Rug Care and Design Tips

Discover effective ways to restore your area rug to its former splendor and maintain its beauty for years to come. At KUZU RUG in Palm Desert, CA, we share tips on how to remove different kinds of stains using common household products.

Furthermore, you can rely on us for ideas on how you can spruce up your home or office with area rugs. Simply give us a call for suggestions!

Vacuuming
Vacuum your rugs regularly to remove the soil and dust. Doing this can significantly increase the lifespan of your rug. Rotate your rugs once every year or two, so they will wear more evenly and maintain their original appearance longer.
 

Close-up of a woman hand-weaving a colorful rug

Padding
Use double-sided, felt-and-rubber padding. For hard surfaces, the felt goes up, and the rubber goes down. For carpet floors, use it upside down between the rug and carpet. Please get in touch with us if you wish to purchase this type of padding. We offer a free installation service.

Here are some benefits of using padding:

  • Hides irregularities in stone and tile floors
  • Makes vacuuming easier
  • Protects delicate rugs from heel punctures and heavy traffic stress
  • Provides a dense, firm base
  • Reduces puckering under furniture on carpeted floors

Stain Protector
We offer an easy-to-apply stain protector for your area rugs. It guarantees a lifetime of no stains and sun fading. Fill out our online form for more information.

Storage Tips
Before you pack a rug, make sure it is clean. It is best to have it cleaned by professionals.

Always use packaging that allows air to flow through. Never use plastic to avoid moisture damage.

For long-term storage, use puncture- and moisture-resistant materials like Tyvek. You may use brown paper if you are storing your rugs only for a few months. 

If possible, roll your rugs without folding. Store them elevated from the ground.

Size Guide
If you are wondering about what size of rug to use, we recommend that you read this wonderful editorial: 11 Area Rug Rules and How to Break Them. You may also contact us for a consultation.


Wool Rugs Stain Care

For any application listed in this section, we recommend that you test a small hidden area first. This will enable you to see if the rug is prone to bleeding.

General Stain Care
Items Needed:

  • Bucket
  • Fan
  • Water
  • White Paper Towels or Cloths
  • White Vinegar
  • Wool Detergent

Instructions:

  1. Use a white paper towel or cloths to blot excess liquid from wool carpet stains. Blot the area gently so that the stain will not spread.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of wool detergent in a bucket. Add a quart of warm water.
  3. Place a clean, white cloth into the cleaning solution and wring out the excess water. Use the cloth to blot the stain. Start blotting from outside the stain, working toward the center.
  4. Rinse the cloth in the cleaning solution, wring it out, and continue dabbing at the stain until it is gone.
  5. After you remove the stain, press some towels or white cloth on the wet area of the carpet. Keep pressing the dry towels on the wool carpet until most of the moisture has been lifted.
  6. Direct a fan toward the damp area to dry.

Glue
Items Needed:

  • Acetone-Based Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cup of Water
  • Toothbrush​

Instructions:

  1. Wait until the glue dries on the rug. If you try to remove the glue while it is still wet, it will most likely spread and make the problem worse.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in an acetone-based nail polish remover. Rub the cotton ball on a small part of the rug to make sure that the nail polish remover will not discolor or destroy the pile.
  3. Dip another cotton ball in the nail polish remover. This time, dab the super-glued wool with the moistened cotton ball.
  4. Gently brush the wool with a toothbrush to encourage the super glue to come off. It will come off in layers. Depending on the size of the stain, you may need to reapply the nail polish remover several times.
  5. Dab a cotton ball in water and moisten the spot where you applied the nail polish remover. Do this only after the glue is removed. This will rinse the leftover acetone out of the wool.
  6. Let the rug air-dry.

Dried Wine

Items Needed:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cold Water
  • Cup
  • Mixture Bowl
  • Soft Towel
  • Spoon
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  2. Pour some of the water-vinegar solution into a mixture bowl.
  3. Add baking soda to the mixture bowl. Mix it until it becomes a creamy paste.
  4. Put the creamy paste on the stain.
  5. Gently push the paste on the stain and let it stand for a while.
  6. With a soft towel, gradually sweep the top of the paste away from the stain.
  7. Once you remove the top of the paste, pour just a little amount of water-vinegar
    solution to the stain.
  8. Lightly blot the stain with a soft towel to clean the paste residue. Let it dry.
  9. Repeat steps one to eight until the stain is removed.
  10. When done, clean the area with cold water.
Contemporary beige bedroom with rug

Tea
Items Needed:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cup
  • Dish Detergent
  • Mixture Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Spray Bottle
  • Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Try blotting the tea stain with a cloth or paper towel. Continue blotting with clean towels until you get the most of the tea stain out. 
  2. Mix a half cup of white vinegar with one cup of cold water and apply it to the tea stain using a spray bottle.
  3. Blot the vinegar mixture using clean white cloth or paper towels until the towels or cloth come up clean.
  4. Make a solution of one teaspoon of dish detergent to one cup of warm water, and apply to the tea stain if the vinegar did not remove the stain completely. Blot as much as possible, removing the soap mixture and the tea stain.
  5. Rinse the carpet by spraying or gently pouring clear water on the stained area. Blot as much as possible, and let the area air dry for at least one hour.

Mud

Items Needed:

  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Detergent
  • Bucket
  • Clean Cloth
  • One Cup of White Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum Cleaner and Fan

Instructions:

  1. Vacuum your carpet to remove dirt from the surface and within the fibers.
  2. Combine 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Mix the solution until you have frothy soapsuds on top of the mixture.
  3. Dip your sponge only into the soapsuds. Using the sponge, blot at the remaining dirt stains.
  4. If there are stains that remain, mix a cup of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Wet a clean cloth with the diluted vinegar and squeeze out the cloth until it is barely damp.
  5. Sponge your wool carpet with the vinegar-dampened cloth. Blot remaining stains by working from the exterior of the stain toward the middle.
  6. Press a clean, dry cloth on the carpet to dry it. To dry faster, direct the airflow from an electric fan at your wool carpet.

Ink
​Items Needed:

  • Ammonia
  • Clean Rags
  • Grease-Cutting Dish Soap
  • Sponge
  • Spray Bottles
  • White Paper Towels
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Blot the ink quickly with a white paper towel, removing as much of the stain as possible.
  2. Mix a teaspoon of grease-cutting dish soap with a cup of warm water. Moisten a sponge with this cleaning solution. Using the sponge, gently blot the stain to lift the ink from the carpet.
  3. Stir together a teaspoon of ammonia and 1/2 cup of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and spray the ammonia mixture onto the remaining ink stain. Blot the area with a white paper towel.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of water into a spray bottle, and spray the ink stain with the solution. Using a white paper towel, dab the solution and ink.
  5. Using a paper towel, reapply the liquid dish soap solution to the remaining ink stain. Blot the area with a white paper towel until the stain is removed completely.
  6. Spray cool water onto the affected area, and then blot with a clean rag to remove soap residue.

Pet Stain

Items Needed:

  • Cloth and Paper Towels
  • Dry-Foam Carpet Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Vacuum
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Place a thick layer of paper towels over the stain. Stand on the paper towels or apply pressure to wick away the moisture from the urine. Continue to wick away as much urine as possible with a clean paper towel until you are unable to transfer anymore from the carpet.
  2. Spray dry-foam carpet cleaner onto the pet urine stain in the wool carpet according to package directions. Allow the foam to sink into the carpet fibers as it works to lift the urine stain and color.
  3. Use a white towel or cloth to remove urine stains so you can see how much stain is lifted.
  4. Press a clean cloth on the wool carpet to lift the dry foam and pet urine stain. Alternately, apply more dry foam, and then wick up the foam until the urine stain is lifted.
  5. Pour a quarter-sized amount of white vinegar on a clean, dry cloth. Dab the white vinegar on the site of the stain to neutralize any remaining urine odor.
  6. Allow the carpet to dry overnight.
  7. Vacuum the carpet to remove any remnants of foam cleaner.

Oil

Items Needed:

  • Baking Soda
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Dry-Cleaning Solvent
  • Spatula and Cloth
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Use a spatula to remove excess oil from your rug. Take care that you don't spread it around more.
  2. Add baking soda to the soiled area. This will soak up more of the oil.
  3. After approximately 15 minutes, remove the baking soda using a vacuum cleaner.
  4. Use a dry-cleaning solvent to blot the oil stain on your wool rug. Continue to blot until much of the stain has been removed.
  5. If you cannot get out all of the oil stain with the dry-cleaning solvent, create a gentle cleaning solution. Mix two cups of water, a teaspoon of natural dishwashing liquid, and a tablespoon of white vinegar.
  6. Using a clean cloth, blot the oil stain with the new cleaning solution. Continue blotting to remove the liquid and the rest of the oil stain.

Chocolate or Chocolate Milk Drink

Items Needed:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach-Free Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Fan
  • Plastic Utensil
  • Spray Bottle
  • Toothbrush
  • White Paper Towel and Cloth

Instructions:

  1. If the stain is fresh, blot the stain with a cloth or paper towels to absorb the chocolate milk. If it is an older stain, scrape away any dried residue with a plastic spoon or knife to avoid damaging the fibers.
  2. Make a cleaning solution by adding a tablespoon of bleach-free liquid laundry detergent and two tablespoons of ammonia to a cup of warm water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  3. Mist the area with the solution to dampen it.
  4. Blot the area with sponge or cloth. Do not scrub because this may cause the stain to spread.
  5. Brush the area with a toothbrush to help clean between the fibers. Brush in small strokes, working towards the stain, not away, so as not to spread it.
  6. Dampen the area again, and continue to blot and brush until the stain is gone.
  7. Using a cloth or sponge, wipe the stain with cold water. This will rinse away residual soap.
  8. Blot the area dry with an absorbent towel to eliminate excess moisture.
  9. Set a fan nearby to help in drying the rug quickly.

Coffee

Items Needed:

  • Borax
  • Soft-Bristled Brush
  • Table Salt
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • White Vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Mix a carpet cleaning solution of borax, white vinegar, and table salt. The amounts vary depending on the size of the stain, but all three parts should be equal or close to equal.
  2. Dip the brush into the cleaning solution.
  3. Gently scrub the stained carpet with the brush.
  4. Repeat steps two and three until the entire coffee stain is covered.
  5. Leave the cleaning solution on the carpet for at least two hours.
  6. Vacuum the carpet. Inspect and repeat if you still notice the coffee stain.