How should my rug be washed?
Hand washing with a natural soap and soft water is the preferred method (the method used since ancient times in the Middle East). Dry cleaning processes using solvent can remove valuable natural oils from the wool fibers, causing the fibers to become brittle and break off.
In-home steam cleaning processes and other carpet cleaning processes should be avoided as hot water and strong alkaline detergents can be harmful to the wool.
We at Old World Rugs submerge the rugs into a bath of cold water, carefully washing it with a natural soap. The rugs are rinsed thoroughly, the P balanced and dried on special racks with optimum air movement.
Will all the spots come out?
Spots will come out, however some "stains" are permanent and will not. A permanent stain is caused by chemical action removing color from the fibers or adding color to the fibers. We can usually point out in advance which can be removed and which may be permanent.
Before the rugs are submerged in a bath of cold water, all spots are tested and removed as possible. Various "safe" spotters are used depending on the need. If we can't get it out, we're confident it can't be removed.
The thorough washing and rinsing removes any spotting residues.