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Tips to clean a shaggy rug

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The shaggy rug is making a come back from its popular American debut in the late 1960′s. Shaggy rugs enjoy a very long history, dating back to ancient Greece and other civilizations. The ancient flokati rug, made of goat’s fur, is the Greek equivalent of  a shaggy rug, and it is very similar to today’s shag rugs. The genuine lush flokati shaggy rug is a little on the expensive side although this rug will possess timeless beauty.

Tips to clean a shaggy rug:

Shake the rug to loosen any grit or loose fibres then on a low setting on the vacuum cleaner, brush the top surface this will help to minimise the excessive shedding usually associated with these types of rugs. Routine clean with a suction vacuum to prevent dirt clogging up in pile. Rotate rug regularly, particularly if exposed to direct sunlight this can cause bleaching to the rug. Blot up excess spills with a clean cloth, then work from the outer edge in applying carpet cleaner. Once clean, pat excess moisture with paper towels and allow to dry.

If cleaned regularly this will reduce the amount of shedding polymers from these types of rug. Although these rugs do molt the polymers are wool based so should not cause any adverse reactions to the skin.

Rug Alert

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

A large rug – antique Persian – a small child – a bottle of ink – disaster!
I saw it falling, leapt towards it. The blue ink splashed through my fingers onto the muted greys of the beautiful Persian rug, soaking into it as fast as if the fine wool had been blotting paper. I grabbed it up from the floor and rushed to the nearby bathroom to wash the ink out. Fortunately, before turning on the tap I paused to think. The rug was a loan from my mother-in-law’s collection of valuable large and small Persian rugs, and she might know what to do. I collected the children and the rug and struggled down to her flat below to apologise and ask for help.
She took one look at the rug, spread it over her dining table and assembled her materials: a dry cloth and a bucket of yoghurt. First she wiped the rug until no more ink would come off onto the cloth, then she spread a thick coating of yoghurt over the stain. The yoghurt rapidly turned blue and she scraped it off – it was like magic.
Over the next few days she repeated the process until all sign of the stain had gone, then rubbed the area with a soap-laden damp cloth a few times to get rid of the yoghurt. She didn’t lend me the rug again!