The Perfect Rug for the Lived in Home

Let’s face it; our homes are not museums with glorious “Do Not Touch” signs. With kids, pets, and company (oh my) life is constantly happening around our rugs— but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the aesthetics and luxury you deserve. Here are some pointers on how to find the best carpet or rug for your hectic household.

1. Let’s Talk About Pets Baby: Regular vacuuming and grooming are always the first fight in the pets-carpet battle. To help build up your defense, a low pile rug is your best offense. It’s by far the easiest to clean up accidents. You also want to seek out darker colors and smaller patterns so stains won’t become the focal point of a design. Avoid any continuous loop carpets because of their tendency to catch; your rug is certainly not a scratching post. Wool is no doubt the easiest to clean if you need a jumping off point for fabric.

2. You’ve got to be KIDding me: Kids and area rugs are like peas and carrots… if carrots protected peas from wear and tear. Area rugs are great for protecting floors from a lot of movement. Something in a material like jute or sisal is great in a pinch, provides a fun earthy texture, and they’re incredibly durable. If you’re willing to spend a little more for a longer lasting piece, wool is also great around kids. Use double sided tape or no skid pads underneath to add an element of safety and prevent slipping. Similar to homes with pets, with kids in the house look for a darker colored rug to help make stains less prevalent.

3. Hey Big Spillers: If you find yourself in a home with lots of things hitting the ground, there’s one word for you: wool. Wool as a fabric naturally repels many food and drink spills as well as oil (think oil from any skin contact or dragged in on the bottom of shoes). Although it’s not natural to the material itself, coating on nylon carpet is also a strong contender for best stain resistant material. Good coating both resists spills and it doesn’t attract oil. On the flip side there are oil based carpet materials like Polyester and olefin. These two are aces when it comes to spills, but they do attract oil- so be sure to take of your shoes before walking around on them.


Your home can put the fun in functional and there’s no better way to do so than with a rug or carpet.

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Rug Cleaning Tips for Emergency Situations

Rugs should be treated as works of art. They are prized pieces and such treasured possessions must be treated delicately and carefully. However, accidents do happen, especially if your home is filled with kids and pets. When your rug does get dirty, it’s important to know exactly how to best clean it and preserve the value and beauty of your rug.

It’s always best to be prepared for any rug emergency before it actually happens. It’s a good idea to assemble an emergency kit in advance so you’ll be able to effectively handle any disaster that comes your rug’s way. You should have all the basic essentials on hand, like Woolite, Oxygen bleach, grease solvent (dry cleaning fluid or spot remover), nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, turpentine, and club soda. These household items work wonders on small spills and blemishes!

If you do experience a small spill, don’t panic. You’ll probably be able to take care of it at home on your own. It’s crucial that you act quickly though to make sure the blotch doesn’t stain the rug. Scrape or blot up as much of the spill or blemish as you can using club soda or cold water to dilute. Make sure that you only use cold water though when water is called for in order to avoid setting stains.


If the spill is greasy, sponge gently with grease solvent or apply detergent. For non-greasy spills, sponge with a solution of one teaspoon of liquid detergent to one cup water. Do not use soap and water! Animal stains can be taken care of by sponging freely with cold water. Apply a solution of three tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water, then sponge with detergent suds and rinse. A note on sponging: make sure to work lightly from the center to edges, sponging the edges irregularly to “feather” the area. Blot until the spill is damp or dry quickly to avoid rings.

If the mishap is too large to handle on your own, call us to find out the best course of action. We’ll suggest a temporary remedy for you until professional help arrives.

Always being prepared for the worst is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to rugs. If you follow this outlined advice, you’ll know what to do in the case of a rug emergency and be able to tackle any small spill or blemish with ease. You can keep your rug looking pristine and like the prized piece of art that it is.

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