Extending the Life of Your Rugs

After making an investment in an area rug, the last thing you want to do is ruin the rug in a few years. It can take months of searching, looking and finding the money to purchase the rug of your dreams, why not take care of it like an investment? Quality area rugs are intended to last a lifetime and should be able to withstand heavy foot traffic, but many wear out way before their time because they are not taken care of properly.

One of the best investments you can make to take care of your area rug is to purchase a floor mat. Rug pads are a protective barrier that absorbs the shock of people walking on your rug. The pad protects your area rug and the floor it is resting on. If your area rug is placed on hard wood or laminate flooring, the backing on the area rug can rub up against the floor and destroy the finish you worked so hard to protect.

Just like area rugs, rug pads come in a variety of price ranges and quality. It’s best to buy a rug pad that is moderately priced and good quality. Stay away from rug pads at big box stores because the quality may not help extend the life your rug very much. Don’t make the foolish mistake of spending money on an outstanding rug to place on the floor and get trampled on without protection.

Keeping Your Sisal Rug Sizzling

Sisal rugs are naturally derived and beautifully designed to make any room in your house pop. Although the rug fibers come from a plant in South America, they do require routine maintenance to preserve their beauty and personality. Sisal rugs are semi-stain resistant water proof but do best when kept in a dry and arid environment. After buying your sisal rug, you probably want to know how to care for it so it stays looking new and fresh. Follow a few of these tips to keep your sisal rug sizzling and spectacular.

Sisal fibers do not do well with damp, wet or humid environments. They don’t make a good choice as a runner by your front door or for use in an area where wet feet may trample on it. A sisal rug should also be placed in room that has a low chance of seeing a spill. Dinning rooms and living rooms that get a lot of use would not be a good place to lay a sisal rug.

If water was to make its way to your sisal rug, you want to get it dry as soon as possible. The wetness of a spill or water from rain can quickly shrink the rug and distort its natural shape. It can also force the dirt that’s underneath the pile to come to the surface, giving the rug a dirty appearance. If you spill something on the carpet, clean it immediately by using a dry cloth to soak up as much of the spill as possible. If it doesn’t leave a stain, use a blow dryer to dry the area quickly. If there is a stain, use a stain removing solution by blotting the stain. Never rub a stain as this can push it deeper and more permanently into the rug.

Vacuum your sisal rug on a daily basis if it is in a high traffic area or at least once a week to keep dust and unwanted particles away form the rug. Avoid wearing shoes on a sisal rug as this can add unnecessary wear and tear to the carpet, aging it more quickly. Simply ask your guests to remove their shoes when visiting your home. Shampoo the sisal rug once every six months. After shampooing the carpet, turn it one complete turn clockwise to diversify the foot traffic pattern. This will keep even wear on the carpet so one portion of it doesn’t look more worn than another.

A few general tips to care for your rug is:

  • Rug pad extends rug life and protects floors.
  • Use rug indoors, away from high moisture areas.
  • To avoid fading, do not expose rug to direct sunlight.
  • Blot spills immediately using a dry absorbent cloth and do not allow water to soak rug.
  • Vacuum regularly to maintain best appearance.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the rug.
  • Do not pull loose ends. Clip scissors to remove.
  • Turn carpet around occasionally to equalize wear.
  • For hard-to-remove stains, professional rug cleaning is recommended.

Sisal area rugs require special attention and some extra care. If you follow these simple steps your sisal rug will treat you well and stay with your for many years to come. Remember to keep your sisal rug out of direct sunlight and away from humid or damp areas. This is probably the single most important aspect of caring for you sisal rug.

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Cleaning Tips

Bamboo area rugs are beautiful, eco-friendly and very versatile. After purchasing your bamboo area rug you’re left with the responsibility to care and maintain it. You probably bought a bamboo area rug because of its color, texture and durability and you’ll want to properly take care of it to keep it looking like new. The good news is that it doesn’t require much attention as other area rugs. Following a few basic steps can maintain your rug making it last a lifetime.

The easiest way to maintain it is to shake it out every day. If you don’t have a lot of foot traffic in your home or if the rug is in a room that doesn’t get used often, you can get away with shaking it out once a week. You can also use a vacuum to get up any loose debris or dust. The best type of vacuum to use on a bamboo area rug is a shop-vac. A shop-vac is very powerful and doesn’t use brushes or a spool – just air suction. If you have a traditional vacuum it’s best to use the arm extension than to use it upright. If you’re having difficulty getting some particles up, you may want to use a dust broom to loosen the particles that are stuck.

Rotate your bamboo area rug every six months to diversify the foot traffic pattern on the rug. Simply take the rug and turn it clockwise one turn. That means that the rug won’t repeat the same foot traffic pattern except every two years. This is an essential point to keeping your bamboo looking brand new.

If there are spills or other stains that make their way onto your bamboo area rug, clean them up immediately with a dry cloth or paper towel. Blot the stain to remove as much liquid as possible and then use a second dry cloth to press firmly on the stain. This will suck out as much of the spill as possible. While bamboo is semi-water resistant, you don’t want wet liquid to rest on your rug. If the stain isn’t liquid and is stuck to the bamboo, use a spoon to pull it up and then clean the area with hot soapy water. Use a hair dryer to dry the affected area quickly.

A few general tips to care for your rug is:

  • Rug pad extends rug life and protects floors.
  • Use rug indoors, away from high moisture areas.
  • To avoid fading, do not expose rug to direct sunlight.
  • Blot spills immediately using a dry absorbent cloth and do not allow water to soak rug.
  • Vacuum regularly to maintain best appearance.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the rug.
  • Do not pull loose ends. Clip scissors to remove.
  • Turn carpet around occasionally to equalize wear.
  • For hard-to-remove stains, professional rug cleaning is recommended.

You can also practice preventive measures to keep your bamboo area rug looking new. Keep your bamboo away from direct sunlight all day. If the rug is in an area that gets some sunlight exposure, that should be fine. You want to avoid excessive direct sunlight. If you use the bamboo rug outdoors, keep it stored indoors and keep your rug away from rain and highly humid areas. Keeping your bamboo area rug dry is essential to maintaining the longevity of the rug. Wipe your carpet down with a non-toxic, non-abrasive cleaning solution once a week to keep it dust free.

Tips on Caring for your Natural Area Rug

It’s bound to happen—someone spills a drink on your natural fiber rug or dirt is accumulating causing a dark stain.  Here are a few tips that will help you keep your natural area rug in great condition for years to come.

Use a Doormat- Using a doormat at your front door will help protect your rugs/carpet from outside dirt.

Vacuum Regularly- You should vacuum your rugs or carpet often with an upright vacuum to get rid of dust and dirt. You should especially pay attention to those high traffic areas.  Vacuuming daily or at least once a week is highly recommended.

Clean Spots and Spills Immediately- With a liquid spill, blot as much as you can with a clean white absorbent cloth.  Use a small amount so you don’t saturate the fiber.  Do not rub because you can embed the spill deeper into the fiber. With solids, get up as much as possible with a spoon and then use a small amount of detergent or household solvent to clean.  Be sure to work from the outside of the spot towards the center.

More tips on caring for and cleaning your natural area rugs.