Rug & Runner Care


People often ask how to take care of a handwoven piece. Here are some basics:

Using a rug on the floor

My rugs are made to be used on the floor. Using it on the floor actually binds the fibers together making it stronger.

  • Use a pad under the rug to prevent slipping and wear
  • Since the rug is the same on both sides, turn it often so it gets even wear
  • Regular cleaning can be done by sweeping with a broom or using a light powered vacuum (no beater bar)
  • If something spills on the rug, since it is wool it will naturally repel liquid for a short amount of time. Soak up the liquid as soon as possible. If it stains, take it to a rug cleaner that has worked with handmade rugs. Services that clean oriental rugs, kilims etc. are familiar with the proper way to clean a handwoven rug
  • Check often for insect damage. Insects that might invade the wool fibers like dark places, so turning it often and airing it out once in a while will deter them. If you find damage, its best to make repairs right away
  • If the rug is small enough, you can roll it up and put in a plastic bag and put a freezer. This will kill the insects. Take it out, bring to room temperature, vacuum the rug and then repeat the freezing to kill any newly hatched insects
  • When storing your rug, roll it up, never fold, and wrap in the canvas I provided when purchased
  • Try to keep the rug out of direct, bright sunlight to decrease fading.

Using a runner on the table

My runners can be used on your dinning table, side table, or decorate any table surface you like.

  • Since the runner is the same on both sides, turn it often so it gets even wear
  • Regular cleaning can be done by brushing with a garment brush. I like to use a lint brush pet hair remover. It cleans off surface dust and lint without agitating the fibers too much
  • Vacuum lightly with a brush tool attachment
  • If something spills on it, since it is wool it will naturally repel liquid for a short amount of time. Soak up the liquid as soon as possible. If it stains, take it to a dry cleaner that has worked with handmade rugs. Services that clean oriental rugs, kilims etc. are familiar with the proper way to clean a handwoven piece.

Hanging a rug or runner on the wall

  • All of the above applies plus, remove it from the wall and check the back for insect damage. Remember, they like dark places.
  • Also vacuum as above often.

Contact me directly if you have any questions about repairing one of my rugs.

Sometimes people ask me about repairing their antique Navajo rugs. I’m not an expert in that area but below is a link to Penelope Starr who specialize in rug repair. I haven’t used her personally but if you need to repair an antique rug you can reach her through her web site and talk with her about what your needs are.

Penelope Starr
www.navajorugrestoration.net

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