Fifine Renaud Area Rugs February 06, 2018 17:26:01
Vacuuming the Back of the Rug - Many times people forget to vacuum the backs of the rugs in their homes. While you dont need to vacuum the back of each area rug every time you should try to do so on occasion. After all grit dirt dust and debris can slide beneath an area rug; over time those things can damage the structural integrity of a rug from below.
Most area rugs can be steam cleaned for maximum results. Just be sure that your cleaner uses a low moisture quick dry method so the backing doesnt get wet. Properly cleaned this should never happen and is a very safe and effective method to have the area rug cleaned on top of your hardwood floors. After the rug is cleaned turn a corner over and be sure it is dry. It always should be.
The first thing you need to do is determine which pad if any you need to use. Pads for area rugs comes in many types and have many uses. Some of the available pads are gripping pads that dont let the rug skid felt for extra softness (in some areas felt can make a rug slide or move around unless you have a heavy piece of furniture on it) polyurethane or sponge rubber. Polyurethane and sponge rubber are the least used. Sponge rubber can leave marks on the hardwood floor and polyurethane can decrease the airflow under the floor causing possible damage to the hardwood floor. Each of these pads has a use and reason for this use.
Consumers using silk rugs have a tendency to place them areas of high traffic and soil buildup. Unlike most area rugs silk rugs cannot be steam cleaned because of the delicate silk. The texture can become distorted and the fiber water damaged from the cleaning. They can only be cleaned with a special dry cleaning solvent by hand. This process will not remove the heavy soils and stains that occur in a high traffic or soil area. After a relatively short period of time you will have a very expensive area rug that will not look very good. If you still want to place a silk rug in these areas it is recommended that it be solvent cleaned every 3 months and to turn it to change the traffic pattern. This will expand the pretty part of its life. NEVER place it by your front door. The rain or snow moisture will permanently damage the silk. Wherever you place it a thin gripping pad under it will keep it from sliding and help slow down the wearing of the silk.
Some Bedrooms also have hardwood floors. If you want to use area rugs in bedrooms here are a few suggestions. In an average size bedroom a smaller area rug can be placed on either side of the bed and possibly at the foot of the bed depending on the layout of your other furniture. If you have a large heirloom area rug that Grandma gave you it can be equally spaced under the bed and extend out on all three exposed sides of the bed again depending on the size of the room and placement of your other furniture. The type of pad you use for Grandmas rug depends on the rugs thickness and its condition.
The production and creation of area rugs. Area rugs that have been produced in regions of the world that have strong natural light will quite often be bright to people in the Western world but in time the colors will soften and take on a more mature appearance. Area rugs that are made with wool and a vegetable dye has been used for coloring will tend to age gracefully and in sync with ones colors. Chemically dyed area rugs will retain some certain harshness. Trusted sources would be dealers who have been around awhile with a good track record with the area rug business. At all costs stay away from the bankruptcy sales or going out of business sales. Even if you purchase an area rug in the country of origin it is still no guarantee of any savings or the quality of the rugs as most of the best examples of the rugs will be saved and used in the export trade leaving less quality rugs for you to purchase in the local markets. Prices are decided by quality which are pattern material density age and the condition of the rug. If you do not care about some signs of wear like a ragged edge or a little fraying you would be able to find an essentially fine carpet at discount area rug price. When you are looking for your new area rug you should be aware of a rug that is artificially aged that is when the rug is distressed by bleaching or other chemicals to give the appearance of an antique area rug but in turn actually reduces the life of the rug. A good dealer will gladly provide evidence that will give the rugs provenance.