Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar. The aggressive rotating motion of the beater bar may wear away at the fabric of the rug, causing fraying and discoloration over time.
Vacuum the back of your rug once a year, or have it professionally cleaned.
Rotate for Even Wear
Rotate your rug 180 degrees each year to promote even wear:
Rotating discourages the appearance of traffic patterns and prevents uneven softening of color due to UV exposure.
You can fluff depressions left by furniture when the rug has turned:
Spritz the depressed area with water.
Allow time to soak in, then work the fibers gently with your fingers to loosen them.
If the depression persists, cover the spot with a damp cloth and hold a steam iron over the cloth.
Do not touch the fabric of the rug with the hot iron as this could leave a burn mark on the wool.
Stain & UV Treatment
Sheep’s wool is naturally resistant to staining. The same qualities that help keep a sheep warm and dry on a rainy night in the pasture prevent spills from immediately soaking into the fibers of the rug. In most cases, prompt appropriate spot treatment will succeed in preventing a stain.
For rugs with exposed cotton or linen fibers, or if your rug will be placed in a high-traffic area or an area with increased probability of spills, you may want to consider applying a stain treatment. Montagne Handwoven does not provide stain treatment, but we will be happy to connect you with a qualified rug cleaner who can provide this service and coordinate treatment prior to delivery.
Professional cleaning is a part of long term care for your rug. You may wish to have your rug cleaned professionally every several years to prevent gradual buildup of dust and keep your rug looking fresh. In the Atlanta area, we recommend S&S Rug Cleaners, specializing in oriental, handmade and luxury carpets.
Fresh Wet Stains
Wet the affected area generously with plain cold water, or with a weak solution of water and clear dish detergent.
Blot with a clean white towel to remove all moisture. Do not scrub, this could fray the wool or press the stain deeper into the fibers.
Repeat the wetting and blotting until all the discolored liquid has been lifted.
Rinse by blotting with cold clean water, then pat dry with a fresh towel.
For tracked dirt or other solids, first sweep away as much of the solid as possible with a dry cloth or broom.
Once the area has been cleared as well as possible, begin to wet it cautiously with water. Blot with a clean towel to continue to lift particles upward rather than washing them into the rug.
Finish with a more generous application of plain water or water-detergent solution, as when treating a fresh wet stain, then blot, rinse, and pat dry, as above.
For a stain that has dried, first scrape off any any surface debris with a butter knife, scissors, or your fingernails.
Moisten with a weak water-detergent solution, blot, and repeat.
Rinse with cold clean water and pat dry with a fresh towel.
For stubborn stains, such as old or oil-based stains, refer to a professional cleaner experienced in handmade, oriental, or luxury carpets. In the Southeast, we recommend S&S Rug Cleaners of Atlanta.
Always store your Montagne Handwoven rug rolled (never folded!), with the underside of the rug on the outside of the roll.
Thoroughly vacuum your rug and treat any existing stains before storing.
Avoid stacking boxes or other heavy objects atop your stored rug.