Flat Weave Fundamentals: Care and Cleaning - The Catwalk Rugs Journal
It’s no news that flat weave rugs have become highly desirable in recent times making a great addition to any room in your home. Originally a weaving method exclusive to various tribal peoples around the world, who would use an upright shuttle loom to create their flat woven masterpieces from the wool of their sheep, goats and camels, this technique creates a rug that is lightweight yet durable. Better still, most styles of hand made flat weave rugs are double sided, giving them a second lease on life.
Today’s flat weave rugs can be handmade or machine made from materials as varied as wool, polyester and cotton. Some types of flat weave rugs can even be used outdoors as the materials used in them are UV stable and water resistant. Flat weave rugs are available in a wide selection of colours and designs, they provide an easy way to bring a splash of colour and warmth into a space. Luckily, they are also easy to care for. You can learn more about flat woven rug construction and fibres used in our flat weave rug buyers guide.
Flat weave rugs are typically very durable, but there are a few things you can do to keep them in great shape for many years to come. One way to reduce the wear and tear of traffic patterns on your flat weave rug is to rotate or even flip the rug on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to use a non-slip rug pad underneath these rugs. Not only will a rug pad make a flat weave rug feel thicker and more luxurious, as well as keeping it from sliding, it will also lessen the wear and tear on the rug, and prevent dirt from being ground into the fibres. As far as regular cleaning goes, vacuuming is perfectly safe for your flat weave rug.
Blot up any spills with a paper towel, rather than trying to wipe or scrub. To remove a stain, try dabbing on a small amount of mild soap and cold water. Dry by blotting up excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. Be careful to remove as much of the soap as possible, because soap residue can work as a magnet for more dirt in the future.
If your rug becomes excessively damp while washing, it is vital to dry it by laying it out flat, not by hanging it. Make sure the rug is laid completely flat, in its original shape, so that no distortions occur during drying. Flip the rug often, and keep it out of direct sunlight, in a well-ventilated area, until completely dry. If you have pets, These rug cleaning tips might also help.
If you choose to, you can also have your flat weave rug professionally dry-cleaned, but this is not a necessity.
By following these simple tips for the care and cleaning of your flat weave rug, you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty for a long time to come.
Catwalk Rugs has one of the largest collections of flat weave rugs to select from. We can ship from stock or custom make to your size in a few easy steps. Our collection of rugs online is always growing so be sure to check back regularly to see all the latest styles from our designer brands.