Caring For Your Rug

Rug Care Guide

Handmade rugs are a lasting investment that only improve gracefully with age if maintained and properly cleaned. Please follow our guidelines for regular maintenance and tips on cleaning should spills or stains occur.

Vacuuming your rug regularly will prevent dust and debris from settling into the base fibres of your rug. However, extra care must be taken and the use of high-powered vacuums (mainly Dyson and Oreck) may pull threads out of the back and can cause sprouts (loose threads). Canister vacuums without beater bars are the most effective and a low-powered setting on any machine is best.

The stitched edge of your rug is sensitive and should not be vacuumed. Doing so can loosen the fibres. If possible, beat the back of the rug to loosen the dust and debris and then vacuum on a low setting.


Moths are a natural enemy of wool rugs as they prefer natural fibres and dark places (under beds and chests, for example). To help protect your rug and to prevent uneven colour fading caused by bright sunlight, the rug should be lifted and turned, particularly if it is under furniture. Regular vacuuming will also help deter moths.

Moisture is also damaging to your wool and silk/bamboo silk rugs (but isn't a problem for /re/PURPOSE PERFORMANCE fibres). Never lay a rug on a damp floor as the wet can cause rot and/or discolouration in wools and silks. If the rug needs cleaning seek professional help.

We recommend a UK-developed producted called AquaDefence as a stain inhibitor for each rug to act as insurance for spills and damage. It is a non-toxic formula that uses nanotechnology to act as an invisible barrier to moisture. It is also odour and film-free.

If you require more comprehensive cleaning and care recommendations, please get in touch.