How to Protect Your Hand-Made Area Rugs By Vacuuming

It is necessary to maintain your rugs and keep them in top shape. Vacuuming your area rugs regularly can prevent them from collecting dust, dirt, and damage. It is the best thing you can do to protect the lifespan of your rug.

However, not all rugs are the same. When to clean your rugs depends on how often they are actively used. Similar to how you sweep your wood floors, vacuuming your rugs should be considered sweeping them. Rugs can collect up to a pound of grime per square foot before they are noticeably dirty. Annually washing your rugs should be made a habit, and vacuuming your rugs is considered upkeep to prevent dust from settling into the fibers.

When dust settles in woven or hand-made rugs, the tiny particles can literally cut away at the fibers and grind into the base of the rug. When you start to see your woven or hand-made rugs turning white that is actually the white foundation of your rug showing through.

Many people are unaware that there is a proper way to vacuum a rug to prevent destruction of the fibers. There is no specific way of vacuuming that works universally for every type of rug. For hand-made rugs it is important to be gentle and use the “suction” setting found on most vacuums. The suction setting is easier on wool, whereas the brushing setting can be too abrasive for hand-made rugs. Remember, you are merely sweeping your rug, not scrubbing it — leave that to the professionals.

You want to figure out the direction that the knots in your rug are facing. Think of it like swimming, you want to swim with the current, not against it. You can run the palm of your hand on your rug and feel whether you are running your hand against the current or with the current. Any harsh force can splinter softer wool, which is why you need to be gentle if you ever have to brush your wool rugs.

Use the hand tool that comes with most vacuums to start at the top of your rug and work your way down, moving with the current of your rug. Once you are finished, considered vacuuming the back of area rugs and beneath your rug pad. These need just as much attention to prevent bugs or dust from accumulating between the rug and the rug pad.

Hopefully this guide will help you with your upkeep and help you maintain the liveliness of your rugs.



5 Stylish Rug Trends to Kick Off 2015

The new year always brings in fresh trends, colors, and opportunity. Take advantage of it and think of it as a clean slate to branch out and try new colors in your home — you never know what you might fall in love with! Here are a few upcoming rug trends to keep in mind for 2015:

1. Botanical and Earthy Pattern

Rugs with subtle earthy patterns and floral themes are on the rise. For a room with muted tones, choose a rug that will stand out or complement the dominant colors in that space.

_DSC5986bThe light blue in the above photo is a complementary color to the dark brown furniture, throw, and floor. This causes the blue rug to pop out without overpowering the furniture.

2. Renaissance Colors

Renaissance patterns combine the perfect mixture of beige, maroon, green, and hints of blue. They add a strong accent to any room and look beautiful as a hallway focal point or a sophisticated addition to a dining room or a living room.

The contrast between the hard tile floor and the soft rug creates a beautifully antique feel that will pair well with dark cherry woods and golden decorations. 

3. Bold Shapes and Colors

Carpets and rugs with bold shapes will never go out of style. They are a staple for any household with a modern edge to it and they are sure to catch the eye of your guests.

Since most modern styled rooms are daring, rugs with bold patterns on an understated backdrop work well. Experimenting with contemporary rooms is fun; allow yourself to take risks.

3. Warm Colors

Warm colors add a comfortable and hospitable feel to any space. The deep red area rug foils the cool blue tiles and lively seating area in what would otherwise be a very barren room.

Look for dark reds, deep oranges, or mustard yellow area rugs to add to your office, library, or workspace. These colors are not only the primary warm colors, but they are also known to promote productivity and concentration; therefore they are ideal for office environments.

5. Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are becoming a very common addition to patios and porches. They tie together your outdoor furniture and create the illusion of a separate space.

During the summer, nautical patterns colors such as light tan, navy blue, and green pair well with common deck furniture. If you’re going for a more rustic look, experiment with deep reds and olive greens.

Guests are sure to notice these easy changes to your interior and exterior. Do not be afraid to take a risk when it comes to your rugs, just a simple color change can make all the difference to your space.