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Caring about rugs

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rugIf you have small children at home, than we are sure that your rugs and carpets are constantly under attack from juices, baby food or water colors. Having a nice rug is great detail to every home, but they are expensive and delicate, which adds another item on the list of headaches. So, how to clean them? The first rule to clean your rug without damaging is to stay away from using carpet shampoos and sprays, especially if you have wool carpet or rug. This type of products is made for synthetic carpets and they can easily damage your rug or carpet. Before you buy and apply any type of rug/carpet cleaning product, read the label and the instructions, in order to avoid bleaching the colors of your rug/carpet. Always clean the stains immediately as they occur, so you can get better results. Never rub on stains to try to clean them. Instead, scrape or blot the spillage, using clean white cotton towel, gently pressing down. Do this in order to absorb as much as you can from the moisture. Always try to blot the moisture moving the towel in straight lines, because by rubbing with circular movements you could additionally damage the rug/carpet. After cleaning the spot, it would be good to neutralize the odor (which is surely recommendable in case your children have spilled food or something from their diapers). The best way to neutralize the unpleasant odor is to mix three parts water and one part white vinegar and gently blot using white cotton towel.

How to make your own no-sew rag rugs
This is a really simple idea and you will not even need to buy any type of fabric. In addition, you don’t need any types of machines. So, all you need to make your new no-ser rug is old clothes. First, cut strips of fabric from old clothes (choose the colors you want and make sure that they complement your overall interior design style) into strips 1 to 3 inches wide. Before cutting the strips, remove the seams, just to make cutting easier (plus, you don’t need them for the rug). As for the length, cut the strips as long as you can, but don’t worry even if the strips look short, you can easily join new strips. Next, tie two of the strips into a loose knot. The knot should be loose, so you can do your work easier. Use stripes in different colors and arrange them in such a way that you get alternate order of strips (e.g. A, B, A, B etc.). The process goes like this: take the right-hand strip and go under the other one, then go over and repeat this. It surely would be better to see the process on a photo, so you could understand how the braiding goes (hey, a photo is worth a thousand words). Here are several links where you could get the detailed instructions how to make your own no-sew rag rug.

grillo-rugs-cleaning-process-21Do-s and Don’t-s for Rugs
Walk into any room that has not been professionally decorated and you are bound to notice some mistakes when it comes to the decorating. It is no surprise at all, as there are many rules for interior decorating. However, all those mistakes can be avoided by checking some of the decorating do-s and don’t-s for each room. No room is complete without the silky sheen, timeless warmth, and delicate and unique touch of a rug. You could buy a few accessories and pillows in order to compliment the color of the rug in your living room. Rugs, if chosen correctly, add the ideal touch when it comes to finishing the room in your home.

Traffic arrangements
Although you may find this as rather peculiar, you will have to agree that in every household there are frequent traffic routes, and if the rugs are being constantly on its direct route, these will make them predisposed to damage. Furthermore, if on top of the rugs there are some heavy objects, make sure to rotate the rugs as often as possible, as this will prevent creating wear patterns on particular areas.  If there is one wear pattern created already, you can try and fix it by combing the area using a large comb. However, you mustn’t do this often, as the combing may cause even greater damage, so try doing it only once and then stop the procedure. In order to prevent significant damage, place a rubber or plastic pad underneath your rug, as this will keep the friction to a minimum.

Vacuum cleaning
The best way to maintain your rug is to vacuum it as often as possible, and try using a vacuum machine that has suitable brushes in order to keep the rug’s fibers safe from pulling, wear and tear. The regular vacuuming keeps the fibers upwards, rather than being packed down. If the rugs get stained or dirty, try browsing the web for ways of naturally removing the stains and the dirt. The heavy chemicals can damage the natural colors of the fibers, so you may end up doing greater damage. I hope these little tricks will help you to enjoy the beauty of your Persian rugs as long as possible, as they are truly a piece of art and ancient culture.

Rug quality
The quality of a rug depends on different factors. The craftsmanship is the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about the quality of rugs. Rugs can be hand tufted, hand woven, as well as machine tufted and machine woven. You also have to take the fiber used into consideration. Wool is considered as one of the best materials for rugs. It is more expensive than other materials and manmade fibers, but it is definitely worth every penny. High quality rugs last longer and look better than low quality rugs.

Rugs durability
The last detail you should consider when choosing rugs is their durability and quality. There are many different manufacturers. Some of them use machines to make the carpets, while others make them by hand. Buying the most expensive handmade rug doesn’t have to mean you made the best possible decision. If the rug is for the hallway, it will be better to buy machine made carpet made of wool. They are more robust and heavy and they can survive the frequent traffic. Expensive hand knotted rugs are less tolerable to damage and it will be better to purchase them for places like formal living rooms and bedrooms.