How to Clean a Seagrass Rug

Seagrass rugs are extraordinarily simple to care for. They aren’t very absorbent, which means spills can be wiped up immediately without soaking into the stiff fibers. Dirt doesn’t cling to seagrass, so a regular care plan should keep your rug looking beautiful for years. Never use a steam cleaner or a carpet shampoo to wash your rug. Because seagrass is a natural fiber, steam and moisture will weaken the material and can cause it to warp and lose its shape.

Regular Vacuuming

The easiest way to keep a seagrass rug looking new is to vacuum it regularly. Vacuuming will remove the dirt particles that can work their way into the rug and damage it over time. Removing dirt from the surface of the rug will keep it looking clean and new. Continue reading

How to Clean a Jute Rug

Jute is a very popular choice for area rugs and floor coverings because it is more durable than cotton but is still very soft. Rugs made from jute are sturdy and can stand up to wear and tear. They are also frequently woven thick, which creates a cushiony feel when you step on them. Another great thing about jute rugs is that they are eco–friendly; they are made of a material that is 100 percent biodegradable and is highly sustainable since jute plants grow very quickly. Continue reading

Recommended Rugs for Homes with Babies

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Whether you are decorating a play area or a nursery, you might be in the market for a new area rug.  If so, you may have run into a roadblock when it comes to finding options that are non – toxic.  Although they might be a bit more difficult to locate, there are rugs on the market that are safer than others…you just need to have the ability to deal with such things as the lack of a showroom and a price tag that might be a bit higher than what you expect.

Why is it that the majority of area rugs and carpets on the market options that are unhealthy?  The reason is that rugs and carpets tend to be made from PET, nylon or polypropylene.  Carpets and area rugs made from these materials can emit toxic of – gassing and they are nearly all given a backing that uses chemicals such as 4 – phenyl cyclohexane  (4 – PCH – this is the chemical that the new carpet smell comes from), Styrene and PVC.  The backing on carpeting or area rugs might also contain something called Benzene.  While Styrene is a possible carcinogen for humans, Benzene IS a carcinogen for humans.  In other words, you want to stay away from these chemicals.  Additionally, these rugs and carpets can be treated with other chemicals including flame retardants, naphthalene (moth repellant), dyes and stain repellants.

Don’t worry though because there are options that are healthier.  There are natural alternatives to rugs and carpets made from synthetic materials.  Because natural fiber carpets are made without using toxic chemicals, there is little to no off – gassing that occurs with them.  Regardless of whether you choose rugs that are all natural or synthetic, you should look for ones that have met CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) Green Label Plus requirements.  These requirements specify the emission limits for chemicals that are used with carpets, adhesives, rugs and cushions.  To meet approval for this, carpet products are measured for 13 chemical emissions and adhesives for 15 chemicals.

Luckily for those health and eco – friendly minded parents, there are all natural area rugs that will brighten up any space…including play areas and nurseries.  You can see these healthier, more eco – friendly choices at Natural Area Rugs.  You will see that there are quite a few different options when it comes to natural rugs.  Choose from materials such as jute, sisal, wool and more.  These rugs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and even in color options.  In fact, regardless of what you are looking for, you will be able to find a natural area rug that will fit the bill with no problems at all.

How to Choose the Right Rug Color for Your Living Space

Area rugs can be tricky but finding the right one can add the perfect finishing touch to any space.  On the other hand, choosing the wrong one can leave the space feeling unfinished or even awkward.  Considering the fact that area rugs can be expensive, making the decision on the right one is something that you want to be sure of.  When you are in the market for a new area rug, there are three main things to keep in mind.

Color

The obvious starting point will be the color of the rug.  If you already have a pattern or color scheme in the space where the rug will be going, you may want to choose a rug that has a single color.  That color should be either a shade that will complement what you already have going on in that space or a neutral color.  On the other hand, if you want to decorate around the rug, choose the rug first and then add complementary accessories and furnishings.

A rug can be as important as the furniture in a room.  Be sure to consider the shades in y
our walls, flooring and other finishes when you are choosing one.  You don’t need to be afraid to choose bright colors or bold patterns though as this can be just what your space needs to take the look of it to the next level of style.

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Texture

If there is one thing that is often overlooked when choosing area rugs, it is the texture.  However, this is a vital element.  Rooms that have a mixture of various textures can feel layered and rich.  An easy way to get that look is with the texture of an area rug.  Allow the finishes of your furniture be a guide.  Aim for rugs that will contrast these finishes.  If you have soft fabrics such as velvet, go with a harder material for the area rug…something like sisal.bohemian-red

Size

This is the easiest part of choosing an area rug.  If you are looking for a large one, it needs to fit the seating area of the room that it is meant for.  The idea is to have the furniture on the rug but it can also include just the front legs of the furniture.  The idea here is for your feet to be on the rug when you are seated as opposed to on the bare floor or carpet.

Keeping these things in mind when you are shopping for an area rug will mean that you are staying on the right path.  Check out all of the gorgeous, eco – friendly rugs at Natural Area Rugs for a wide variety of high – quality options.heritage

Your Holiday Guide to Emergency Rug Care 101

We’ve made it through the Thanksgiving bend and are rapidly moving into Christmas and New Year’s territory, which means plenty more parties and family gatherings to host! Amidst all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook one thing your guests are sure to notice: your rugs. If you’re like most of us, you won’t catch the Thanksgiving gravy stain on your rug until the last minute, but don’t worry! We’re here to help you get holiday-host ready with emergency rug care 101. Rug cleaning supplies

Those Thanksgiving Leftovers That Stuck Around

For food or beverage stains that have been lingering since Thanksgiving (or even last year’s holiday feast), a strategic combination of baking soda, water and white vinegar can perform Christmas miracles. Before completing these steps, first test the process on a low-profile section of your rug to check for any adverse reactions.

Step 1: If there’s crusted on food on your rug, first gently remove it with warm water and just a drop of dish soap. Be careful not to scrub too hard or you may damage your rug fibers! Blot out all soap suds with cool water and allow the spot to dry completely before moving on to step 2.

Step 2: Sprinkle just enough baking soda on your rug to cover the stain.

Step 3: Mix two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of white vinegar and, using a spray bottle, spritz a little of the mixture onto the stain.

Step 4: Step back and watch it fizz! Let the baking soda mixture soak in your rug for 5-10 minutes.

Step 5: Gently scrub at the stain with a brush

Step 6: Use a cloth and a little warm water to blot the area and soak up the remaining baking soda and vinegar.

Your Beloved Nephew’s Latest Spill

You watched it all happen in slow motion: the cup tumbled from your nephew’s hand, red juice sloshing out and falling to your beautiful, cream wool rug under the inevitable influence of gravity. The number one factor of keeping that from turning into a stain is to act fast!

Step 1: For wet spills, grab a cloth and blot at the stain – don’t rub it! Scrubbing at this stage will just embed the invading food or beverage deeper into your area rug.

For dry spills, reach for the vacuum and for semi-solids like chocolate and mashed potatoes scoop it up with a spoon or butter knife.

Step 2: Blot the spill with cool water, then blot dry.

Step 3: Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with tepid water and begin gently wiping at the stain from the edges inward using a sponge or soft brush. If you scrub from the inside out, the mark will only spread.

Step 4: Blot with cool water to remove all soap, then blot dry.

The After-Party Cleanup

Area rugs made from natural fibers like jute, sisal and seagrass will provide you many long, happy years of use if you take good care of them.

Step 1: It’s best to lightly vacuum your area rugs once a week, but after the intense foot traffic of a holiday party they’ll need some TLC. Set your beater bar to the highest level, don’t vacuum the fringe and don’t forget the underside!

Step 2: Take care of any stains or spills before they’ve had too much time to set in.

Step 3: Consider bringing in a professional. Depending on the amount of foot traffic your rugs get, they should be professionally cleaned about once a year. What better time than after the holidays when they’ve gotten a lot of use?