Whether suspended or flat, maintain your rug’s integrity with proper care and cleaning. An Oum rug is a piece of art.
Give it a good shake outside once a week. If the rug has a medium to high pile, it is highly recommended that you use this traditional method as it puts the least amount of stress on a rug.
If shaking is not possible, vacuum at your own discretion using suction only and moving side to side, not lengthwise. Rotating brushes and beater bars will damage your rug’s pile, fringe, and any other decorative elements.
Shake it outside vigorously every three months. Have your rug professionally cleaned every year by services specializing in handwoven rugs.
If you spill something on your rug, tend to it immediately. If there are any solids in the spill, carefully remove them prior to blotting. Soak up as much of the spill as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel. Make sure to clean the floor under the rug where the spill occurred. Pour a small amount of clean cold water on the affected area. Be careful not to use too much as some Berber rugs retain moisture easily. Blot the area and soak up as much of the water as possible. Immediately hang to dry. Alternatively, you can use a hairdryer for faster results. It is important that the backing of the rug is also thoroughly dried. For resistant stains, have your rug professionally cleaned by services specializing in handwoven rugs.
Storing Your Rug
Make sure your rug is clean and dry. Sprinkle the small pouch of dried lavender seeds that were included in your shipment onto the rug to preserve it and retain a lovely scent. Roll it along its width and lay the bag on a flat surface and in a dry place.