CARING FOR YOUR NODI HANDMADE RUG
We want you to have your rug in your life for a long time, but it does require some care - so we have developed these care instructions to help you give your rug the longest life.
The basics - Regularly vacuum your nodi rug, we know it can be a drag, but it makes a significant difference to the appearance. Vacum cleaners with a motorized head are the most effective with no brush. If you get mud on your rug, it is usually best to allow it to dry and gently brush if off, followed by a good vacuuming.
General rule with stains and spills – attend to these immediately and do not let them set in the fibers, by doing this you may increase your chances of successfully removing the stain.
Microseal – we recommend for all of our rugs to be treated with Microseal. This is a treatment that is sprayed on the rug to seal the fibres, meaning if something is spilt on it, the spill is not absorbed into the rug and increases the chance of the stain being successfully removed. Microseal also provides some UV protection, which may help reduce fading from the sun.
Underlay – we recommend Teebaud underlay for all our rugs. This is a non-slip, padded mat which sits under the rug. Underlay prevents the rug from slipping, corners flicking up and adds to the durability and life of the rug. This can be cut to size to fit your rug.
Woollen rugs - Before removing any stains from your woollen rug, make sure you have blotted up any excess liquid spills and scraped up any solids. In the event of a very large stain, put a towel down and stand on it to firmly remove as much liquid as you can before applying any stain treatment. We suggest warm water and a gentle, wool safe soap for most stains. Be sure to mop up excess liquid so the rug dries and is not left with water marking. If stain is stubborn and will not come out - contact a professional (we can recommend one!)
Woollen blended rugs (This includes Ribbed Wool & Thatch) – We highly recommend for all our woollen blended rugs to be Microsealed and for the Microsealed “Wonder spot” cleaning kits to be used to clean these. Using water or any other liquid may leave a mark on the rug. Follow instructions on back of Microseal bottle to successfully remove stains. Please contact us to purchase this firstname.lastname@example.org
Jute rugs- We suggest taking the rugs outside once a month to shake the dust and dirt trapped in the loops out.
For spills - First mop up all excess liquid or remove solids that have spilled on the rug with a colourfast cloth or paper towel. Start with only water and a mild soap and a toothbrush or a small scrubbing brush gently work on the stained area, be sure to rinse the area thoroughly, or dirt will be attracted to the detergent left in the fibers. Jute takes a long time to dry so be sure to remove as much liquid as possible then hang outside to dry in summer or over a clothes rack in a warm dry area in damper, cooler months. Do not dry clean or use chemicals as this will damage the rug and can remove the dye. If you have had your rug Microsealed, we suggest using the Wonder Spot cleaning spray provided to remove stains. Due to the nature of weaving, there may occasionally be individual loops that loosen and pull up. These can be trimmed, knotted or pushed through. This will not affect the structural integrity of the rug.
Being a handmade item there will be some variation in colour and size - these are not flaws but part of the nature of a handmade product. 5% colour and size variation is considered normal and acceptable.
Dyed rugs, in particular jute are expected to fade in direct sunlight, this is not a flaw of the product. We suggest avoiding direct sunlight for dyed rugs where possible. If rugs are placed in direct sunlight we suggest rotating them so they fade evenly. In addition to this we suggest having the rug Microsealed.
When rugs are left in strong direct sunlight they will fade. We suggest rotating your rug to minimize damage and preferably have it in a place without constant, direct sunlight.