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Rug care 101 and tips to choose the right rug material for your space
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Rug care 101 and tips to choose the right rug material for your space

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How excited are you to be able to entertain friends and family again? If you're like us, you're trying to make up for the last year and a half of missing out on sharing your home and table with your favorite people, which means increased traffic and unfortunately, increased potential for spills and accidents on your rugs. 

Not to worry though, we have you covered with instructions on how to clean and care for your rugs so you can just enjoy spending time with your loved ones. 

If you're in the process of buying a new rug, we've included tips on which materials you should avoid in high traffic or damp areas and which attributes may be perfect for your space and use.

 

MATERIAL

100% WOOL

Blot stains right away. To clean, use a mild soap mixed with equal parts white vinegar and water. It is normal for new wool rugs to shed. Vacuum on a regular basis with beater bar off, and shedding will reduce over time. Periodic professional cleaning is recommended. 

Tip: Wool is sustainable, durable, naturally stain resistant and anti-bacterial which means it won't breed germs that create odors over time. As a natural material wool does not off-gas making it a healthier option than many man-made products.  While the price point of wool is typically higher than some other materials, the fact that it outlasts most other materials may offset the price. 

Wool absorbs humidity so it is not ideal for use in damp areas, another downside of wool is that it has a tendency to fade over time so it is best not placed in areas hit directly by sunlight.

 

VISCOSE/VISCOSE BLEND

Blot stains right away. Professional cleaning is recommended for stain removal or periodic cleaning care. Vacuum with beater bar off. 

Tip: Viscose rugs are very popular due to the diversity in price, styles and sizes making them a great option if you're looking to upscale your living room or bedroom; however, due to the delicate nature of viscose it is not the best option for homes with pets, young children, high traffic areas or areas where fluids and/or dirt may be present.

 

SARI SILK, SILK AND TENCEL

Blot stains right away. Professional cleaning is recommended for stain removal or periodic cleaning care. Vacuum with beater bar off.

Tip: Silk is one of the most beautiful and expensive options for area rugs. It is also one of the most delicate as it easily shows wear and tear. Sunlight will break down the fibers of silk over time and moisture will cause permanent damage. Because of it's delicate nature a silk rug is best placed in a low-traffic, protected area.

 

100% COTTON

Blot stains right away. Use a dry-cleaning powder to clean large cotton rugs, and check the labels of small cotton rugs to see if they can be machine washed in cold water on a gentle cycle. Vacuum on a regular basis with beater bar off.

Tip: Cotton is soft, breathable, light and can often be machine washed making it a great option for family rooms, dining areas and kids rooms. Cotton isn't as durable as jute, sisal or wool however, and should be used with a natural rubber or other eco-friendly rug pad to avoid sliding.

 

POLYESTER, POLYPROPYLENE & PET

Blot stains right away. To clean, use a mild soap mixed with equal parts white vinegar and water. Vacuum on a regular basis with beater bar off

NOTE: For indoor/outdoor rugs containing these materials, clean or remove stains by using soap or detergent and rinsing with clean water or a garden hose. Allow time for water to drain and rug to dry before laying rug out.

Tip: Poly rugs are a great option as a temporary floor covering as they offer a low price point and lots of size, color and style options - they are stain and water resistant and soft underfoot. 

Although acrylic is an appealing economical value there are a few additional things to consider: typically these rugs are made from fossil fuels which means the material may off-gas, the stain resistance does not apply to oil based fluids (including natural oils from feet) so repeated use or spills that are oil based will discolor the rug,  the pile will flatten and the edges may unravel over time and this material cannot be used near open heat/flames as it is flammable.

 

ACRYLIC

 

           

Blot stains right away. To clean, use a mild soap mixed with equal parts white vinegar and water. Vacuum on a regular basis with beater bar off. Periodic professional cleaning is recommended. 

Tip: Acrylic can be the answer if you would like the look of wool without the high price tag. Additional benefits are the resistance to pesky moths and  hypoallergenic properties making this a good option for those with allergies. 

Acrylic rugs tend to accumulate dirt and oil stains, similar to polyester/polypropylene materials, and the lifespan of acrylic is relatively low so this is a good temporary option for high traffic areas but will not last long term.

 

SHAGS

(Synthetic or wool)

For smaller sizes, shake rug to loosen dirt and dust that can build up within higher pile. Use hand-held or upholstery attachment to vacuum shag rugs. 

Tip: A shag area rug can be a comfortable and luxurious addition to a space when properly maintained. They can, however, be difficult to clean due to the length of the fibers and staining can be a problem. Shag rugs can also be an issue for those with allergies if the material is not natural, such as wool. These rugs sometimes have a tendency to shed and unravel so they are not ideal in high traffic areas. 

 

NATURALS

Blot stain right away. To clean, use mold soapy water and blot dry. Use fan or dryer to speed up the drying process - natural materials should not be exposed to too much moisture. Vacuum on a regular basis with beater bar off, occasionally vacuuming under the rug to remove dirt and dust that can sift through the weave onto the floor.

NOTE: "Sprouts" or stray tufts/loops on natural rugs are normal; trim with scissors to remove. 

 

Tip: There are so many pros to using natural fiber rugs in your home, starting with the fact that they're sustainable and biodegradable. More often than not natural fiber rugs are reversible so if you have a spill, you can easily turn it over and have the same look without a problem. These rugs add instant warmth to any room and work with almost any style. Natural rugs are a great option in high traffic areas, kids rooms or homes with pets as they are highly durable. 

On the downside, natural fiber rugs can be difficult to clean, they are not as soft as some other materials and the thick texture of some natural fibers can be a trip/fall issue for children or those with balance/walking challenges.

 

I hope this helps to narrow your search for the perfect rug. If you have questions or would like assistance in choosing a rug feel free to email us at hello@barefootbungalowllc.com.

Best Wishes!