Your oriental rug from Stickley is a work of hand-crafted art that literally gets walked all over every day. But don't worry... Stickley rugs are constructed to maintain their beauty for generations with surprisingly little care.
Regular (weekly) vacuuming is the best care you can provide for your oriental rug. Vacuuming removes the dirt and grit that can sift down into the foundation of the rug and damage the fibers over time. Wet cleaning should only be done as needed, generally no more than every two or three years, and should be performed by a professional cleaning service that specializes in hand-knotted oriental rugs.
Stickley has introduced a new rug cleaning product called Stickley Rug Cleaning Solution, which is non-toxic to family and pets and easy to use for spot removal. Always test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area before using, and follow manufacturer's instructions carefully.
The wool used for our Tibetan rugs is from Tibetan Highland Sheep. The wool from these hardy animals can grow up to eight inches long. We feel this is the finest and longest lasting wool for our hand-knotted rugs. One of the characteristics of Tibetan rugs is a period of "shedding" when first used. This is a temporary process, and completely natural. Frequent vacuuming will help. If you have a specific care question about your Stickley Designer Rug, please contact our craftspeople at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Vacuum frequently.
2. When any spills occur, blot the liquid as soon as possible. The idea is to lift the soil or liquid; not push it into the pile of the area rug.
3. When there is a noticeable spot or residue, apply a modest amount of carbonated water and blot the liquid.
4. If a spot remains, use small amount of mild liquid soap; apply a modest amount of carbonated water and blot with a lifting motion.Repeat if needed.
5. If a spot still remains, we will happily recommend a certified hand-made carpet cleaning and repair company.
We recommend your hand-made area rugs be hand washed every three to six years depending on the amount of foot traffic. Hand-made area rugs should not be steam cleaned. Heat strong detergents, and spotting chemicals used in steam cleaning can cause damage resulting in color run and a decreased life span of your textile.
Carpet pads extend the life of your oriental rug by cushioning foot traffic. Pads also provide slip protection and work as a barrier for liquid spills thereby preserving hard wood floors.
Weekly vacuuming is recommended to lessen the build-up of dirt particles that harm carpet fibers. When using a beater bar style vacuum avoid vacuuming fringes. Suction only vacuums lessen the possibility of fringe damage, but do not remove soil as thoroughly.
Blot, never scrub spots on a rug. Scrubbing can damage the nap on a carpet. Test all spotting products in an inconspicuous area first and look for color change. If the color bleeds or you are unsure how to proceed, consult a professional.
Remove as much of the spill as possible before adding spotting products. Work from the outer edges of a spot to the center. Never saturate a spotting area with a liquid. Only spot with small amounts of cleaning products. Drying small areas can be accomplished with a hair dryer with the heat setting off.
Vinegar solution: 1-2 tablespoons to a cup of cold water
Ammonia solution: 1-3 teaspoons to a cup of cold water
Dry cleaning solvent: Use straight out of the bottle (Available at most grocery stores.)
Mild detergent solution: 2-6 drops to a cup of cold water
Recommended detergent: Renaissance Oriental Rug Spotter, Bio-Clean all purpose cleaner, Planet Detergent, Seventh Generation
Beer - Use mild detergent followed by rinsing with vinegar solution, rinse with water
Blood - Blot with ammonia solution followed by vinegar solution, rinse with water
Candle wax - scrape excess off, cover area with paper and iron on low setting, then spot with dry solvent.
Chocolate - spot with dry cleaning solvent and let dry, apply mild detergent, rise with water.
Coffee - Blot with mild detergent and rinse with water.
Egg - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Fingernail polish - Blot with dry cleaning solvent
Fruit juices, jam & jelly - Blot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Grease - Spot with dry cleaning solvent, spot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Gum - Scrape off excess and apply dry cleaning solvent, apply mild detergent if needed and rinse with water.
Ink - Spot with dry cleaning solvent, spot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Milk - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with vinegar solution, rinse with water, spot with dry cleaning solvent if needed
Paint - Apply dry cleaning solvent followed by mild detergent, rinse with water
Soft drinks - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Soot - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with water, if not removed, spot with dry cleaning fluid
Tea - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with water
Urine - Spot with mild detergent, rinse with vinegar solution, and rinse with water, repeat process if needed
Vomit - Spot with mild detergent, vinegar solution, rinse with water
Wine - Fresh wine spills use white wine to spot followed by mild detergent and rinse with water.
Due to the uniqueness of hand-made area rugs, and the degree of expertise with which these spotting instructions may be used, Sheffield Furniture & Interiors assumes no responsibility related to the use of this information. All responsibility rests with the user.