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Rug Cleaning

Complete Spot Removal Guide

  • Act Quickly! Most rugs available today have been treated with a stain-resist treatment, so many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no rug is completely stain proof.
  • Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or or white paper toweling (no printing).
  • Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing may cause pile distortion in the affected area. Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon. Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed.
  • Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to be certain the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds. Examine the rug and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the rug. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.
  • Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth and work in gently.
  • Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot in order to absorb as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.
  • Continue using the first cleaning solution as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning solutions if the first solution removes the spill.
  • Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.
    A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to accelerate drying time.
    Many fiber manufacturers provide a toll-free cleaning assistance and advice (consult your warranty).

    Red Wine

    Dilute the red wine with white wine or club soda while still wet then clean the spot with *filtered water. Cover the wet area with table salt (which soaks up the liquids). Wait ten minutes before vacuuming the salt.

    (*Tap water contains minerals that can also stain. Keep a bottle of filtered water handy just for spot removal. Wet spots should be blotted, not rubbed. "Flour sack" cloths are sublime for blotting stains and are available at big box department stores).