How to Restore an Aging Rug or Carpet

You don’t necessarily have to replace an aging rug with a brand new one. Sometimes wear-and-tear can be fixed by a professional restoration. Services include stretching, patching, reweaving, stain removal, and seam repair. If you’re unsure your rug can be restored, always check with a professional first. Sometimes rugs are indeed beyond repair. In that case, it is time to purchase a new rug.

In other cases, you might think your rug needs to be repaired, but in actuality it just needs a good cleaning. We recommend that rugs used in high traffic areas, like a kitchen or entryway, should be professionally cleaned every two to three years.

Dover Home Repair Services

Please keep in mind that professional repair is different from professional cleaning. Repair is more intensive and only necessary if your carpet has permanent stains, such as dye or ink, or irreversible damage, such as burns or holes. Dover Rug & Home offers a comprehensive repair service to all of our customers. Our professional process includes reweaving or repairing worn spots, replacing worn fringe, and moth protection.  Our on-staff professionals can to tell you if your carpet needs a cleaning or a repair.

Stretching: A Simple Restoration Method

If the main problem with your rug or carpet is that it is wrinkled or loose, stretching may be a simple solution. This process involves stretching the rug out and reattaching it to the tacking laid out next to the floor boards. Stretching can bring back the flat, crisp, smooth look when the rug was first installed. To tell if your rug needs to be stretched, look for wrinkles, lumps, and bulges.

Rug Repair: A Sustainable Solution

Rug repair and restoration will not only save time and money, but the environment as well. Repairing or restoring an already existing rug is more sustainable than purchasing a new one if it’s not necessary. Rugs can easily be saved with a routine restoration, eliminating the need to buy a new one and reducing your environmental impact. With a vigorous repair and restoration process, your rug or carpet can look as good as new-or even better!

For more information on our repairs and restoration services, please visit our website.

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Rugs outside? Yes, it’s summer!

Rugs don’t have to be confined within four walls. Indeed, practical yet stylish rugs are a great way to liven up any outdoor living space. Summer months are made for entertaining guests outdoors or just sitting and relaxing with a cold drink. So why not be as comfortable as possible? Rugs are excellent additions to a deck, patio, porch, or gazebo.

Of course, there are many different options to consider when choosing a rug for your outdoor space. Selecting the proper material is crucial. Since the rug is going to be outside braving the elements, pick a fiber that will hold up against sun exposure, resist mold and mildew, and be durable enough to tough it out in the great outdoors.

Next, it’s important to determine correct placement and size of your outdoor rug. If you have any outdoor architecture, such as a fireplace, make sure there are no safety or structural issues with your rug placement. If the rug is for a patio or a gazebo, a helpful tip is to cut the rug three inches smaller in each direction than the floor space. This will make the area easier to clean around and under the rug as well as create a nice border effect.

Lastly, since it is an outdoor rug, have fun with the design! Play around with different styles until you find one that best suits your outdoor space. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder color choices or unique patterns.  Since the rug is going outside, you don’t have to worry about coordinating the design with your home’s interior decor.

Interesting patterns create an inviting, bright environment. Just be sure that the fiber in your outdoor rug is of the highest UV resistance value to withstand the sun’s rays. Solution-dyed yarns are a great option for providing long-lasting, vibrant colors.

Outdoor rugs also come in a variety of different shapes, so don’t just go for the standard rectangle! Try a circular or octagonal shaped rug to add a little style to your space.

Whichever type of outdoor rug you choose, make sure to enjoy it! Curl up on the rug and read a book in the summer breeze, watch the sunset on your porch in bare feet, host a BBQ with friends and family on the deck. A rug will only enhance your summer experience!

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