Good maintenance extends the use and lifecycle of the product significantly.
We have created a guide on how to take care of your Finarte products. From here, you find both general and more material-specific care instructions that are easy to follow. If you are interested in properties of different materials and want to get tips on choosing the right material, see your Material guide.
COTTON AND COTTON BLEND RUGS
Cotton and cotton blend rugs are durable and practical. The best way to keep the rug clean is regular vacuuming. Please note that modern vacuum cleaners are very efficient, and too strong suction power can damage the rug. Especially knotted cotton rugs, such as the soft Dyyni, are more sensitive to vacuuming than tightly woven cotton rugs. When vacuuming, use a low suction power and preferably a nozzle especially meant for rug vacuuming. We do not recommend tamping and shaking rugs, as these can damage the structure of the handmade products.
Although cotton doesn’t reject dirt like wool, it’s easy to clean with water. Stains can be removed from the rug with gentle rubbing with a damp cleaning cloth and a mild detergent.
We recommend a gentle hand wash or flat wash at 30 degrees (80F) for Finarte cotton rugs. Machine washing or the use of a pressure washer is not permitted. When washing the rug by yourself, please use a mild detergent and do not soak the rug. Wash the striped rugs along with the stripes and rinse the rug thoroughly. Dry the cotton mat in a shady place on a flat surface or hang it to dry so that the water drains along with the stripes. Wet rug must not be rolled or folded.
Read our more detailed tips for self-washing cotton rugs here. Although our tips are written for washing rugs outdoors, you can use the instructions also for washing rugs indoors. Take the environment into account, and please wash the rugs in a place where the washing water does not enter the water system directly. For big-sized cotton rugs, we always recommend professional cleaning. Big-sized rugs can be very heavy when wet and thus difficult to handle and get dry.
You can wash your rugs also in clean snow in winter. You can find our tips for snow washing rugs from here.
Wool is quite an easy-care rug material. The easiest and most important way to take care of a wool rug is regular vacuuming. If not removed by vacuuming, dirt and dust can damage the rug’s structure over time. Use a V-shaped motion when vacuuming a flat wool rug. For long-pile wool rugs, we recommend a lower vacuuming power. Too strong suction force can loosen hand-knotted wool rugs structure and detach fluff. From time to time, go through the long-piled wool rug with a vacuum nozzle more carefully to remove loose dust between the long piles.
Some fluff can come off from a new wool rug. This is normal for natural materials like wool and evens out over time. You can remove the fluff by vacuuming or brushing with a soft brush.
The wool rug is easy to freshen up by taking it outdoors. However, we do not recommend tamping or shaking rugs, as it can damage the handwoven surface. Preferably vacuum rug regularly to remove dust and loose dirt from the rug.
Wool naturally repels water and dirt. If liquid spills on the wool rug, it will not be immediately absorbed into the fibers and remains on the surface. Still work with stain removal quickly. First, remove any solid stain and soak up the liquid stain with a clean cleaning cloth or kitchen paper. However, if the stain gets absorbed into the rug, remove it by pressing again with a damp lint-free cleaning cloth, using a small amount of a mild detergent suitable for wool. Avoid abrasion of the stain and excess use of soap, as soft wool felts easily.
We recommend washing wool rugs in professional dry cleaning. In winter, you can also wash your wool rug with snow. Read our tips on it here.
Viscose is a more sensitive material than wool or cotton. However, when properly cared for, a beautiful shining viscose rug is a long-lasting purchase. Use a protection spray for your new viscose rug before use. The protection spay prevents dirt from being absorbed into the viscose fibers and makes the maintenance of the rug easier. Vacuum the viscose rug regularly in the direction of the lint.
Some fluff can come off from a new viscose rug, but it evens out over time. You can remove the fluffy fibers by vacuuming or lightly brushing. The surface of the viscose rug may make you want to vacuum it often and with full power, but this should be avoided. Instead, use lower power of suction and also give your rug time to rest. An intense, repetitive rubbing motion can open the thread ends of the viscose rug, causing the beautiful shine of the rug’s surface to disappear.
Viscose fiber absorbs moisture quickly, so you should be quick to remove stains. To remove stains, use a soft, lint-free cleaning cloth and remove the stain from its edges by moving it to the center to prevent spreading it. Avoid strong detergents and rubbing. When removing stains, it is also worth noting that viscose is sensitive to water, and water can cause stains on the surface of the viscose rug.
For viscose rugs, we recommend professional dry cleaning.
The easiest way to keep a jute rug tidy is to vacuum regularly. Some fiber can come off the new jute rug, which is a normal feature of a jute rug.
The edges of the jute rug can sometimes curl. To smooth the rug, lightly dampen the curled area with water and place something flat and heavy on it, such as books. Let the weights stay in place overnight.
On the naturally multicolored surface of the jute rug, dirt is hardly visible. Finarte jute rugs are woven tightly, so loose dirt often stays on the surface of the rug and is easy to vacuum away. You can clean stains by gently rubbing them with a damp cloth.
We recommend dry cleaning the jute rugs with professional cleaning, but you can also wash a small jute rug yourself. Find our tips on rug washing from here. Although these tips are written for washing rugs outdoors, you can also use them for washing rugs indoors. Take the environment into account in rug washing, and don’t wash your rugs in places where the washing water enters the water system directly.
Please note that water may leave marks on the jute rug when washing it. Avoid soaking the rug and rinse it thoroughly. Dry the jute rug quickly after washing because being wet for a long time can affect the shape of the jute rug. Spread the rug on a flat surface and air dry in a shady place. Wet rug must not be folded or rolled. Wait that the rug is completely dry before using it.
rPET rugs, made from recycled plastic bottles, are easy to care for and practical. Vacuum the rug regularly on both sides to prevent loose dirt from adhering to the rug’s structure. rPET rugs might collect more dust than natural fiber rugs due to their electrostatic charge. However, liquid dirt does not stick to the rug as water cannot enter the structure of the fiber. Do not tamp or shake the rug at its ends, as this may damage the rug.
If there is a stain on the rPET rug, remove first the liquid dirt by pressing with a clean cleaning cloth. Avoid rubbing as it may damage the surface of the rug. Clean the stain by pressing it again with a cleaning cloth or sponge. Use a mild detergent diluted in water for cleaning. When the stain has come off, rinse off the detergent. Wait that the rug is completely dry before using it.
For washing rPET rugs, we recommend a gentle hand wash at 30 degrees (80F) or a flat wash in professional cleaning. Machine washing and washing with a pressure washer are prohibited. Like ordinary polyester, recycled polyester releases microplastic when washing, so please take this into account when washing the rug.
By taking good care of your home accessories, you will have long-lasting partners for your home. We always recommend local stain cleaning for home accessories. You can use a damp cloth and, if necessary, a mild cleaning agent suitable for the material to remove the local stains. However, if the product requires complete washing, you can get it clean using the tips below.
AITTA- JA KIEVARI-PRODUCTS MADE FROM COTTON
Aitta and Kievari products, made from recycled cotton, can be washed in a gentle wash of 30 degrees (80F). Shape the product to its original dimensions when moist and, if necessary, iron with low heat on the backside. Please note that the pattern is printed and may fade over time during washing.
WOOL CUSHION COVERS
Our wool embroidered pillowcases, such as Terttu, Zeniitti, and Silmu, can be washed upside down in a gentle wash of 20 degrees (65F) with a detergent suitable for wool. Do not tumble dry. Note that as the material on the front is wool and the material on the back is cotton or linen (in Väre cushion cover), the different sides may shrink differently during washing, and you have to shape the product back to its original dimensions when moist. If necessary, iron on the backside with low heat.
VÄRE THROW MADE FROM WOOL
You can refresh the woolen Väre throw by airing it outdoors in the wintertime. However, you can also wash the throw in a gentle 30 degree (80F) wash with a detergent suitable for wool. Do not tumble dry. Shape the product back to its original dimensions when moist.
DON’T WASH IF NOT NECESSARY
Start always with local stain removal if possible, and only wash your rugs if this doesn’t help. Keep an eye on the condition of your rug and take care of it by vacuuming and airing it. Only wash your rug when it is dirty, as each wash consumes it. Please always wash your rug within the instruction of the specific rug has. You will find the washing symbols used in Finarte rugs with their meanings a little lower on this page.
PROTECT WITH SPRAY
Protect your rug with a separate protective spray, which prevents dirt from sticking to the fibers and surface of the rug. The spray reduces the need to wash the rug and helps with cleaning the local stains. You can find a textile protection spray suitable for our rugs here.
TAKE SUNLIGHT INTO ACCOUNT
Turn your rugs lengthwise from time to time, especially if they are in a very sunny spot in the apartment. Sunlight can fade the color of natural fiber rugs. By turning the rug, it gets light more evenly.
Airing your rug from time to time will keep it fresh and odor-free. Especially in the winter, the frosty air refreshes textiles well and even removes dust mites.
PAY ATTENTION TO HEAVY FURNITURE
Heavy furniture can cause dents on the surface of the rug. To avoid dents, change the positions of heavy furniture from time to time or turn the rug under to a different way.
If the rug feels slippery with your floor material, we recommend placing an underlay underneath it. You can find our underlays from here. Also, wash the underlay from time to time with lukewarm water and mild detergent to prevent it from losing its functionality due to dust.
TAKE CARE OF THE FRINGES
The fringe at the ends of a hand-woven rug can loosen or even open over time. Keep an eye on the condition of the fringes, as they keep the entire structure of the rug together. A common cause of fringe loosening is to vacuum them with too strong suction power, so avoid strong vacuuming of fringes. Office chairs and other wheeled furniture can also loosen fringes, so avoid placing them on top of the rug’s fringes. If the fringes on your rug have got a knot open, try to tie it in the same way as the other fringes on the rug. The most common knots used in carpet fringes are the overhand knot and the reef knot.
TURN FROM TIME TO TIME
Turn the rug on the floor lengthwise from time to time so that its consumption is more even. Some of our rugs are also double-sided, so turning around the entire rug and using both sides will double the life of your rug.
We do not recommend tamping as it can damage hand-woven rugs. Instead, remove dust and loose dirt by vacuuming the rug regularly.
AVOID ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER
We do not recommend robotic vacuum cleaners for rug vacuuming. Robotic vacuum cleaners can be rough to your rugs and damage the surface of the rug as well as fringes when vacuuming.
Sometimes the rug needs to be stored for a shorter or longer time. Then wrap a clean rug in a clean roll to avoid wrinkles and creases. Tie the roll with a few ribbons. You can wrap the rug in a paper if the storage is long-term. Store the rolled rug horizontally in a dry and cool, preferably bright, warehouse. In particular, wool and viscose rugs are sensitive to pests such as moth larvae and fur beetles, which thrive best in humid, dark, and warm. Do not place anything heavy on the stored rug because it may leave dents on the rug.
The symbol of hand washing the carpet is a brush held by the hand. If the rug has this symbol, you can also wash the rug by yourself. The rug has to be flat washed. Please take the environment into account and wash the rugs in a place where the washing water does not get directly into the waterways. A check above the symbol prohibits hand washing, and a bar under the symbol means gentle hand washing.
The symbol of tumble washing is a washing oval, inside which the letter M stands for rugs drum wash. Tumble washing is done in the laundry’s rug washing machine with water and detergent. A cross above the washing oval prohibits tumble washing, while a line below the pattern means gentle tumble washing.
The symbol of flat washing is a washing brush. Flat washing means water washing done in a laundromat with a flat washing machine, where the rug is straight on a horizontal plane. During washing, the rug is wetted, diluted detergent is added to it, it is brushed, rinsed, and excess water is squeezed out with a roller press. A bar under the symbol means a gentle level wash.
The symbol for tumble drying is a square with a circle inside. A cross over the symbol, as in this picture, means that tumble drying is prohibited. If there are dots inside the symbol instead of dashes, they indicate the maximum possible drying temperature.
The symbol for dry cleaning is a circle with a letter inside. Different letters indicate the solvents used in washing. In dry cleaning, the rug is washed without water
in a professional laundry in an organic solvent. A line under the symbol, as in this picture above, means gentle dry cleaning and a cross above the pattern prohibits dry cleaning.