To the right is a chart of common spills and the recommended home cleaning solutions

  • Act Fast
  • Blot - Never Rub
  • Clean Stain - Edge to Center
  • Do not soak
  • Pat and Fan Dry
  • Brush Pile

Method A: Detergent - Vinegar - Detergent - Water

Method B: Cleaning Fluids - Detergent - Water - Ammonia - Detergent - Water

Method C: Detergent - Vinegar - Ammonia - Detergent - Water

Method D: Detergent - Ammonia - Detergent - Water

Method E: Detergent - Water

Method F: Detergent - Ammonia - Vinegar - Detergent

Method G: Salt - Water - Detergent - Water

Solution Formulas

Detergent Solution: 1 tsp dishwashing liquid + 1 c. water Ammonia Solution: 1 oz. ammonia + 1 c. water

Vinegar Solution: 1 part vinegar + 2 parts water


For moderate traffic, less than once a month and for heavy traffic, one to three times a week.

Do-it-yourself Rug Cleaning Tips

Food and Beverage: Vacuum dry spills thoroughly. Wet spills use 1/4 teaspoon of mild liquid detergents with a cup of water. Red Wine: Pouring salt over spills on all dark liquids will absorb the liquid like a sponge.

Pet Messes: Use a vinegar solution, 1 cup white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

Paint, Oil & Grease: Use nail polish remover. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

Special Cleaning Guidelines

Synthetic Fiber Rugs (Olefin | Polypropylene)

  • With a dry cotton towel or white paper towel, blot out stain as much as possible.
  • Scrape off any food or debris with a dull instrument.
  • Mix a very small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water. With a clean sponge and soap mix, remove the remainder of stain and then blot the area with a dry towel.

World Rug Gallery recommends taking caution while cleaning a rug. Be sure you start with an inconspicuous area. If you are uncertain about your ability to effectively clean the rug on your own, World Rug Gallery recommends you first consult a rug cleaning professional. World Rug Gallery accepts no liability for damages that a rug may incur during the cleaning process listed above.

Rug Pads: Protect Your Investment And Yourself

A rug pad provides a durable, long-lasting foundation that protects a rug for years to come.

The proper rug pad can:

  • Extend the life of the rug by reducing wear and tear and enhancing air circulation between the rug and floor.
  • Help to prevent accidents by holding the rug in place, minimizing movement and slippage.
  • Add extra comfort underfoot by providing additional cushioning and support.
  • Protect all floor types, including both hard surfaces and carpets.

Knowing Your Rug


If your rug has been rolled or folded for shipping, it may include creases. Creases should disappear within a week or two when the rug is laid out flat. Reverse rolling the rug overnight will help.


Odors are caused by dyes, yarns and shipping for long distances in sealed wrap. Most odors dissipate within a week once the rug is removed from the shipping wrap.


If exposed to direct sunlight, rug colors typically fade over time, even if they are fade resistant.


As a general rule, rugs of all materials and constructions should be rotated every 3-6 months to balance color and evenly distribute wear.

Alcoholic Dirnk A Lard D
Ammonia / Alkali A Lipstick A
Beer E Machine Oil B
Beach A Mayonnaise B
Blood C Milk A
Butter B Mixed Drink E
Candy / Sugar A Mud A
Carbon Black B Mustard E
Catsup B Paint B
Charcoal A Perfume A
Chocolate / Cocoa A Rust A
Coffee D Salad Dressing B
Cooking Oil B Saurce A
Cosmetics B Shortening B
Crayon B Softdrink E
Dye (Blue / Black) C Soy Saurce B
Dye (Red) E Starch B
Egg B Tar B
Excrement C Tea D
Fruit Juice E Toothpaste A
Furniture Polish B Varnish B
Gravy A Vaseline B
Hair Oil B Vomit B
Hair Spray B Washable Ink A
Hand Lotion B Wine G
Ice Cream B