Kilim Rug Care
Kilim Rug Cleaning at its Best
Kilim rugs require special treatment when you or professionals are cleaning or maintaining them. The only regular maintenance suggestion for owners is to vacuum the rugs. Kilim rugs need to be vacuumed frequently. Even this task comes with some precautions.
High suction settings should not be used on Kilim rugs. Avoid using the beater brush of the vacuum. It is best to use the nozzle attachment made especially for rugs and upholstery. Vacuum both sides of the rugs. Do not vacuum the fringe. The fringe can be torn off with repeated vacuuming.
Hints for Preservation
Rotating Kilim rugs serves two purposes. It avoids having the same area continually walked over and prevents noticeable variation in appearance to due to sun fading. Regardless of the material in the makeup of a rug, it is subject to sun fade. If possible, keep Kilim rugs away from direct sunlight.
Long term care should be done professionally. That does not mean a general cleaning company or dry-cleaner. They often use chemicals that are harmful to the rugs. A Kilim rug should never be washed in a washing machine. Technicians that specialize in Kilim rug cleaning should be entrusted with the task.
In Case of Spills
Kilim rugs are somewhat stain resistant. The tight weave makes substance penetration into the pile difficult. Wool has a high lanolin content that causes liquids to stay on the surface of the rug. Accidental spills are almost inevitable. Immediate response is the best way to prevent staining. Any solids in the spill should be scooped up with a spoon before applying any pressure to the rug.
Then blot as much liquid as possible with absorbent materials such as hand towels, sponges or paper towels. Blot from the outer edge of the spill toward the center to prevent spreading the stain. Also blot the floor where the rug laid. Place a shallow container under the stain that remains and pass clean water through it, follow by a repeat of the blotting process.
If this first-aid effort does not remove the stain, contact a professional without delay. Foods such as red wine, blueberries, and spaghetti sauce are problematic. Professionals should deal with these stains. Using household products that are recommended for cleaning rugs are not encouraged. Commercial rug cleaning products suggested for wall-to-wall carpet are damaging to Kilim rugs. They cause fiber damage, bleaching, and dye runs.
Different rug types and different stains require different remedies. There are many variables that make prescribing a solution impractical, and nearly impossible, for the untrained person. The treatment may be counterproductive and do more harm than good. Calling a professional is a wise choice.
Pets are responsible for some Kilim rug problems. Puppies are prone to chew on fringe and corners. Avoid the temptation if possible. If the rug is damaged, seek professional help quickly. Addressing damage immediately reduces the chance of serious consequences.
Pet urine is difficult to remove if left untreated. If the area is damp, cover with a layer of baking soda. Then place a clean cloth over the area. Apply heavy pressure by stepping on the cloth. That process drives urine into the baking soda.
Scoop the dampened baking sold with a spatula. Repeat the process as often as the baking soda dampens when applied. Experts should be consulted, when the area is dry, for follow-up treatment. Whether or not the rug is colorfast determines the next step. A dried stain should be professionally cleaned as soon as it is noticed.