RUG CARE MUST HAVES:
- White terrycloth towels
- Small bowls and sponge
- Club soda
- White vinegar and cool water (50/50)
- Soft brush (not too stiff)
- Hair dryer
RUG CARE MUST NEVER DO: (Risk of color loss, discoloration, permanent yellowing, fiber damage and dye bleeding.)
Do NOT use on oriental and area rugs (wool/silk/cotton): Folex, Resolve, Oxyclean, Simple Green, Woolite, Salt, Baking Soda, or Bleach.
RUG CARE “FUGITIVE” DYE TEST:
- Run HOT WATER from the faucet, and wet a portion of a white TOWEL.
- Wring the excess out so it is DAMP but not wet.
- BEND open an area of the rug with “suspect” colors that may be fugitive.
- Press the damp towel INSIDE the fibers (not just on the surface tips).
- HOLD STILL for 10-15 seconds. (If you move you may move dye.)
- Remove towel and see if there has been any color transfer.
- If there has been color transfer – the dyes are FUGITIVE.
Food & Drink Spills (Dyes are colorfast)
- SPOON up solids, or VACUUM up dry pieces.
- If stain remains, use sponge to dampen the spill area with CLUB SODA.
- BLOT area with cotton TOWEL (do not rub).
- BLOT until spill stops transferring to the TOWEL.
- Place a folded towel UNDER and OVER the spill area to sandwich it.
- Stand on the sandwich to help excess moisture to wick out.
- Use HAIR DRYER (on cool setting) to dry and groom the nap with the BRUSH.
- Prop area up for several hours so that the inside fibers dry completely.
Food & Drink Spills (Dyes are fugitive)
Same steps as above EXCEPT substitute VINEGAR and WATER for the CLUB SODA
Credit: Lisa Wagner
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