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Properly cleaning your kelim and other pro tips to keep the rug you love looking great!

Posted in: cleaning Kelims rugs Rug Care & Restoration

High-quality kelims can hold up to the challenges of everyday living beautifully when they are cared for and maintained properly. Even what the kids and pets can dish out, however, there are some important things to know before you encounter these inevitable spills and traffic patterns of everyday life.

Fortunately, wool is not that absorbent making it truly the perfect rug fiber.

Here are our best spot cleaning tips and recommendations for cleaning kelims:

1. Always blot. Never rub vigorously back and forth.

2. First, use a dry white cloth or paper towels to gently press or blot any liquid up. If the problem is liquid and it has saturated an area of the rug, apply pressure to dry white towels or paper towels underneath and on top of the kelim to wick out the moisture. The wool is naturally not very absorbent so the cotton towels work amazingly well to wick out the problem.

3. Never use a water temp above lukewarm.

4. Common household supplies like distilled white vinegar and club soda work very well for wool kelims. The distilled white vinegar diluted with water in a 1:8 ratio, and adding a few drops (1/2 tsp) liquid hand dish soap such as dawn for an extra boost will work wonders for most spots. Club soda is also a quick fix for food and drink spills, even pet accidents. All are easy to have on hand in case of a problem. tip: Hide the resolve from the babysitter.

5. Routinely have your kelim professionally cleaned to keep it in great condition or if you have a spot that the above remedies have not solved. The amount of time you should go in between cleanings will vary depending on traffic. We recommend every 1-3 years.

6. Invest in high- quality rug pads that are cut to fit your kelim’s size. These pads increase the longevity of your kelim and as a bonus they make it look great adding both body and stability. Remember your kelim is reversible so the pad also helps keep the side that is not in use protected.

7. Yes, you can Scotchguard your kelim. It is often not necessary as the wool is not very absorbent, but it will not hurt the kelim. Again, remember the kelim is reversible so treat both sides.

8. Rotate your kelim annually to avoid potential traffic patterns and sun fading from occurring unevenly.

9. Normal vacuuming is fine for kelims. Take care when vacuuming to avoid pulling on the edges of the kelim with the vacuum cleaner. Occasionally vacuum the side of the kelim that is not in use.

If you have any cleaning questions or would like to receive a quote for your rug cleaning, contact us at theatelier@kingshouseorientalrugs.com.

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