How to Clean Your Natural Area Rug

We receive many calls and emails from rug owners asking us how to clean their rugs. With the proper maintenance, rugs from Natural Area Rugs will last awhile.

If you want a rug that requires minimal maintenance, we suggest a natural fiber rug. Environmentally friendly and durable, natural fiber rugs are made from hair-like materials that resemble thread. They are made from plant and animal sources as opposed to synthetic fibers which are artificial. Examples of natural fiber rugs include jute, sisal, seagrass, and wool.

Seagrass, sisal, and jute rugs are the easiest to care for. We recommend vacuuming your rug once a week go with and against the weaving. If a spill does occur blot it up immediately with a dry cloth. If the stain is stubborn dampen the cloth with soda water and try again. Rubbing the stain will only expand the affected area and the stain will set. Don’t use any harsh chemicals as this could ruin your rug.

It is not recommended that you put natural fiber rugs in areas with moisture and humidity. These areas can cause the natural area rugs to expand or shrink causing damage to your rug. Therefore, the kitchen, bathroom, and basement are not good areas to place your rug. Try the living room, bedroom, or home office. If you do live in a particularly humid area, we suggest purchasing a spray protector to help the rug from absorbing moisture.

Wool rugs are a bit harder to clean than other natural fiber rugs. Begin by beating your wool rug outside with a rug beater. It’s important that you beat it hard to get out all the dirt that may be embedded in the rug. Then, proceed to sweep your rug and vacuum it twice a week. If the wool rug is placed in a high traffic area it’s recommended that the rug owner rotates the rug 180 degrees every month. If the wool rug is in a low traffic area, once a year is more than enough.

Steam cleaning is recommended twice a year, but only use water. If a spill occurs blot it up immediately with paper towels. Rubbing the stain can cause the wool to become matted over time. If a stain is particularly tough use a cleaning foam or Woolite. Never use oxygen based cleaners. These cleaners are extremely harsh and can damage your rug.

Cowhide patchwork rugs are bought for their texture and their uniqueness. No two cowhide patchwork rug is the same. Unlike the other rugs mentioned, cowhide patchwork rugs are a little harder to maintain. We don’t recommend putting a cowhide patchwork rug in a high traffic area as it will wear the rug down quickly. We also don’t recommend placing your rug in a sunny area as the sun can cause the color in your rug to fade.

Do not dry clean or machine wash your cowhide patchwork rug. Instead, brush it with a hard plastic brush. This will keep the hair soft and fluffy while removing dirt. To clean, wipe the rug with a damp cloth with mild soap. Make sure the cloth is not wet and the soap does not contain alkaline. Do not soak the rug. After you’ve cleaned it, it is important to vacuum it or give it a good shake to get out any dirt that may still be in the rug. Spill do occur and it’s important to blot up the spill with a sponge or paper towel immediately. If the stain is persistent we recommended using mild soap.

The rugs we sell are durable and are known for their longevity. When taken care of they will last you for many years. Whether you purchase a seagrass, jute, or cowhide patchwork rug, it’s important to follow these instructions carefully to get the most out of your rug.

Secure your Family with a Rug Pad

A rug pad is a material pad that you place under your area rugs throughout your home for a variety of reasons. You may have purchased the rug of your dreams and may have not known that a rug pad is essential to the rugs longevity. Buying rug pad to secure your family and the value of the rug is just as important as buying a quality rug. The rug pad can make or break your experience with the area rug you’ve purchased.

Rug pads can help in different ways. First, a rug pad protects the rug itself, adding more life to the rug. The rug pad absorbs the impact from people walking on the carpet, therefore reduces the wear and tear it receives on a daily basis. This is especially true if you allow people to wear shoes in your home. Shoes can be an area rugs worst nightmare. Shoes are much harder on the fibers of a rug in comparison to bare feet. A rug pad can help reduce the chances of wearing the carpet earlier than expected.

Secondly, the rug pad adds comfort to your area rugs. If the area rug is placed on a hard floor such as tile, it could hurt your back after years of walking on it. A rug pad creates a cushion under the rug, making it more comfortable to walk on. If you have little kids or older people living your home, the rug pad can make it comfortable for young or old feet to walk on the rug.

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Create Variety in Your Home

You want your home to look current and up to date with the season’s styles.  A great way to accomplish this is to add an area rug. This is an inexpensive way to add style to your home. Tip: find a discount style and avoid paying full price. An area rug is a simple way to really spruce up your home and stay current with the latest home trends!

Have you considered seasonal decorating?  A great way to keep your living space looking finished is to add a seasonal theme. In the spring, a floral rug could do just the trick – or in the holiday season consider a rich red and green look. If you change rugs seasonally, your room will always look new and fresh.  It is a great way to really get into the different holiday seasons, and make a home feel vibrant and festive.

If you aren’t into switching your decorating themes with the seasons, consider changing between a modern look and a more traditional look.  A discount area rug can also be used to do this! Area rugs provide so much variety and style – you could easily accomplish a new look whether it be contemporary, country, or traditional. Especially if your living space is already adorned with classic or neutral furniture, changing the floor rug will create a brand new look.

Natural area rugs are a fabulous way to accessorize. In addition to being simple and inexpensive, the variety they can provide is a huge bonus! The next time you are looking to change up a living space, remember that discount area rugs are a great option.

Rugs Can be Kind to the Environment Too

There is undeniably a “green” trend that has become popular in recent years. Consequently, environmentally friendly home accessories are becoming a bigger priority.  Natural area rugs are a great and easy way to help the environment and redecorate your home!

Eco-friendly rugs are cost effective in the long run. Most eco-friendly rugs are composed of sustainable materials such as wool, bamboo, and jute. These natural materials will ensure that your eco-friendly rug is long lasting!

Wool is absolutely the most eco-friendly and sustainable material for rugs. This is because wool is a naturally renewable resource (as sheeps grow wool year round). Consequently, using wool to make a rug doesn’t have a significant effect on the environment.  Wool is long- lasting, visually charming, and can compliment a variety of decors – making it the perfect way to enhance the eco-friendliness of your home.

There are several benefits to jute eco-friendly rugs and bamboo rugs. For example, jute is the softest of all the natural fibers. Additionally, it is an inexpensive natural fiber! Like the other sustainable materials used to make rugs, jute is also long lasting. Bamboo is also an important option to consider. A bamboo rug can add texture and character to brighten up a room.

The most important thing to research when considering an eco-friendly rug is the materials that were used to form the rug.  Keep in mind that ideally your rug will utilize materials that have a small effect on the environment and are additionally a natural renewable resource. If you choose a rug that fit this criteria, you will definitely be helping out the environment!