away. Usually, quick action and a few simple steps are
all you need to take care of a spill. Time is of the essence when there is a spill on a rug.
Many wool rugs have “lanolin” in them which is a natural oil to protect the wool. This
helps by repelling a lot of liquids giving you a few minutes to start taking action. Most
liquids can be blotted with a plain white paper towel if done before the liquid has a
chance to be absorbed into the rug. Liquids such as red wine, orange soda, etc that can
stain the wool, we recommend blotting up as much as you can with a white towel and use
club soda to dilute the spill.
If the spill has not come out entirely, call J. Namnoun’s immediately.
Do not use a rubbing or scrubbing motion, as that will spread the liquid
and/or cause pile distortion. Food spills that are solid or semi-solid (things like peanut butter, jelly, fruit or ice cream) can be picked up with a spoon or the edge of a blunt knife. The remaining stain can be removed using club soda and white paper to blot and
absorb the moisture.
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