Flokati Rugs

Photo Credit: Brian Jespersen 

Photo Credit: Brian Jespersen 




  1. Always inspect and pretest. Document and photograph. Note all pre-existing conditions.
  1. Flokati rugs usually yellow or oxidize over a period of time.
  1. Flokatis are never white. Photograph with a white sheet of paper to show the degree of yellowing in a “before” photo.
  1. Check squareness of rug. Does it lay flat?
  1. These rugs lack dimensional stability and have a tendency to get longer and narrower each time they are cleaned.
  1. Rug face can become flat and matted, document this damage.


Cleaning procedures:


  1. Do not put through duster.
  1. Air dust or beat face of rug with stick in dry room attached to a pole, or turn rug upside down and two or four people hold each corner and shake.
  1. Spray rug with Sublime if oily soil is present.
  1. Wet out rug with clear, cool water.
  1. Shampoo entire rug with diluted LST using Cimex, shampooer, hand brush or other


  1. Rinse entire rug with fresh water and squeegee off soil while rinsing.
  1. A. If using a flat bed washer, run with brushes up, no soap. Only fresh water
    B. Squeegee, roll, ring out, extract, or centrifuge to remove excess water,


  1. Comb thoroughly with a flokati comb.
  1. Dry flat, face down. Do not hang dry, Heat drying is okay.
  1. If rug yellows, DO NOT use bleach (bleach with change color), spray rug with 3%

hydrogen peroxide, groom in, dry face down.

  1. Comb thoroughly again after completely dry using a flokati comb.


Alternative method: for small rugs:

  1. Can be washed in Milnor or other commercial washing machine using a short cycle, cold

water, and 5oz LST.

  1. Dry and groom as stated above.