Spice Up Your Flooring in 2015!

Everyone loves a beautifully installed hardwood floor. It will never go out of style and it can transform a dull room into a sophisticated entertaining space. So far in 2015 designers are taking advantage of the new year to reintroduce dark hardwood, stylish vinyl, and classy cork floors.

Dark hardwood floors provide a contemporary and cosmopolitan look to homes while staying versatile and decorative with or without complementary furniture. Dark hardwood floors can come in many stains, but Ebony and Jacobean are the most popular for their polar extremes. Espresso is the happy medium between the two.

Dark hardwood floors are often used as a way to highlight white furniture or fixtures. The contrast between the dark brown and bright white is a classic look for homes. It takes a bit more upkeep than any other type of hardwood flooring because they have a tendency to show imperfections such as dirt and deep scratches.

Vinyl has a bad rap because of the old peel and stick composition that use to be installed in homes. Currently, there is a new type of vinyl called “luxury vinyl” that looks just like real wood but is still as heavy-duty as the old vinyl. It is the most affordable and resilient flooring solutions available and comes in hundreds of patterns, all of which are scratch resistant, pet-friendly, and easy to maintain and clean.

Cork flooring is extremely easy to install and maintain. It offers customers durability and also the added benefit of having a unique look that complements both classic and modern designs. The sustainable cork is warm and comfortable to walk on and does not require glue to be installed. The flooring has many options for color and can look beautiful in any setting – the only downside is that it may fade when in direct sunlight.

Dover Rug & Home provides expertly crafted flooring that uses only the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. From the rustic, old-world charm of hand-sculpted and hand-scraped hardwoods to the more classic, traditional hardwood floor sanded to smooth perfection, we provide our customers with a vast selection of hardwoods, which add true value to your home.

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.