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Did You Know?
Since rugs are functional pieces of décor, they are often subjected to different kinds of daily wear and tear. However, with proper care, the look of old rugs can be restored.
Here are some facts about rug care that are worth knowing:
Handmade rugs may differ marginally from their sample because of slight variations in colour across dye lots.
A new rug may show creases from being folded while shipping but the creasing will disappear after the rug has been stretched out flat for some time. The rug can also be rolled with the pile facing outwards leaving it in that position overnight to speed up the flattening process.
Rugs when shipped in sealed bags can give off the odours of their dyes and fibres, which will however dissipate over time after the rug has been removed from its bag.
Rugs can fade on prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and hence need to be used in rotation every six months.
New rugs will often shed fibres but this will stop over time, and especially after a few vacuumings. Sprouts, or loose, long fibres that appear above the rug’s surface can always be trimmed to give the pile a more even appearance.
A rug protector used under the legs of heavy furniture will prevent flattening of the rug pile.
Placing a rug pad beneath an area rug will act like a shield between the rug and the floor protecting the rug from damage.
Rugs pads may provide extra grip on surfaces, where the rugs may shift or bunch up slightly when they are walked on.
Rug pads, in general, also provide extra cushioning, insulating sound, increasing comfort underfoot and extending the life of the rug in the long run.
RUG CARE AT A GLANCE
- For area rugs, care will depend largely on the type and fabric of the rug but you can always request guests to take off their shoes when relaxing in rooms with area rugs.
- Keep rugs away from food and drink.
- Vacuum your rugs regularly, and clean them periodically. Clean, stains, spots and spills immediately. Hang the rug outside at regular intervals to get rid of odours.
- Don’t ever fold your rug. Wrap them in a protective sheet and store them properly in a cool dry place.
- Avoid continuous exposure to direct sunlight.
- Rotate your rug to extend its lifespan.
- Apply insect repellents to prevent them from insect attacks.
- If you see threads emerging don’t pull them out. Use scissors to snip them instead.
- When placing the rug under heavy furniture, use a rug protector to avoid flattening the pile.
- Note that the rug will shed within the first 3 to 6 months from the date of purchase. This shedding will decrease with time.
- Get your rug professionally cleaned by rug cleaning experts every 2 to 3 years. Make sure to get the rug inspected beforehand to obtain a signed receipt that ensures guarantee of work.
RUG VACUUMING AT A GLANCE
- Use suction type vacuum cleaners and brooms to minimise damage.
- Power vacuums can pull fibres out from the base and are not recommended
- Beater bars can damage rugs and are to be used minimally.
- Vacuum the rug on both sides.
- Vacuum the corners, edges and fringes with extra care to minimise damage.
- Shag rugs are best not vacuumed as the long fibres can get stuck and be completely destroyed.
- Woven rugs are best vacuumed slowly and gently with the level of the beater bar set to the highest position.
- Tufted rugs also need gentle vacuuming with a handheld attachment that can glide over the rug slowly and smoothly.
- Tapestries are best not vacuumed. A microfibre cloth should be used instead to wipe away the dust from their surfaces.
LOVEWORTHY TREASURES - RUG STORAGE
Want your rug to last a lifetime or stay undamaged? Proper storage is essential. Follow these simple rules to preserve your rug in pristine condition.
- Clean your rug thoroughly. Be sure to follow the care instructions specific to the type and material of the rug. Be regular with your housekeeping plan such as dusting and vacuuming.
- Apply an insect repellant to protect your rug from moths, and other insects. You can use a fan or a dehumidifier to avoid mildew problems.
- Roll the rug tightly before storing. Never fold it as folding can lead to creasing and damage.
- Wrap your rug in a breathable fabric like a cotton or a muslin sheet or a polyurethane rug wrap which offers expert-level protection.
- Store the rug above the ground in a cool, dry environment without exposure to natural light. Use shades and blinds to avoid light from windows. Clean storage areas regularly to prevent bug infestation.
- Make sure your rug stays on elevated ground since carpet beetles like to live between a rug’s back and the floor.
- Don’t store heavy objects on top of the rug as they can damage the rug.
- Check the rug for any signs of damage by unrolling it once a month.
- Consider climate-controlled storage units available outside to store your most valuable rugs.