The Most Common Rug Problems You May Encounter

If you are a rug owner, then it is unavoidable that you go through the same problems as other rug owners out there. But, you don’t have to freak out as you can do different things to help solve common rug problems on your own. Here is a list of common rug problems that you may encounter and the things that you can do to help resolve the issue:

  • This could be the most common rug problem that you may encounter. This is especially true if you use your carpet as a cushion for your furniture. This can be avoided by rotating your furniture or rotating your rugs on a regular basis. This will help distribute give the rug a chance to recover, especially on the spots that were receiving most of the weight of the furniture. Alternatively, you can use furniture foot pads to help distribute the weight.
  • Shedding or Fluffing. You may notice fiber shedding in the early stages that you have your rug in your house. This is especially true if you own a rug made of wool. Shedding is normal, but excessive shedding is not. If you think that your rug is shedding too much, then you should start to worry. It is a good idea to talk to the manufacturer at this time or talk to an expert to know why excessive shedding is happening. But, regular vacuuming should help get rid of excess fiber to help keep your rug looking nice and presentable.
  • Fading Color. The color of your rug will naturally fade away over time, especially as it ages. However, natural fading can be hastened, especially if your rug is exposed to direct sunlight on a daily basis. The sun and your rugs are not the best friends. In addition, fading can be accelerated if you use pesticides and use chemical-based cleaning agents. To help avoid unnatural rug color fading, you can make sure that your rugs are not directly under the sun. You can also schedule regular rug rotation to make sure no one side is exposed at all times.
  • Rug Stains. Rug stains are mostly caused by liquid spills like coffee, soda, and even food spills. To help minimize staining, you can use blotting papers or cloth to absorb the liquid. This should be done immediately after a spill. When you blot the area, make sure that you are not spreading the spill. If you see staining once the liquid is dry, you should seek professional help to help remove it. Refrain from using any chemicals as these can cause the color to fade.
  • Pulled Loops. Pulled loops are usually caused by sharp objects against the rugs. This could be caused by your pets, especially cats and dogs that like sharpening their claws in materials like rugs. Don’t pull out the pulls. To make your rug look even, you can trim the pulls that are coming out.
  • Soiling can be caused by dirty shoes. Because rugs are not resistant to dirt, dust and soil can easily get trapped in the rug base. To avoid this from happening, you can make rug vacuuming part of your weekly cleaning routine. You don’t have to vacuum your rug on a daily basis as this can also ruin the fibers of the rug. But having a regular rug vacuuming schedule can help minimize soiling.
  • Insect Damage. Rugs can also be home for dust mites, carpet beetles, moths, and other bugs. This can be caused by not giving your rug the care, cleaning, and maintenance that it needs. Just like soiling, this can be resolved by giving your rugs regular cleaning. If there is insect infestation in your rug, it is best to call on the professionals to handle the problem. They have the right equipment and skills to handle this kind of issue.

 

How You Can Properly Store Your Rugs

Do you have several rugs that you like to rotate once in a while to minimize wearing? Do you have several rugs that you use alternately so you can give your house a fresh look and décor? If you do, then it is very important to know how you can properly store the rugs that you don’t use to make sure their quality is preserved and that their life-span is not shortened whenever they are put in storage.

Where You Put It

It is important to determine where in the house you will store the rugs, or which room will be the designated area to hold them. Rugs are very precious and quality rugs are not easy to own. This means that you have to make sure they are used properly and stored well. When storing them, make sure that they are placed in a room that is cool and dry. Natural light should not be able to penetrate in the same room. If you are thinking of your attic and basement, you should think twice. These places go through several temperature changes all year round, which makes them not appropriate for storing your precious rugs.

Roll It!

When you store your rugs, it is always a good practice to roll them in. Folding your rugs for short-term storage is never a good idea. You have to remember that the fibers of your rugs are delicate. In addition, folding them will develop permanent creases that will be very difficult to correct.

When rolling your rugs, make sure that the pile is facing in. Rug piles are not as durable as its foundation. Thus, it is important to keep them in when rolling your rugs. Keep your rug roll as straight as possible. This can be achieved by using a rod or wooden dowel. Use a piece of cotton to help secure the edges of the rug as you roll then in the rod. You can also use the same cotton material to secure the roll once you are done rolling the entire rug.

Humidity, Sunlight, and Floors

It is important to make sure that the humidity of the room you are storing your rug is not low. You can control the humidity level of this room by using a humidifier, which you can purchase from any home improvement stores. Also, make sure that the rugs will not receive any kind of sunlight or UV rays. You can secure your rugs by covering the windows of the room you selected with blinds or shades. This will help keep the color of your rug from fading. It is also important to take note that rugs should not be stored directly on the floor. Carpet beetles will easily find their way to the rug when they are stored on the floor. You don’t want to end up having a carpet beetle infestation in your home.

Keep these reminders in mind whenever you are about to store your rugs. This will help keep your rug in good condition and will help them last for generations.

 

How To Maintain The Life And Beauty Of Silk Rugs

Silk rugs are considered to be the most expensive type of rugs available and sold in the market. The reason for this is because the material itself. Silk rugs do not come by easy as they are not easy to make. They are delicate and more difficult to fashion into a rug. In addition, it is the most labor-intensive rug to manufacture. It requires more knots and also requires a more detailed design. Because of this, silk rugs come as the most expensive. With this in mind, you should know how to take care of silk rugs to make sure that its beauty is preserved and that it lasts for several lifetimes.

Location

Silk, unlike wool and cotton, is made of protein like human hair. Because of this, silk rugs can be damaged easily. For this reason, you have to make sure that your silk rug is placed in an area that does not have high foot traffic. This will preserve the longevity of the fiber and prevents abrasion. However, if your rug is placed in a high foot traffic area, you should see to it that your rug is rotated regularly. This will make sure that each side wears at the same rate. It is also a good idea to place your silk rug away from direct sunlight as it can make the color dyes to fade.

Stains and Spills

Before you grab your cleaning materials to remove a stain from your rug, it is essential that you determine whether the rug is made of 100% silk or not. A silk rug combined with wool is more resistant and durable to stain. If you apply water on a silk-and-wool rug, you will notice water beads on it. Wool is naturally resistant to water, that is why water beads will form on a wool rug. In addressing stains and spills, you should first make sure that your rug is colorfast. Silk rugs from China are made with vegetable-based dyes. This makes this rug extra delicate and not colorfast. If your rug bleeds with water, is it more ideal that you contact the professionals to have this cleaned to avoid further damage. If your rug is colorfast, then you can clean it yourself. You can make a mix of club soda and water (50/50 mixture) to clean a stain or spill.

Regular Cleaning

Silk rugs should not be steamed cleaned or dry cleaned. Both processes have the tendency to wear away the threads of a silk rug. They can also make the color of the rug to fade. When vacuuming  your silk rug, it is recommended that you use a non-rotating and non-brush vacuum cleaner. Without a vacuum cleaner, you can simply give the rug a shake and a gentle beating to detach the dirt that have settled on the rug.

Preventive measures are always better when it comes to taking care of any types of rugs. You just have to make sure that your silk rug is away from direct sunlight and is safe from tear. When spills and stains happen, it is a must that you try other non-harmful methods first before you resort to any chemical cleaning. However, to properly clean and maintain your silk rugs, it is not a bad idea to consult with the professionals as they have the tools and skills to make sure the beauty and quality of silk rugs are maintained.

How To Give Your Rugs The Best Care Possible At Home

The hardest part in owning a rug is probably finding one. Buying a rug means going through different processes like knowing how big it would be up to the smallest detail on the rug. Buying a rug is not an easy process, not to mention that it is also an expensive one. With this in mind, as a responsible owner, you then have to make sure that your rug receives the best care possible at home. To keep your rugs, vintage or contemporary, looking great and feeling great, you can follow these simple rug care tips at home.

Vacuuming Regularly. Besides investing on a quality rug, you also have to invest in a quality vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have one yet, then you have to buy one. Find one that does not have beater bars. With your vacuum, you can easily clean your area rug on a regular basis. Make sure that you incorporate vacuuming your rug to your weekly schedule. When you vacuum, don’t include the fringes as you might tear them apart.

Periodically Rotating Your Rug. If you have several rugs in your room, then make sure that you rotate each rug on a regular basis. The ones you have placed near the window which is more exposed to the sunlight needs to be under the shade a month or two after being exposed. If you have a rug that has been placed away from direct sunlight, you can use this rug to replace the one that is near the window. This will give each rug an even chance of aging at the same time.

Address Spills On The Spot. Accidents happen all the time. If this happens to your rug, it is a must that you blot the spill immediately. Do not ignore spills. You can use a dry paper towel to dry the area or an absorbent cloth to absorb the spillage. Doing this will help prolong the life of your rug, as well as minimize stains on it.

Hire Professional Help. If you think that it is time to give your rug a proper cleaning, then you should hire expert rug cleaners. This is most helpful in times that you don’t really have the time to do it yourself. Professionals are equipped with the right cleaning tools and the right people to give your rug a proper cleaning. They know how to preserve the beauty of your rug, and they also know how to restore it when the need for it arises.

Buy A Rug Pad. Rug pads are made to help prolong the life of your rugs. They don’t only prevent the rug from sliding or slipping on your floor, but they also help minimize the tear from foot traffic. This means prolonging the lifespan of your rug in the process.

Get To Know Your Rug. There are numerous types of rugs that you can buy around. Each type of rug requires a specific kind of care. This means that you have to know and read the care instructions that comes with it. Some rugs have their maintenance instructions attached at the back side of the rug. Some instructions come in paper. Make sure that you read the instructions before you start vacuuming or giving it a shampoo. You don’t want to end up damaging your rug in the process when the intention is caring for it.

 

How To Home Clean Your Area Rugs

Area rugs are home investments that should be taken cared for on a regular basis. It adds aesthetic value to your home. It provides harmony and warmth. You can even sit on it while watching TV or when having a slumber party. It offers a lot of benefits and home advantages. It is not something that you just throw on the floor and forget that it exists.

In order to make sure that the rug you just bought will last, proper maintenance and care must be provided. Though it is nice to know that there are professionals ready to help you with cleaning your rugs, it is still a must that you give it a regular cleaning at home to avoid dust and debris to set on it. It is for this reason that this article is written. Here are the things that you can do to give your rugs a proper cleaning at home.

The things that you need are as follows:

  • Water (lots of it)
  • Squeegee
  • Soft brush
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Rubber Gloves (it’s okay if you don’t have one)
  • Rug Shampoo (of your choosing). Or in the absence of it, you can use a mild detergent.
  • Vacuum

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1. Prepare your rug. The first thing you need to do is vacuum clean your rug so that most of the dirt, dust, particles, and debris are lifted and removed from it. This will make water cleaning your rug less messy.

Step 2. Test if your rug is colorfast. If you have bought a cleaning solution for your rug cleaning, then just follow the mixing instructions on it. Also, you may want to take into account the cleaning instructions that came with your rug. You can sometimes see one attached at the back side of the rug. Most of the rugs come with cleaning instructions. It will detail what products to be avoided and the things you can do to properly clean it. Make sure that the cleaning solution you bought will not harm the fibers of your rug.

After mixing your cleaning solution, try it first on one small portion of the rug. Check if the rug color will run or bleed. If it does, you may want to change your cleaning solution or contact a professional cleaner to do it for you (just to be safe).

Step 3. Apply rug shampoo or detergent. After making sure that your rug is colorfast (does not bleed), you can then lather your rug with the rug shampoo that you just bought or a mild detergent available at hand. Let the solution set on the rug for several minutes before you rinse it. When you lather the rug with the shampoo or detergent using a brush or sponge, make sure that it is lathered deeply.

Step 4. Rinsing your rug. Given that you have your rug outside your home for the cleaning, you can rinse the rug using a water hose. If a water hose is not available, you can use your bucket and fill it with water. You can stop rinsing the rug the moment the water does not show shampoo or detergent bubbles.

Step 5. Remove excess water. After rinsing, you have to make sure that excess water is squeezed out of your rug. Squeeze as much as you can. This will help your rug dry faster.

Step 6. Dry your rug. Make sure that your rug is dried out. You can lay your rug flat on your patio floor or anywhere that it will be exposed to the sun. Make sure that you expose both sides of the rug by flipping it now and then. Make sure both sides are really dry to avoid mold or mildew formation.

Step 7. Loosen it. The last thing that you need to do in this process is loosening the fibers of the rug. You can do this with a soft bristled brush. You can also use your vacuum to achieve the same effect. Once this is done, you can place the rug again inside your home.

You don’t really have to wash your rugs on a weekly basis. You can do this when noticeable dirt and dust have set on your floor when you lift one corner. Or if you notice a bad odor coming from your rug, then it is time to give it a thorough washing.

How to Maintain the Beauty of Your Vintage Persian Rugs

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To maintain their beauty, quality and value, special care should be put into your vintage Persian rugs. Antique rugs can be very fragile and susceptible to damage with the conventional vacuuming and cleaning methods. So how do you care for your vintage Persian rug? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  1. Immediately clean up any spills. If it forms into a stubborn stain, try to blot the spill with a Turkish towel dipped in club soda.
  2. Get your vintage rug repaired as soon as you notice some damage. Beetles and moths can destroy a rug’s appearance. If your rug shows signs of insect infestation or damage, take it out to be deep cleaned. Meanwhile, work on ridding your home of these insects.
  3. Put a cushion or carpet pad under your vintage rug to give it added protection from fading, as well as wear and tear.
  4. Vacuum both sides of your rug, being careful that you do not include the fringes. Make sure that you use just enough force so it cleans without damaging the rug. If you need to use a beater brush, put it in the lowest setting so it has the least amount of contact to your rug.
  5. Be cautious when you let small kids and pets get near a vintage rug. Monitor the activities of the kids so there are no accidental spills or damage, and make sure that the pet has been house trained.
  6. Ensure that your Persian rug is dry at all times. Wetness and moisture can lead to permanent damage. If your rug gets wet, immediately dry it with a vacuum or fan. As a precaution, keep water away from your rug. Position it away from plants, drinks and pipes.
  7. Every year, make it a point to turn over your Persian rug. It’s important that you give both sides equal exposure to traffic so it lasts longer. Use sunlight exposure and wear as your guide in knowing the right time to turn it over. If your rug goes through more sunlight exposure and wear than the usual, turn it over sooner.
  8. Regularly take your vintage rugs to a professional rug care specialist to get it rewoven and re-fringed. You can also get it deep cleaned. Never attempt to do deep cleaning on your own.

A rug adds warmth and beauty to any space, and it will do so for a long time for as long as you make an effort to clean and protect it from damage. Contact a vintage rug expert to give you more tips on caring for your precious Persian rug.