Monday, July 1, 2013

Design Tips: Caring for your Area Rugs

I love area rugs! My house has beautiful hardwood floors, and I love those, too. But area rugs really finish a room, “ground” a seating arrangement and add color and texture. Without area rugs, the wood floor would be slippery and feel cold and stark, especially in the winter. But area rugs require some care.

Generally, regular vacuuming and spot treating work well for any type of area rug, just the same as wall-to-wall carpeting. Check the label or ask the retailer about rugs for care recommendations, some may require a special type of vacuum cleaner that is less damaging. If possible, clean the floor under the rug and pad as well as vacuuming the back side of the rug by folding it on itself. Small rugs may be turned over for vacuuming.

High end, handmade rugs require professional cleaning no matter how big they are. They may not even have a label, so it’s best to leave even spot removals to the pros. Mop up what you can as quickly as possible, by blotting with a clean cotton cloth. Vegetable dyes may fade easily. 

For other rugs, an effective spot removal system is the WoolClean kit, which has worked well for me on nylon carpets as well as wool. Always read the instructions and test first however! If you have any doubt, call the professionals.

Unless your area rug is over another carpet, always use a high quality rug pad under your rug. This will prolong the life of the rug as well as keep the rug from slipping. Inexpensive rubberized mesh pads work well for a couple of months, and aren’t a permanent solution. They deteriorate and lose their grip quickly.

Rotate your rugs periodically. This will even out wear and fading from sunlight.

How do you use area rugs in your home? Send us a picture!

Until next time!
Elaine Bothe

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 12:01 AM 


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