Keeping your rug looking great is easy! And we've made this guide to make it even easier.
So you've spilt something on your rug. Don't worry! There are many ways to prevent and deal with stains. First thing you should do is scoop up as much as possible of the stain with a blunt knife or spoon. Immediately after, dilute the spill with water. However, be careful not to soak the stained area, as this could accidentally spread the stain. With a cloth, slowly work from the outside of the stain to the inside and continue until the stain is gone.
So your rug has been sitting underneath a piece of furniture, for what seems like, forever. So how do you get your pile to sit upright again? You'll need a soft brush and a small amount of water. Moisten the affected area and then gently brush the pile and repeat until it's restored.
To both store your rug and keep it fresh you'll need to wrap it in fabric. Doing this will let the rug breathe. A rug can rot or mildew if it is stored in a damp or humid area or if it is stored in plastic.
It's really important to get a rug pad. It will add years to the life of your rug by protecting it from dirt, wear and slippage, especially in high traffic areas. In fact, the life of a rug can be doubled with the use of a proper rug pad. For instance, a rug pad will:
Rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and grit. But be sure to only use the regular nozzle as using other nozzles can damage the rug. It is also very important to be careful when vacuuming around the fringes of your rug as they can easily get caught and ruined in the vacuum machine.
Beating is the best and traditional way to clean a rug. To do this, simply hang your rug outside and just beat it.
You need to rotate your rug at least once a year. This is because each part of the rug will experience different amounts of sunlight and foot traffic. Regularly rotating your rug will help even out these sources of wear.
Just follow these four easy steps and you'll have a rug that'll look great in your home!
If your furniture is not against the wall you'll want your rug to be big enough to fit outside the outer legs of your furniture
If your furniture is against your walls, your rug should only reach the inner legs of your furniture.
For rugs such as dining room rugs, your rug should extend 2 feet away from every side of your table.
The material you choose for your rug should reflect its use. If your rug will be placed in a high traffic area, use our search filters to choose a natural material such as cotton, wool, jute, sisal or hemp. Flatweaves and kilims are especially suited for high traffic areas. Machine made and tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.
The pattern of your rug should compliment the patterns of your furniture. For instance, a solid rug is a good match for a sofa with a striking pattern. Conversely, patterned styles will look great with neutral decor. Neutral rugs, such as shags, will look great with any decor. You can easily sort through all styles by searching by styles and colors.
If you spill anything on your rug, it is always safest to try to spot clean it before doing anything else. If you've tried this and you've still got a stain, we've got you covered. Head over to our rug care page for detailed information on getting rid of stains fast and effectively.
Need a quick rundown on the history of rugs or want to know more about rugs? You'll find all that info and more right here!
Need some info on terminology? Check out our glossary here!
Rug weaving began at least 6000 years ago with the nomadic tribes of west Asia who needed light, yet durable floor coverings. Since then, the tradition of rug weaving spread to various different regions across the world, producing a wealth of different rug styles. Today, the world's most important and renowned rug producing countries are Iran, India, and Turkey. You can easily search for rugs made in these countries by using our advanced search tool here.
Rug styles refer mainly to the design or pattern on the rug, but they can also refer to the type of weave used to construct it. For instance, traditional styles feature classic floral patterns and are more likely to be handmade. However, modern style rugs are more simple and feature the use of lines and geometric shapes. You can easily sort by styles on our site by using our quick search tool here.
Rugs are made from either synthetic or natural materials. Handmade rugs are more frequently made from natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk and jute, as these materials are very durable. Meanwhile, machine made or power loomed rugs are typically made from synthetic materials such as polypropylene or viscose, which simulate the look and feel of natural materials, but at a lower cost. You can easily sort by material by using our quick search tool here.
You can keep your rug looking new, but it'll take some cleaning. Regular vacuuming is a good way to do this, however, it is important to be gentle with the rug when vacuuming, especially if your rug has a long pile. If you ever get a spill or stain on your rug, be sure to start by spot cleaning it first. If you need more detailed information about cleaning your rug, take a look at our rug care guide by clicking here.
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