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Tips For Taking Care Of A Vintage Rug?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by arizonaboulder, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. arizonaboulder

    arizonaboulder New Member

    Just wanted some tips for taking care of a vintage rug that's from the 70-80s, it's in pretty good shape but it does have kind of a scent to it. I would like to give it a new backing but not sure how to start with that. It is many pelts sewn together and has a felt backing sewed only to the edge, like a blanket. It can be used that way but I feel that is better used as a floor rug.

    If anyone has tips for me, I'd much appreciate it. Especially with how to get the natural scent out of it, how to re-do the backing, and overall keep it in good shape!
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Ok here’s some help
    I use woolite rug cleaner as that does a good job
    Now as far as backing goes here’s the issue. Depending on what tan they used ( no can tell you this) do a spot test on hydrating a small piece with warm salt water and Downey ( 1/4 lb of salt 1/4 cup of Downey to a gallon of water) wet a small area and see how that hydrates ( wet only the flesh side) Aftervit hydrates see if it rips or tears. If it does leave it be, if not you can take off the old and just dampen the ends and you’ll either have to hand sew or commercial machine sew on new backing.