Cleaning Area Rugs, How To Clean Braided Rugs
The way you clean everyday spills and stains from area rugs depends upon the fabric from which the rug is
woven. Here are some general guidelines:
Wool, Cotton, Acrylic and Rayon Rugs
- Blot - do not rub - any excess liquid spill before adding a cleaning solvent. Repeat: DO NOT RUB!
- Wool rugs should be cleaned with a neutral detergent and dried quickly. A good example of this is Dawn®
dishwashing liquid mixed with water.
- Do not use "oxy" cleaners on wool rugs. They will fade the dye in the rug.
- Be sure to quickly blot dry with a towel using pressure. Do not use heat or let it air-dry completely.
This will leave an odor.
- If an all-over cleaning is require we recommend professional steam cleaning by a dedicated rug-cleaning
service. Colors may show a slight change (no more than 5%) when cleaned. Darker tones are more
- For rugs with plush piles, do not use a dry powder cleaner. The cleaning residue will be difficult to
remove. Dry powder cleaners are OK to use on surface stains on low pile rugs.
- Do not use laundry detergents to clean wool rugs. The laundry detergent will leave a residue and alter
Synthetic Rugs - Olefin, Nylon, Rayon
- Synthetic rugs should be cleaned with a neutral detergent and dried quickly. A good example of this is
Dawn® dishwashing liquid mixed with water.
- It is OK to use “oxy” cleaners on synthetic rugs. Be sure to carefully follow the cleaner's
- Do not use laundry detergents to clean synthetic rugs. The laundry detergent will leave a residue and
alter color shades.
- Should only be cleaned using a dry cleaning process.
- Consult a reputable professional.
Natural / Plant Fibers - Jute, Sisal, Seagrass, Coir, Hemp
- Rugs made with natural / plant fibers should only be cleaned with a neutral detergent and dried quickly.
A good example of this is Dawn® dishwashing liquid mixed with water.
- Remember to dry quickly
- For liquid spills, dry both sides of your rug.
- For liquid spills with color (soft drink, juice, etc.), sprinkle baking soda or salt on the spot to
absorb the color. Leave for a few minutes and then vacuum.
- Neutralize pet odors by sprinkling a mixture of 1 cup Borax and 2 cups cornmeal. Allow to stand for an
hour before vacuuming. Many commercial cleaning products also work well to remove pet odors from rugs.
- We do not recommend using your vacuum's beater bar on any rug type. To get the most life out of
your rug, only use the vacuum’s suction.
damage to an area rug by improper use of the vacuum cleaner, non-recommended cleaners or
pets is specifically excluded from the manufacturer's warranty.
If you have any specific questions about the care or cleaning of your rug, please contact our Customer
Service Department by calling toll-free (888) 784-7655, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.