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?

The Custom Rug Option

We here at Natural Area Rugs are proud to offer many types of custom and special order rugs.  With the growing trend of flooring that is simply a hard surface, rug sales have also seen an upswing.  As a result, retailers and suppliers are constantly finding creative new ways to offer their rugs in methods that are both effective and simple.

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The Process

This is something that is simple even though there are several steps involved.  First, we cut and then square the natural area rugs in the warehouse and then move them to a workroom where they can be bound in serge.   The custom rugs come to you complete with a backing that is made from Latex.

We can fabricate nearly any design and shape.  We have made L shaped rugs before, but the rectangle shaped rugs are the most popular ones.

Each one of our rugs is meticulously made with dedication and passion by artisan rug makers who use only the finest materials…in other words, the way that they should be made.  They are made right here in LA.

For natural rugs such as sisal rugs, seagrass rugs or even jute rugs, you are invited to visit us at http://www.naturalarearugs.com/sisal/customsizes.php for more details.

With open floor plans and so much hard flooring being used, there is a growing need for larger custom sized rugs that will be able to aesthetically define areas.  There are many patterns available so that your area rugs can be changed out as frequently as you want while still being affordable.

We offer custom options for style, size and even shapes of our natural rugs.  Choose from rounds, runners, squares and rectangles, and even octagon shapes. Also, bindings can be serged for rugs that will be used on stairs or a cotton canvas binding for all of our other custom rugs.  Larger size rugs are most popular right now and we can offer a maximum size of 13 feet wide by 90 feet long.

You can shop online with a form that is easy to use.  It includes a calculator that provides you with on the spot pricing information.  Your rug can be delivered within 3-5 business days and we offer free shipping.

This program suits the market of today.  When we started 30 years ago, the market was mostly for carpet that was wall to wall.  Now, the market has flipped and is mostly rugs.

This is an excellent program that uses good tools in order to get that on the spot pricing.  It is also extremely cost effective.  Ordering directly from us here at Natural Area Rugs means that there are fewer costs involved and less handling.

Just log on to your NAR account and then enter the product, shape, size, color and your choice for the edge finish and you will instantly get pricing and delivery information.  It is a process that is quick and simple.  We also have a sample page that shows a variety of natural styles with a spectrum of binding and serging options.

Consumers and designers alike can also gain access to a wide array of the natural materials right on our website.  The largest part of our custom rugs is bound natural fiber broadloom which gives the customers the greatest flexibility in terms of custom sizes, shapes and options in bindings.

Shopping for Area Rugs on a Budget

You know, realistically speaking, interior design can be pretty pricey.  Many people will go through an inestimable amount of Pinterest boards just to find out that their dream designs can cost as much, if not more, than their entire house.  This can, quite understandably, leave anyone feeling a bit of discouragement.  Things such as works of art, coffee tables, sofas, bedroom suites can all help you put a hurting on your wallet.  Even area rugs can be rather pricey…especially custom area rugs.  While we are not able to assist you with your sofa issues, we are a world leader when it comes to area rugs and as such, we can definitely help you find your custom rugs on a budget.

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Shop Online

Why would anyone look on the internet as opposed to physically going shopping out of your home?  Aside from the fact that stores online have an overhead that is lower and competition that is greater, you won’t need to get dressed, get in the car and drive to a shop only to battle traffic on the way and too many people in the shop when you get there.  In all actuality, in many instances, because of the competition and lower overhead, you will be able to get rock bottom prices online.  Additionally, you will find the largest selection and choice diversity.  You will be able to find the ideal custom rugs all without needing to leave your home.

So Many Choices

When it comes to looking for custom rugs, having patience is critical.  When you are doing your shopping online, you have so much freedom with things like comparing prices and finding out which deals are the best option.  You never need to settle AND for the savvy shopper who has a passion for getting the most for your money, you will be absolutely amazed at the deals you can find.  Before you begin your search, determine exactly what you can afford to spend and then start shopping around until you find the ideal custom rugs at the best prices.

Natural Rugs

Natural fiber rugs such as seagrass, sisal and wool, can sometimes be more expensive right at the outset.  The thing is though, they are the rugs that will give you the optimal return on your initial investment.  Not only will they last longer, they also age with grace and are the best choice for those who want durability and resistance to stains.  Since most of the time, area rugs are put in high foot traffic areas, being durable is a quality that custom rugs need to have.  Synthetic fibers tend to wear much more quickly than natural fibers and as a result, before you are nearly ready to, it will be time to go rug shopping again.

The natural custom rugs from www.Naturalarearugs.com will remain looking great for many years to come.

Rug Care 101

When you take care of your area rugs, you will be rewarded with them lasting a lifetime.  If you follow these tips for cleaning and caring for your area rugs, you can make them last.  All eyes might very well be on your new seagrass rugs and you want it to stay that way.  With only a bit of vigilance, you will be able to preserve the natural good looks of them, regardless if they are sisal rugs, jute rugs or even your seagrass rugs.

Deco Sisal Rug

The care and cleaning requirements for area rugs will depend on the way they are made as well as what they are made from.  However, there are some things that do apply to all types of rugs regardless of what they are made from, how they are made or what they cost.

  • Use a pad underneath your rug. Rug pads will improve the appearance of the rug while also preventing it from slipping.  Anytime you use a rug pad, it needs to be about an inch smaller than the rug you will be using it under – don’t count any fringe in the length of the rug – so that it will not show.
  • Vacuum your area rugs lightly on a weekly basis. Don’t forget to vacuum the underside of it either.  If the rug is in an area that gets a lot of traffic, you will want to vacuum it more often.  If the rug has any fringe, don’t vacuum the fringe.  Keep the integrity of your rugs intact by using an upright style vacuum cleaner and by making sure that the beater bar is at the highest level.  Alternatively, if you have a stick vacuum or canister vacuum, these are less abrasive.
  • Don’t expose your area rugs to sunlight or heat for long periods of time.
  • Rotate your rugs on a regular basis so that they will wear evenly.
  • Have them cleaned professionally. This will depend on where the rug is located as well as on how much foot traffic it gets, but as a rule of thumb, once a year should be often enough.
  • Make sure that you take care of any stains as soon as possible. Use a clean, absorbent, white cloth and blot the stains immediately.  Do not rub the stain or use any type of product that contains silicone because these things will accelerate the soiling.

Anytime you get a special, natural rug that is made from things like seagrass, sisal or jute, they will last longer if you take proper care of them.  This type of area rug can make many types of statements as far as design goes.  Keep them looking great for years to come and your investment in them will pay off in the long run.

How to Shop for Antique Area Rugs

Antique area rugs can be a stunning companion in any room in your home.  They add an instant source of elegance and satisfaction.  From artistic Persian creations to ornate Oriental designs to all natural area rugs, these rugs can save the best of history so that you can enjoy it in your own home.

With an antique area rug, you get the unique chance to actually live with a piece of history while you can also enjoy the fine lines and the craftsmanship of these fine rugs that were woven by hand.  When you are looking for antique rugs, try to find ones that are more than 100 years old and hand woven.

Since these antique rugs have already proven that they can stand the test of time, you know exactly how they will perform and look for the foreseeable future.  These antique area rugs will be unique not just in their design but also in their size.  You will come to find that there are not many antique rugs that will mesh with the standard area rug sizes that we see today.  Also, most of them are simple in their shape…they will typically be a rectangle.

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Things to Look for with Antique Area Rugs

You can easily tell which rugs were made by a machine and which ones were made by hand.  A handmade rug will have a design that you will be able to see on both sides.  They will also have knots in the back of them that may have gotten flattened out over the years.  Also, there is no standard size for antique rugs so each rug will be absolutely unique.

Typically, you will find that antique rugs have been made from eco – friendly and renewable materials such as cotton, silk or wool.  Sisal rugs are also great.  The colors that have a tendency to fade quickly are reds and yellows.  This means that if an area rug has bright, vivid reds and/or yellows, it is not antique.  Also, check the amount of knots on the back of it.  More knots means that the quality and weaving are better.

Stay away from rugs that are dry, that crack when they are bent or appear to have been repaired.  An antique area rug should feel soft.  They will not have any sort of backing.  Machine made rugs and reproductions will have a backing.

Keep in mind that antique are rugs will be more costly when they are handmade as opposed to being machine made or a reproduction.  In order to find antique area rugs that are authentic, you should consider working with a rug appraiser who has been certified.  These appraisers have a code of ethics that means that they will give you feedback that is honest which will enable you to make a buying decision that is sound.