Several of you have asked me advise on the care and cleaning of carpets and area rugs. Since I'm not an expert in this field, I'm going to give you the tips right out of the "Care and Cleaning" brochure provided by Capel Incorporated. You can find still more information at: www.capelrugs.com. I have followed these care tips and carpet suggestions myself and have been very pleased with the wear of both.
Per Capel brochure -
"The first recommendation we offer is that you purchase a safety pad to put underneath your rug. Use a Capel safety pad under the entire area of your rug to prevent slipping, which can cause premature wear. A rug pad will help your rug maintain its original appearance longer by cushioning the impact of traffic and prevent color transfer to the underlying surface. We manufacture three different types of safety padding for use with rugs on any surface. All are machine washable and guaranreed for ten years. Check www.CapelRugs.com for sizes and prices.
Rotate your rug periodically to prevent uneven wear. Reversible rugs should be reversed periodically for maximum use. Rotating and reversing will prolong the life of your rug by evenly distributing wear factors like foot traffic and sunlight to all sides of the rug.
During initial use, excess yarns may work their way to the surface of the rug. "Sprouting" is normal and does not affect the durability of your new rug. Clip the sprouts off at their base with scissor. Do not pull the yarn out as this could cause damage to the rug.
Vacuuming is essential and the best way to remove everyday dirt and dust. (Use a strong vacuum cleaner with the correct brush height, and use special care with the fringe, causing separation.) Do not shake or beat the rug as this could result in damage to the rug. Vacuuming two or three times weekly during the first year after bringing home your rug will eliminate the excess fuzz that accumulates on the rug's surface.
Finally, send your rug to a reputable professional cleaner when necessary. Be sure to inspect your rug with the cleaner for existing stains and damage before it is cleaned, and verify that the proper cleaning agents will be used."
In a future post I will give some "spot cleaning" tips from the same brochure.
I also want to add that I have purchased many rugs from Capel for myself and for clients. We have used their pads and followed these guidelines with excellent results.
An area rug can be one of the best investments you can make to create a beautiful room. After designing a room, or possibly a whole house, around a rug - using the colors and patterns throughout in various accessories - you don't want to have a rug fall apart requiring a whole new redo. That most certainly would not be a wise investment or a "green" design.
Far too much of our landfill is caused by the construction and building industry. The care and cleaning of a rug should be higher on the maintenance radar than most people place it.
I hope this helps you better understand the need for proper care of your rug purchase including the need for the correct pad. The two go hand-in-hand for long-lasting beauty.