1. Always inspect and pre-test: Before cleaning thoroughly inspect the rug and pretest, document
and photograph. Note all pre-existing damage.

2. Discoloration and fading: Cotton rugs can be susceptible to discoloration and fading, note and

3. Avoid bleach: Bleach should be avoided when cleaning cotton rugs, it can cause yellowing, and
damage the fibers.

4. Texture issues and stiffness: After cleaning, cotton rugs, may develop texture issues and become

5. Cellulosic browning: Check for cellulosic browning.

6. Inspect for dry rot: Before cleaning, inspect the rug for any signs of dry rot, as cleaning may
further damage weakened fibers.

7. Test for crocking and bleeding: Document and photograph results.

Cleaning procedures:

1. Dust rug: Begin by dusting the rug to remove loose dirt and debris.

2. Treat bleeding: If rug fails bleeding test, treat entire rug with DyeFix solution for Cotton
front and back. Work in with hand brush or other method.

3. Apply Cotton Rug Shampoo: Apply diluted Cotton Rug Shampoo to the entire rug, front and back and
work in with hand brush, or other suitable method.

4. Rinse: Rinse the rug on both sides with diluted Cotton Rug Rinse, then cool clear water until
the water runs clear. Use a rug squeegee to aid in the rinsing process.

5. Handle color migration: If colors still migrate during rinsing, apply Dye Release Solution, work
it in, and continue rinsing.

6. Extract excess water: Use a suitable method like wringing, rolling, squeegee, or centrifuging to
remove excess water from the rug. If you’re using a flatbed washer, proceed as usual.

7. Flat dry with air movers: Lay the rug, face down on absorbent cotton towels or quilts and use
air movers to speed up the drying process. The air movers should blow across the back of the rug.

8. Groom pile and fringes: If pile becomes stiff, lightly apply diluted Silky Soft solution and
groom it against the pile lay and then turn and groom with the pile lay.