How to Clean a Karastan Rug
Karastan has been a major brand name in area rugs since 1928. While the company touts its rugs as both attractive and durable, yours will not remain that way if you neglect it. Dirt, grime and other substances can reduce the look and longevity of any rug. Regular cleaning is essential to keep your Karastan rug an appealing addition to your home or office decor.
Remove any excess substance, either by blotting it with a paper towel or scraping it off with a spoon.
Apply a cleaning agent directly onto the stain in small amounts. Karastan recommends a solution of warm water, dish soap and white vinegar for use on their carpets. If the stains are greasy, a solvent cleaner may be effective. Blot the stain with a paper towel until you have removed it.
Blot the area with warm water and a paper towel to remove the cleaning agent.
Blot the area with a dry paper towel to remove excess moisture. Allow the area to dry completely.
Check your vacuum cleaner to make sure it is in good working order. Empty the bag or container if necessary.
Run the vacuum several times over the rug in the direction of its pile. If you come across a patch of impacted dirt, run the vacuum against the pile to loosen it. Take care to avoid any fringe, as it can get caught up in the machine and become damaged.
Vacuum your Karastan rug at least two to three times a week or more often if the rug is situated in a high-traffic area, such as a living room.
- To find the direction of your rug's pile, run your hand over the rug. If you are running your hand in the direction of the pile, the length of the rug will feel smooth. If you are running your hand against the pile, the rug will feel rough.
- Vacuum the underside of your rug at least once a month to remove accumulated dirt.
- Test any cleaning agents on an inconspicuous area of your rug before use.
- Take your Karastan rug to a professional if you are unable to clean it on your own.
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