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Following are some tips on how to care for your rug, so that you may continue to enjoy your rug for many years to come.
CLEANING AND CARING
VACUUM YOUR RUG ON A REGULAR BASIS AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
Every second month do a more thorough cleaning of your rug, vacuuming both the front and back side and flipping it back over again to vacuum the front a second time. Remember to fully clean the surface where the rug is laid out, and only put the rug down once the floor is completely dry.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT use a brush on the vacuum cleaner as this will damage the rug.
Please use proffessional cleaners for your mohair rug. For Danish clients we suggest contacting www.renseriet.dk, your rug should get "Flat-wash NO BRUSH".
It is VERY important for the vacuuming to be gentle and with no friction. Use the largest attachment tool on the vacuum hose so that the amount of suction is not very strong and make sure the attachment doesn't have any kind of brush. If your vacuum cleaner only comes with a brush attachment, we suggest you buy an additional accessory tool without bristles.
It is essential that every one involved with cleaning the house understands the proper way to vacuum and clean your pure mohair rug.
ATTENTION - Brushing, sweeping and using a broom or applying the vacuum hose directly to the rug can cause the rug fibers to start pilling, where the strands get tangled and frizzy and lint start to form.
SOME LINT DURING THE FIRST WEEKS
Your rug may produce some lint during the first weeks. This is completely normal for this type of textile and is quite characteristic of handcrafted rugs.
As time goes by and depending on how you use your rug, it's likely that there will be fibers that will come loose causing some pilling. If you do not like this natural look, you have the option to cut the rug with scissors in a very careful manner not to damage the structure of the weave.
You have the option to use a non-slip pad under your handmade rug. The non-slip pad, a mesh mat that is laid on the floor and simply placed underneath the rug without the need to stick it or sew it to the rug, can be used for the following reasons:
It secures your rug to the floor and prevents it from moving, providing more safety for everyday use.
It protects the rug from the weight of furniture and provides added thickness.
It helps to keep the rug clean as dust and sand (which are abrasive and harmful to the fibers) pass through the weave and settle onto the floor underneath.
Never place a non-slip pad or rug on top of floors that have been recently treated (e.g. flooring that has been laminated or polished, smoothed cement etc.)
LAYING THE RUG
Unfold the rug and lay it out in the space where it will be located.
Your rug may have creases in the spots where is was folded. Once it is fully laid out and over a period of time, the weave will settle down and the creases will disappear. To speed up this process, fold the rug along the same creases, but in the opposite direction, and apply a little pressure.
Roll up the rug and set it aside.
Carefully clean the floor where the rug will be laid out. Wait until the surface is totally dry.
Place the non-slip pad (we suggest you use masking tape or another kind of tape to secure the pad while laying the rug and removing the tape when done).
Carefully rest the rolled up rug at one end of the none-slip pad.
Unroll the rug slowly so that the non-slip pad does not crumple up, which would cause folds or wrinkles in the rug itself.
With a pair of scissors, carefully trim any exposed edges of the non-slip pad that are peeking out along the edges of the rug.
ROTATE AND FLIP THE RUG
We suggest that you occasionally rotate and flip your rug so that it maintains an even and balanced appearance.
Due to the nature of rugs woven by hand on a loom, some mohair strands may stick out. These can be carefully trimmed down with scissors or hidden inside the rug's structure by using a crochet needle.
NO STAIN REPELLENT
Do not apply any stain-resistant products to your handcrafted rug. Please use proffessional cleaners for your mohair rug. For Danish clients we suggest contacting www.renseriet.dk, your rug should get "Flat-wash NO BRUSH".
If you are going to store your rug for a period of time, it is important that it first be cleaned with all stains removed and then placed in a dry, well-ventilated location. We also suggest that you include anti-moth products with your rug (lavender bunches or black peppercorns in small oganza pouches can be helpful). Do not store rug in plastic.
Never wash your rug in the washing mashine or by hand. This can cause your rug to lose its shape or cause the colours to change. Please use
The first thing you should do is react quickly to prevent the stain from drying.
Liquid stain - if the stain was caused by any kind of liquid, use white paper towels, or a white cloth, going from the edges towards the center of the rug so that the stain doesn't spread.
Solid stain - use a spoon to scrape off and remove any solid stains.
(Red wine, white wine, soda, milk, juice, beer, coffee, tea, blood , urine etc.)
Absorb the liquid quickly with paper towels or a cloth.
Apply a solution of warm water, liquid soap and white vinegar with a damp sponge and then clean it with a clean white cloth.
Repeat these steps as many times as is neccesarry and if stain persists we suggest a professional cleaning.
(Oils, grease, ice cream, mayonnaise, sauces, dressing etc.)
If there is any liquid, absorb it with paper towels or cloth, and use a spoon to quickly remove any solid residue.
Apply a solution of warm water and liquid detergent for woolens with a damp sponge and then clean it with a clean white cloth.
Repeat these steps as many times as necessary and if stain persists we suggest a professional cleaning.
Lay a white paper towel over the stain and rest a hot iron on top of the towel.
The paper will absorb the wax.
Repeat this, changing the paper until it no longer shows wax.
You can then use the same solution of liquid detergent for woolens and warm water that we suggest for oil-based stains.
PILLING AFTER HOUSEHOLD STAIN REMOVAL
The friction caused while manually removing a stain will very likely cause some pilling (lint from fibers being raised), which can be easily removed by shaving the area with a hair or beard trimmer, in which case you would need to trim flush with the rug in a very careful manner to not damage the structure of weave.
PRODUCTS THAT CAUSE DEEP STAINS
Products such as paint, nail polish, shoe polish, lipstick or glue will not respond well to these routine cleaning procedure that can be performed at home, amd if you attempt to clean these kinds of stains, you might end up causing th stain to spred or permanentl set into the rug. Under these circumstances, we advise you to consult a rug cleaning specialist.