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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Rugs

Posted on September 10, 2016

Rugs are an easy solution to animate your décor, and add a bright focal point for your room. They provide cushioning under your feet in a room with hardwood flooring, help divide rooms into sections, and shield areas of heavy wear on your carpets as well as your floors. Here we have devised a buying guide on how to choose a rug that best conforms to your specific palate and requisites.

 

 

Why Should You Buy a Rug?

Rugs provide a covering for your floors and are gentle on your feet. Rugs are versatile; they can be used from anything like spicing up your interiors to help divide or tie together spaces and rooms. They also provide protection for your floors in areas that encounter heavy foot traffic like your hallways or entrances, and can also protect your landing against hard floor surfaces.

What is important to remember is that there are various reasons for why you should be investing in a rug for your home. A rug serves not just as a décor selective, but can also prove to be a very functional piece of furnishing to have around the house. Below listed, are some of the reasons for why you should purchase one:

Décor

Contemporary rugs are as popular as ever today. And, it is no surprise that they have grown in popularity largely as a choice of decoration. Rugs come in so many enticing avatars, colors, shapes and designs that they can appease any and every kind of demographic that wishes to get their hands on one. Rugs can come in machine printed catalogues that feature ornate mannerisms and characters, or in traditional rustic avatars.  Rugs can instantly transform a mundane living or dining area into a happening one.

Soundproofing

Wall-to-wall installation of rugs can be done for decorative reasons for sure. But, another captivating feature of such a covering is the soundproofing characteristics of the furnishings. This is because the fibres in the rug act as natural (or artificial) sound buffer that decimates the sound that would otherwise be reflected off hardwood or laminate flooring surfaces. This helps is creating a quieter and cosier atmosphere.

Cuddly Protection

One of bonuses of owning a rug is getting the pleasing sensation of a soft cushioning under your feet. Whether your rug is used in partnership with your carpet or placed directly on your hardwood or laminate floors, it provides an additional layer of cushioning for your floor and feet. This is not just about organic feelings though, as having such a protective layer of covering is very functional for a household that boasts of little children who are prone to running around the house and patch can end up falling over and injuring themselves on the otherwise flattened and hard surfaces of your floor.

Insulation

You may envision hard flooring as a practical alternative, and consider rugs a luxury; but truth be told, rugs can be just as everyday as your hardwood floors. What is more is that rugs also offer insulation for your home, that left alone floors do not. Once again, the fibres present in the rugs are packed together closely enough to keep the heat trapped during winter months. This does not mean that during the summer the rooms will get hotter, as they do not trap more heat than the outside sun, and maintain a cool temperature inside, even if it is blistering outside.

Air Filtration

For generations we have been led to believe the notion that having a rug or a carpet at home is likely to increase the amount of dust and debris collection inside your walls. Rugs were therefore, almost always left out of the furnishings in any household that housed any members with respiratory ailments in fear of triggering an attack.

Such myths have now been put to rest thanks to recent studies that state there are fewer air borne allergens present in homes that deploy rugs than there are in non-carpeted homes. Studies have proven now that rugs actually act as an air filter that can capture air borne contaminants and keep the air in your home free from their influence.

So, how does a rug help better the quality of air you breathe? As you walk around the hard wood floors of your house, it disturbs the dust and allergens on the floor surface, whilst allowing the particles to be air borne and fly closer to a person’s breathing zone. Instead, by walking on a piece of rug, you can prevent this event from occurring, as the dirt and dust particles are accumulated at the base of the rug. The fibres in the rug manage to successfully trap the pollutants and this helps keep them away from triggering attacks.

By strategically placing rugs around your rooms, you can help with the air filter inside your house. You can guard the areas that encounter the heaviest traffic by foot, like the doorways or entrance ways, by a rug that will aid in the effective filtration of dirt that comes entrenched in the shoes as someone comes inside from the outdoors. This will help you greatly reduce the chances of exposure to allergens for you and your loved ones.

Some other handy uses for rugs include protecting your floors when placed over a carpet and, protecting your carpet from dirt that comes accumulated from the underside of the shoes, as well as protection against abrasions from heavy foot traffic. Rugs also serve to protect against spillage encountered whilst dining or drinking. Rugs can protect your carpets and elongate their lifespans as well, and it is much easier to replace a rug than a carpet.

 

The Various Types of Weaves for Your Rug

The weave of your rug is one of the most important criterions for you to consider before you decide to invest in one. This will determine various aspects like how it will feel under your feet to how it will wear down over time. Below listed, are some of the most common categories of rug weaves you will generally come to see in the market today:

Hand-Knotted Rugs

The beau monde of the rug dynasty, hand knotted rugs can be considered the truest for rugs. Chances are when you have thought of rugs in the past, the form that instantly comes to your mind is the hand knotted weave. These rugs are produced using ancient techniques that have stood the test of time, and are often hand crafted with the best materials and have the best craftsmen work on them. They do not shy away when it comes to design or color variations either, and are available in a variety of forms to please almost everyone.

If you do decide to go for one, you are sure to enjoy the luxury of a thorough design and a fine weave in a hand-knotted rug. Their construction usually displays an exquisitely dense pile for high-quality craftsmanship.

Hand knotted rugs are built on a vertical frame called the hand knotting loom. Using this loom, piers of threads are hanged from the top and stretched. These are in turn called warp threads and they act as the groundwork for the rug. This technique of weaving allows for the formation of fringe ends for the rug, and are often labelled as a tell-tale sign of the rug’s longevity. This kind of meticulous hand crafted methodology in its production lends these types of rugs the durability they are so associated with. One drawback of it is the amount of time it takes in production because of the time required to weave each thread by hand individually, making it labour as well as time intensive. Hand-knotted rugs are a great choice for any area of your house you choose to lay them on, but be wary of paying the highest price too.

Tufted Rugs

Although, both the hand-knotted and the hand-tufted rugs are hand-made, that is where their similarity ends. The manufacturing processes of both types of rugs differ not just in complexity, but also in the creation time as well as the skills required in manufacturing it. Hand-tufted rugs are manufactured by punching individual yarns through a fabric sheet by the help of a tufting gun. Once laying the first layer is completed, a second fabric is glued to the back that can set the yarns in their place. Hand tufted rugs do not use the finest quality of materials in their build processes as hand knotted rugs do; but many still consider hand tufted rugs the cheaper alternative to hand knotted ones, and prefer it over machine tufted rugs. Durability is an USP for the hand-tufted rug and each individual piece is incredibly resilient over time. Bold designs usually come to life in hand-tufted rugs.

These rugs offer handicraft quality at an attractive price, and are often seen a value-for-money alternative of the hand knotted rug. Tufted rugs can also be machine made. Due to their cut pile designs, they usually yield a strong texture. Hand tufted rugs come available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors just like its hand knotted cousins, but you should be wary of one thing if you decide to opt for one— tufted rugs are known to shed, especially newly bought ones. You may have to spend some time vacuuming before the shedding actually stops.

Hooked Rugs

The fundamental difference between hand-tufted and hooked rugs is basically about the surface pile on the rug. Hooked rugs display loops whereas tufted rugs just have a cut pile instead of the loops. Even though manufacturers and producers use similar hooking and looping processes into a yarn and onto a loosely woven rug back material; hand tufted rugs may also involve the use of a shuttle. A shuttle is a small manually operated device that aids in speeding up the rug-hooking process. Hooked rugs are also primarily handmade and use a crochet hook like hook in its creation. Some hooked rugs also come as a hybrid of loops as well as cut piles on their surfaces. Usually, a coating of liquid latex is often applied to its back after completion, and that serves to protect the stiches and provides cushioning.

Flatwoven Rugs (Dhurrie Rugs)

Flatwoven Rugs or Dhurrie Rugs refer to flair of rugs that resemble more of a mat than a rug. Their most distinct feature entails them being made without piles. Flatweave rugs are also available in a multitude of options with wool, cotton and synthetics being the popular choices in terms of material. Large regular patterns like symmetrical shapes or stripes come alive in a flatwoven rug. Dhurrie rugs are also lighter in weight than most of their cousins. They are also considerably cheaper than hand knotted rugs, and are a good value for money choice for a contemporary household.

Dhurrie rugs are very durable, but you would be best advised to use them in tandem with a rug pad as they come devoid of any backing. One nifty trick you can utilize when working with flatwoven rugs is that since most dhurrie rugs are designed with reversible patterns, such that the pattern is visible from both sides; you can flip them and keep on using them if one side gets too grimy.

Machine-made Rugs

The fact that most types of rugs are available in many options has already been established. Machine-made rugs take this versatility to the next level owing to their ease of production. They are the most common, popular and affordable type of rug available in the market today.

Machine-made rugs encompass everything from cut-pile panaches to flokati rugs and faux hides, and are usually woven on power looms. Power looms are devices that help with the fast manufacture of rugs and can be automated via machines or computers. Due to the usage of machines in the production procedure, elaborate patterns are easier to reproduce and the quality is consistent for each specific item. Machine made rugs can pretty much imitate any of the patterns visible on the hand woven ones, and build on them. Machine-made rugs open up a plethora of design, variety, shapes and colors like to you no other.

Machine made rugs are typically manufactured quickly with the aid of synthetic materials like nylon, polypropylene, acrylic and art silk. Art silk is the common pseudonym for artificial silk or any other synthetic fibre that bears a resemblance to silk. Frequently, it is used as a synonym for rayon. Art silk typically costs much less to produce than silk and hence, its popularity. The usage of these artificial synthetic fibres typically offers prodigious stain resistance capabilities for these rugs, but you would be advised to use them in areas that encounter the lowest foot traffic. If you do your research right, you could also find yourself stumbling upon durable variations of the machine-made rug for areas with heavier foot traffic.

Typically machine made rugs cost much less than conventional hand woven rugs, making it within the means of everyone’s budget. Even though, they have a much smaller lifespan than their hand woven counterparts, they are easy to replace and do not feel like a pinch on the pocket.

 

 

The Various Types of Materials for Your Rug

When out and about to purchase a rug, the material you choose is probably the most important decision you will be required to make. This decision needs to be well thought out and planned. You should consider firstly, the rug qualities that you are looking for in the space you intend to put it in. For example, if you are buying a rug for the living room, where lots of people come and go every day, you may want durability to be at the top of your agenda. If you are looking to buy a rug for a more intimate space, like your bed room, then you may value the softness of how it will feel under your feet to give you that feeling of comfort and cosiness.

It is valuable to know that the material you opt for your rug also affects the style of rug you will be getting your hands on. Some materials like cotton or jute, provide an inherent casual vibe while expensive materials like silk or chenille are more adept at creating a more formal and elegant ambience. Various rug materials offer various levels of elasticity, durability, stain resistance, and value. Below listed are the list of materials you could consider when making a purchase:

Wool:

This is the most commonly used material in the process of weaving rugs.

Wool has long since been heralded for its durable yet soft, and stain resistance capabilities. Rugs made out of wool are also known to have good heat retention as well as insulation properties. Woollen rugs are known to shed however, especially when new and with tufted weaving, and might require regular vacuuming. If you aren’t prepared to deal with the shedding but still want a woollen rug, you could always go for the looped-fibre rugs that have a construction methodology which hides the tops of the fibre strands in the rug, and thus it is better protected against the wear and tear it might encounter over a period of time. 

Woollen rugs make a great choice for high foot traffic areas like living rooms or hallways, or places where you or your guests are more likely to spill something like the dining room or the kitchen. One additional feature of most woollen rugs based on the quality of rug you are buying, is that they soak up humidity in your room.

Wool is a natural fibre that is warm and feels cuddly under your feet, and it doesn't flatten easily. Woollen rugs are known to last for decades, but you may have to pay for the durability. High quality Persian rugs made out of wool can cost as much as your house. But, cheaper quality woollen rugs are also available in the market, and you could surf around till you find the one that suits your budget. Wool also displays some fire-repellent qualities, but you should check if somebody in your family is allergic to wool, before you get a woollen rug.

Cotton:

Cotton is like the android of rug weaving materials.

Much like the google-powered operating system offers a versatile, low-maintenance, and easy to get your hands on alternative to more closed smartphone operating systems like the iOS; cotton does the same in the context of rugs. Cotton rugs are very less likely to shed than their woollen counterparts but they are also not as durable as wool.

Cotton is the most frequently used material for making flat-weave rugs such as dhurries and kilims. Cotton is machine wash ready, but you should be wary that cotton piles can sometimes be felted and attract dirt and pollutants easily. Cotton made rugs are ideal for kitchens, children’s rooms, and casual spaces.

Silk:

Rugs made out of silk offer you a luxurious choice that exudes a natural sheen that makes it look glossy combined with a wool –like softness that make them perfect for intimate spaces.

Silk is generally more expensive than other rug materials like wool or cotton, but are generally more delicate than those materials. High quality silk though often come with tear-resistant fibres that ensure their durability. There are a lot of knock-off silk versions that will allow you to get your hands on alternative options to silk like the bamboo silk, banana silk or art silk (synthetic artificial silk), all of which offer a similar look and feel to the original material at an affordable price.

Silk rugs make a great option for bedrooms or areas with less foot traffic, but you should remember, they are a little sensitive to moisture.

Chenille:

Chenille is a rug material that is like a tufted velvety cord or yarn.

Originating somewhere in France, Chenille provides a velvety surface for your rug and can be made out of cotton, silk, wool, or rayon by using a twisting process wherein long fibre strands are twisted at an angle around the base fibres that helps create a very luxurious material. Chenille is recognized around the world for its amazingly soft and textured appearance and often put on a pedestal as a symbol or aristocracy.

Chenille is thick, fuzzy and soft. They are known for the amazing range of colours they can be produced in. Chenille rugs are known for their sense of grandeur, but due to its frail texture, they are absolutely not recommended for high foot traffic areas.

Chenille is a tufted velvety cord or yarn. Chenille yarn is quite thick, soft, and fuzzy. Chenille area rugs are known for their softness and the range of colors that the fabric yields. However, because of its softness and gentleness, Chenille fabric is not typically recommended for high-traffic areas.

Natural Fibres:

Natural fibres encompass rug materials like sisal, jute, seagrass and bamboo.

These sort of natural fibres are more commonly seen in flat weave or braided rugs. Natural fibres are bio degradable and are among the most affordable materials available for rug production. You should be mindful that some natural fibres like jute and sisal come with a prickly texture that may feel irritable under your feet. They are best suited for indoor usage where there is less likelihood of spillage, as they can sometimes be a little difficult to clean.

The easy casualness of natural fibre made rugs make them an ideal choice for a beach house or a cosy cottage-style ambience. Jute as a material is most coarse and firm, can be a little uncomfortable underfoot and is not ideal for households with small children. Sisal provides a flatter, finer surface, but it still displays a frayed rope-like texture. Seagrass on the other hand, is the not that scratchy and is also the most pliable natural fibre. Seagrass rugs can also be cleaned without leaving behind a watermark, but these rugs are not recommended to be in high-moisture spaces, as it may be difficult to clean the stains.

Bamboo as a rug material does not offer the same warmth or cushioning like it fabric cousins, and they are fundamentally just flat wooden mats. They can withstand years of usage and are amazing to use in areas that encounter high foot traffic like the entranceways. Bamboo rugs might be difficult to clean sometimes, but they can provide an alternative hardwood look for your floors in spaces you desire. Bamboo rugs are also a smart option for households with allergy prone members.

Synthetic Fibres:

Synthetic Fibres are materials that are procured from polymers using a chemical process.

They can imitate the qualities of a natural fibre for a lower price, but generally have a shorter life span and are unable to hold their charm for a long duration of time. Synthetic fibres are often embedded with non-porous fibre strands that give them good stain resisting capabilities, but the strands are more prone to crushing under pressure due to the lack of their natural resiliency.

Rugs made out of synthetic Fibres like acrylic, polypropylene, nylon, rayon, olefin, sunbrella, etc. are not commonly made to be valuable investment pieces; instead they offer superior value-for-money possibilities making them eligible to be replaced frequently with trending styles without being a burden on your pocket.

First developed in the middle part of the previous century, acrylic is an artificial synthetic polymer made by man. Acrylic has an inherent silky gloss that makes it pretty attractive to look at. This material usually holds its color for a long duration of time, is very affordable, easy to clean, and is mildew as well as moth resistant. Acrylic rugs have typically grown popular as an alternative to woollen rugs, but are not as durable as the natural fibre it imitates.

Polypropylene is a sturdy, easy to color, as well as mildew and moth resistant fibre that is regularly used in the production of rugs. It provides good stain resistance capabilities and is easy to clean, on top of being durable as well as affordable. This is one of the most popular synthetic materials in use today and has gained popularity because of its color retention capabilities as well as resisting moisture.

Olefin is a variation of the polypropylene, synthetic polymer that is often used in rug production. Like its other synthetic cousins, it is also a strong, has color fast and color retention characteristics and is mildew as well as a moth resistant fibre. They also offer resistance to moistures.

Rayon is procured by a process of extracting cellulose from wood or cotton. Because it requires natural resources in its creation process, it is often referred to as a semi-synthetic material. Rayon is one of the oldest manufactured fibres in the world, with its origins dating back to the late 1800’s. Viscose and artificial silk are examples of rayon in rug building materials. Rayon is a breathable and cool material, and it also takes color easily.

Nylon is possible the most common type of synthetic fibre used in rug manufacturing. Nylon was the first wholly synthetic fibre to be manufactured in the early 1900’s. Its characteristics include easy-to-clean, moth and mildew resistant, takes color easily, and is the most durable among synthetic rug materials.

First developed in the mid 1900’s, Sunbrella has evolved into being one of the most trusted materials for rugs in indoor or outdoor usage. It is made from acrylic fibres and its features include durable, color fast, mildew resistant as well as easy to clean.

Animal Hides and Skins:

Used for ages to cover floors, animal hides and skins have been used for their functionality as well as artistic drives. Today, they are growing in popularity due to their easy of accessibility as an accepted by product of the food and beverage industry.

Commonly accessible as hides, rugs made out of leather are created by weaving together individual strips of leather or suede in order to create a rug that visually resembles a quilt. Leather can also be used to build shag styled rugs. Leather rugs are masculine, but often come accompanied by a typical smell initially. They are good to be used in bachelor pads or man caves, or rustic areas like a trophy room or a library. They are not ideal for usage in damp or humid conditions.

Sheep are another example of an animal that has been reared for ages by humans as they sought of ways to fight off the cold and the environment. Sheepskins are popularly used in bedrooms, children’s nurseries and children’s rooms. They feel smooth and luxurious under your feet and can double up as a piece of decoration when placed over another rug. Sheepskins have been known to be difficult to clean, and often require professional intervention.

 

Selecting the Correct Rug Size

One of the most common causes that rugs are discarded or returned after purchase is inappropriate size selection. Picking the correct sized rug to fill up a space is essential to making both the rug and your room look the best it can be. One of the most common mistakes that consumers make like determining the apt rug size is only taking into account the size of the room, when you should really also account for the furniture present in your room, as well as their placement around the space.

An ideal sized rug works to balance the ambience of the whole room, and can transform a dull or mundane room into a subtly stylized space. However, inept rug dimensions, whether it is bigger or smaller than the requisite, might leave you with a room that feels incoherent or unfinished. Here are some tips to help you select the right sized rug in any room:

Living Room

If you are furnishing your rug for a living room, your rug should ideally be at the centre of your room, or at least a space that brings together the whole room. If you have read our blog on the same topic, you might already know the options you have while placing furniture around your room. The rule of thumb entails leaving 18 to 24 inches between the wall and your rug. Typically, living room rugs are 5x8, 8x10, or 9x12 feet in dimension. Here are some of the most commonly used placement options and the rug dimensions you would require for them.

  • Placing all the furniture off the Rug: We suggest using a rug that is at least 5x8 feet in dimension for this purpose or assume your length of the sofa to be a binder. It is a good idea to place a centrepiece or a coffee table in the middle as it would add dimensions to your furnishing. You can also leave a few inches of floor exposed as it is between the furniture and your rug.
  • Placing all the furniture on the Rug: Large living room rugs come in sizes of 9x12 or 10x13 feet, that allow you to place all of your furniture over them. If you do decide to leave gaps within this layout, it is best to leave equally on each side, measuring between 12 to 18 inches.
  • Keeping all the front legs of the furniture on your Rug: You can achieve this look by tucking the rug under the front legs of your couch. The back legs can be on or off of the rug, depending on your preference. We suggest using a rug that is closer to 8x10 feet in dimensions or larger.

Dining Room

The precedent here is to always select a rug that is larger than your dining table in order to prevent your chairs rocking on an uneven surface. You should also account for the amount of free space required to push your chairs in and out whilst using them. If unsure, you should add 36 inches to both the length as well as breadth of the table. We suggest you select a room-sized rug that is 8x10 feet or larger for this purpose.

Bed Room

Bed rooms are ideal for rug usage and they give your feet a soft landing every morning. If you are choosing a rug for such a space, make sure that your rug protrudes at least 18 to 24 inches on either side of the bed. If you have nightstands either side of your bed, taking measurements from the outer edge of each, would serve as an excellent measuring guide for your rug. The rug should be able to extend at least 24 inches both in length and width from the either edges of the bed.

Additionally, below listed are some of the common room sizes and the recommended rug width for them:

If your room size is 4x6 to 5x7 feet, your rug should be 3x5 feet in dimension.

If your room size is 6x9 to 7x10 feet, your rug should be 5x8 feet in dimension.

If your room size is 9x11 to 10x12 feet, your rug should be 8x10 feet in dimension.

If your room size is 10x13 to 11x14 feet, your rug should be 9x12 feet in dimension.

If your room size is 11x16 to 12x17 feet, you rug should be 10x15 feet in dimension.

 

 

Taking Care of Your Rug

If you decide to invest in a Rug for your home, it is presumable you would also be looking to have them with you till the end of their intended lifespan. Achieving this is a little more complex in the context of rugs, because unlike many other furnishings in your home, rugs do require a certain level of upkeep. To that end, having a “no shoes indoors” rule would go a long way towards elongating the life of whatever type of indoor rug you may have chosen.

Repeated and regular vacuuming is the best way to keep gravel from becoming embedded in your rug. Some areas require more vacuuming than others, and you should be wary about cleaning till a good distance (4 to 6 feet) off your front door. Use more passes outdoors and in areas of high foot traffic like entranceways, and don’t just clean the rug, but clean all surrounding areas including floors, furniture, electronics, etc. For wall-to-wall rugs, truck-mounted, hot-water extraction cleaning or steam cleaning procedures work best. You can also clean your rugs or carpets yourself with the help of a rented extraction machine, but you should be careful to not leave the carpet too wet or use too much of the cleaning solution.

The amount of dirt that gets accumulated into a rug is dependent on a number of factors like where the rug is placed, the amount of foot traffic it encounters, how much spillage it can take, what material it is made up of, etc. Specific types of rugs require specific cleaning care procedures. In general, you should call yourself professional carpet and rug cleaners every 12-18 months to ensure the best upkeep for your furnishings. To this end, you could start by keeping specific care tags for each type of rug you own. Here are a few tips for cleaning designed for the various types of rugs you may own:  

Woven Rugs (Braided Rugs): You should check these rugs for stich breaks both before as well as after cleaning. You can refer to the label on the side of small braided rugs to evaluate if they are washable. For small washable braided rugs, you could place them in a zipped pillow case or a meshed bag and place them in cold water with a gentle cycle that will help in rinsing it thoroughly, and then tumble dry it on a lowered setting. For bigger sized woven rugs, you could place them on a vinyl or concrete pavement or place an old blanket under them. You can then sponge them with commercial carpet-cleaning foam that is readily available in the market today according to the directions mentioned either with the rug or with the cleaner. You can finish by rinsing it or vacuuming it till try.

Hand Knotted or Oriental Rugs: Hand-knotted and oriental rugs are good to be vacuumed too. You should take special care of vintage or antiquated rugs by placing a piece of nylon or synthetic fabric on top of the rug and weighing it down with weights or bricks or books while doing so. If you are investing significantly in an antique rug, you should also take the time to learn as much as you can from the seller about the rug's material and construction, and ask for specific care tips.

Natural Fibre Rugs: Natural fibres usually sport an open weave design that allows dirt and debris to sift through. You should remember to vacuum the floor beneath them, every once in a while too, as dirt accumulates below as they sift through the piles. Most natural fibre rugs are reversible in nature too, meaning you can flip them after a regular time period to prevent excessive wear and tear on one side.

Fur, Sheepskin, and Hides: For cleaning these types of rugs, you drop some unscented talcum powder on fur, sheepskin, and hide rugs and leave it on for a few hours. You can then brush the talcum powder and shake it out. You can repeat this same process for larger sized rugs to make sure you cover the full length of the rug. Whilst cleaning the back side of these types of rugs, you can use a clean cotton fabric dipped in mildly hot soapy water and wipe off any dirt accumulated or spillage encountered. You can finally finish with a clean cloth dipped in clean water and remember to dry it completely before putting it back in place.

 

Keep Your Rug Free from Stains

With a little know-how, and using the correct cleaning products you can easily clean your rugs for stains. Time is of pivotal importance when it comes to removing stains from your rugs. You should always remember to blot and not rub over the stain and remove the moisture from the spillage as soon as possible. Below listed are some tips and tricks for some commonly encountered stains on your rugs:

  • Alcohol and Beverages: Build a mixture solution comprising of 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of lukewarm water and one-fourth teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply this solution to the stain, rinse it gently and then dry with blots.
  • Coffee or Tea: To remove coffee or tea stains, use the mixture created above and apply on the area covering the stain. Rinse it gently and then dry with blots.
  • Fatty Food Stains: Fatty foods like butter, cheese, margarine, or heavy gravy, you have to use a dry solvent spot rug and carpet cleaning solution.
  • Glue: If you find yourself stuck with a notorious glue stain on your rug, you need to peel off what you can. After that you should place ice cubes in a plastic bag and harden the gum, beyond which you can scrape off the rest of the gum with a spoon or dull knife or a screw driver. You can then use vacuum and a dry-solvent spot cleaner to remove what’s left of the stain.
  • Paint: If you have had acrylic or latex paint spillage on your rug, you need to spot clean it with detergent solution whilst the stain is still wet. If your spillage was with oil-based paints, you can sponge with odourless mineral spirits whilst being careful not to sift through the backing.
  • Ketchup: Tomato sauce is one of the most common spillages people with rugs encounter owing to the popularity of the ketchup in virtually every household. Here’s how to clean them—sponge the stain with cold water, and then dab it with detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen based cleaning solution. You can then rinse with a mixture solution comprising of 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water, and blot until the stain is dry.
  • Urine, Faeces, Vomit: These types of stains are more of an issue if you have young pets in the house. To clean these types of stains, you must use a detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner and then rinse and blot till dry.
  • Wax: When dealing with wax stains, use the same procedure like mentioned with removing glue stains. Harden it with ice cubes placed in a plastic bag and scrape it off. Then clean it with a dampened piece of cloth, or cotton ball whilst rubbing alcohol on the area and blotting it away to remove any remaining piece of the stain.

 

Rug Pads

It’s hard to justify spending any amount on a rug pad, after you’ve already shelled out a pretty penny on getting yourself a rug. And you could choose to ignore your advice, but rug pads are like pillow covers for pillows, except less popular. Here are some pointers for you to learn why rug pads are important:

  • Rugs pads keep your Rugs from sliding all over the place: Whether your rug is placed on top of a carpet or your hardwood floor, a rug pad keeps the rug in place in order to prevent slips and pulls.
  • Rug pads protect your rug, carpet and floors: Rug pads prevent dye transfer, marring, staining, and scratching of your floor or carpeting underneath. Rug pads also protect your rugs, carpets and floors from spillage.
  • Rug pads keep your home clean: Most rug pads come with ridges or bumps that trap dirt within them which would otherwise become imbedded in your rug. These ridges allow air to pass between your rug and your floor or your carpet and ease your vacuuming endeavours.
  • Rug pads increase the lifespan of your Rug: Believe it or not, rug pads can actually help increase the longevity of your rug. They are able to do so by shielding your rugsfrom the wear and tear they might encounter through the friction caused shifting and rubbing due to extensive usage. Rug pads help your rugs age better.
  • Rug pads do not take away the comfort of your Rug: Many people buy rugs to give themselves a soft under path to walk on in their comfort zone.This is especially true for people who invest in a rug for their bedroom or living areas.Rug pads do not take away from the soft and cuddly feeling of rugs under your feet, but add to them. In case you opted for a natural fibre rug that might be uncomfortable to tread on, rug pads will ease the pressure under your legs. Rug pads allow you a more cushioned walking surface.

An important note about rug pads to remember is that rug pads are made specific for the type of surface they are supposed to protect. This is to say, if you are looking for a rug pad to cover your flooring, you are required to buy a specific pad to cover your flooring. This type of pad will not have the same type of construction or build as the type of rug pad that is designed to protect your hardwood floors. Be sure of what the purpose of your rug pad is going to be before you purchase one.

 

Conclusion

Rug making techniques haven’t really altered that much over the centuries they have existed. Artisans in the East still produce rugs by handicraft means using the techniques their ancestors did. While machine-made rugs enlighten quicker and less expensive ways to produce rugs, they too follow the same methodologies of the past. Rugs are versatile. They can help construct cosy conversational areas, and act as a neutral anchor to your room. With the plethora of styles and colours and designs available, choosing a rug that seamlessly fits in with your decor isn't that hard if you consider the above mentioned factors.

In addition, if you are looking to make a rug purchase online, During Days provides an impressive array of various types of rugs including kids rugs, plain rugs, traditional rugs, modern rugs and shag rugs that can satiate your needs and will allow you to buy the best product online at an attractive price. Happy Shopping!

If you need any other assistance before you buy a rug or want to enquire about which furnishing best suits your needs, feel free to contact us at contact@duringdays.com. You can let us know your queries and one of our team members will get in touch with you within the as soon as possible. We are the leading suppliers of top-notch quality rugs across Australia including Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Victoria, and other prime localities. You can also avail some of the best deals and discounts we frequently offer our customers, to get your hands on some splendid and affordable rugs on the cheap.

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