Specialty Rug Care

If you have invested in a rare or antique rug, you may have faced concerns about the best way to clean it without causing any damage. Maintenance for these items may be a bit more specialized than across-the-board carpet care, but it is not as complex as you might think.

Easy steps for care of your specialty rug

  • Tailor your cleaning method according to the main fiber that the rug is made out of. You can find out what type of fiber the rug is made from by reading the tag on the rug. If in doubt, call the retailer or distributor who sold it to you. In addition to regular vacuuming, occasional professional cleaning, and rotating your rug (good rules of thumb for any type of fiber), you can clean based on various fiber types:
  • Woven rugs can sometimes warp or shrink when exposed to moisture, so dry cleaning is the recommended method.
  • Cotton rugs should also be cleaned in a manner that uses minimal moisture, as they dry slowly and can develop mold and mildew. If you clean with a small amount of moisture, be sure to accelerate the drying process using a fan or drying equipment. Avoid cleaning products that contain too much alkalinity.
  • When cleaning cellulosic rugs (rugs made from plant fibers) such as sisal, jute and rayon, you can use many of the same methods applied to cotton rugs. A low-moisture technique is paramount to avoid browning.
  • Nylon, polyester, and olefin rugs are more durable than other types of rugs and can be cleaned using a wider variety of cleaning products and methods. Avoid oily cleaning solutions with olefin and polyester rugs, however, because these fibers absorb oils more readily than nylon.
  • When cleaning any type of rug, it is always wise to spot test the cleaner on a small portion of the rug and make sure your cleaner is not causing the dye to bleed.