Rug Pads secure your rug to the floor, ensuring safety

Benefits of Rug Pads

Rug padding serves a number of different purposes for your rug. Most importantly, it prevents your rug from sliding on your floor or buckling up when you have furniture on it. The sliding and buckling of your rug can cause injury to yourself or others, which is why it’s important to avoid this risk. As an added plus, rug pads can also protects both your floor and rug from damage.

SAFETY

A rug pad is designed with a surface that will stick to both your floor and your rug. It helps to hold the rug in place while also preventing shifting and slipping. Rug pads help to keep your rug flat. Without a rug pad it could bunch or knot up, which could cause accidents and falls.

CLEANLINESS rug padding

Most rug pads have ridges or bumps that allow for air to flow between your rug and the floor. This increased air circulation helps prevent the occurrence of mold, mildew, and odors by stopping buildup of bacteria under your rug. The ridges and bumps of the rug padding also helps trap dirt particles that can become embedded in your rug, and allows for easier vacuuming.

PROTECT YOUR FLOOR

Over time, dirt and debris naturally accumulates underneath rugs. This dirt can damage your floor by scratching your hardwood floors or wearing down your carpet. A pad helps to prevent dirt and grime from collecting under your rug. A pad also helps prevent dye transfer, marring, and staining to the floor or carpet beneath. Rug pads act as an extra layer of protection for preventing wet spills from reaching the floor or carpet beneath your rug and damaging it.

COMFORT

Cushioned rug pads offer a comfortable yet durable buffer that provides a plush and soft area underfoot. Pads also help block the transference of sound from your feet to the floor.

Rug pads are specific to the type of flooring underneath – if you have carpeting, make sure you purchase a rug pad made specifically for carpeting. The same goes for hard floorings. Don’t use a pad for carpet for a hardwood floor – they are not made the same and will not give the comfort and protection your floor needs.

 

Need a pad for your rug? Give us a call! Our team of experts can pick out the perfect rug pad for your needs.
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Regularly vacuuming your oriental rug helps it to last for years to come

Keeping Your Rug Looking New

Your rug is an investment that should last you over a hundred years if properly taken care of. Follow these four rug care tips to preserve your investment and keep your rug looking new!

1. Vacuum Rugs Regularly

Make sure you It’s obvious that vacuuming keeps your carpets clean, but this common chore is also the key to ensuring they stay looking like new. Dirt has abrasive qualities, and when it’s repeatedly ground into your rug by everyday foot traffic. You should vacuum rugs regularly to prevent dust from settling in the fibers eroding the backing of your rug. Vacuuming once a week (twice a week in busy areas) can remove up to 75 percent of the dirt and debris and prevent your rug from aging before its time. Also, watch the fringe! Fringe has the tendency to get caught in the vacuum and can pull and damage the rug. You can gently brush out the fringes by hand.

2. Spot Clean

Spills are inevitable, but how you clean them makes all the difference. If there is a spill, you should clean it immediately. There are different steps to follow depending on the type of spill you facing. Check out our rug care tips and stain removal guide for information on how to remove some of the most common spills.

There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning up any spill. Make sure to work quickly and never rub. Dab cleaning solution onto the trouble spot immediately—the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Blot with paper towels or a clean cloth, as this gently puts a small amount of pressure on the liquid, helping to soak it up instead of letting it set in. Remember to blot from the outside in to prevent the spill from spreading.

3. Rotate Regularly

Rotating your rug is one of the most important rug care tips we could give you. People frequently forget that they should be doing this. Rug rotating is a good way to ensure that your rug always looks new is to make sure your rug wears out evenly. You should rotate your rug at least once a year. Rotating your rug regularly will ensure that wear from traffic and sun fading are distributed evenly throughout your rug.rug care tips

4. Get Your Rug Professionally Cleaned

If you have had your rug for a long time it might be time for a full professional cleaning. No matter how diligent you are with vacuuming and maintenance, your rug will still need some extra TLC from time to time. The EPA recommends you get your rug professionally cleaned every six months. Professional cleaning is the best way to keep your rug looking fresh and new. When you are looking for a company to clean your rug, you want to avoid carpet cleaners. They do not follow the proper steps for rug cleaning such as extracting the deeply embedded dirt and debris. Learn more about this topic in one of our previous blogs.

An Oriental Rug is a beautiful centerpiece in any room

The Benefits of a Rug

An area rug is a popular addition to a hard surface floor such as hardwood, laminate, or tile. It can even be laid over wall-to-wall carpet. Perhaps the most obvious reason to have an area rug is for the way they look. An Oriental Rug is a piece of artwork. It is like having a beautiful painting, but for your floor. The benefits of an area rug extend far beyond style. Here are some of the numerous benefits of a rug:

Safety

Maybe one of the most important benefits of a rug is that it helps make your rooms a safer place. The softness of the rug along with the proper carpet pad not only reduces the impact of a fall, but also the likelihood of it happening in the first place.

Noise Reduction

Do you notice that your room has a slight echo? That is because hard surface floors do not absorb sound. Area rugs help by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and room sounds or echoes. They also help block sound from carrying between floors. This is especially helpful if you live in a condo apartment or a multi-family home.

Warmth & Comfort

Area rugs are great for providing extra warmth to your rooms. They are excellent for chilly bedrooms, bare offices, or unwelcoming basements. The softness of an area rug is a great way to add comfort to any room. Area rugs are also a great insulator, especially if you use rug padding.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

Your rug acts as the biggest air filter in your home. It improves indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, and other particles from the air. In the past, people with allergies were advised to remove all rugs and carpet from their homes because they trapped allergens. Recent studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with the use of an area rug because it traps the allergens – keeping them out of the air. Area rugs are a better choice than carpet for asthma and allergy sufferers because they can be taken out of the home to be more thoroughly cleaned.

Rotating your Oriental Rug allows the stress of traffic, furniture, and sunlight to be more evenly spread, so one part of your rug doesn't fade out more quickly than the rest

Rotating Your Rug

Your oriental rug is an investment that can appreciate in value over time– but a damaged rug is a much less valuable rug. If you don’t take care of your rug properly, its value can diminish pretty quickly. One little-known fact is that rotating your rug frequently can actually help preserve the life of your rug and prevent rug damage. Here’s why:

1. Sun exposure.

The sun’s rays that come into your home can cause the dyes in your rug to become faded over time. This can lead to bright and faded patchy areas in your rug. When this happens it can not only look terrible, but also lose much of its value. By rotating your rug, it helps to spread out the fading and give it an even sun exposure.

2. Furniture weight.

Ever notice how when furniture sits on a rug for a prolonged period of time it can leave dents in your rug where the legs were? The weight from your furniture can permanently damage the pile of your rug, and leave behind holes and uneven lengths of the fibers in your rug. By rearranging your room and rotating your rug from time to time, you can help prevent this kind of damage.

3. Traffic patterns.damaged rug

If you leave your rug in the same position, you will notice more wear and tear on the areas you normally travel than in the paths you don’t walk across. Compare your oriental rugs to trails outside in the woods. When people take the same path, it wears down the vegetation in the woods. The grass and plants are pushed down in the same places and it leaves behind a dirt path where people have walked. The same concept happens with your oriental rug over time. It leaves a trail. You can prevent traffic patterns from ruining your rug by rotating it every so often.

If you have a damaged rug, bring it to us and we can restore it to its former glory.

The size of your oriental rug is important when contemplating a purchase

Rug Size Guide

When thinking about what size rug you need for your space, there are several factors to consider. The rug size you need depends on the size of the room, where your furniture is placed, and what type of room it is going in. There are certain standards you can follow that will help you determine what size rug you need.

Living Room

When picking a rug for your living room, you should make sure you leave enough room so that there is 18 inches of bare floor on each side of your rug. The living room tends to be one of the larger spaces in your home, you want to make sure that you get a big rug too. You never want a rug that just goes under the coffee table.  You want to get a rug that all of your furniture will fit on. If your furniture is up against the wall, it is good to use the two legs rule. You can get a smaller rug, and make sure that two legs of each piece of furniture is on it.

Bedroom

For the bedroom, you want to make sure that the rug is the first thing your feet touch when you get up in the morning. A good way to achieve this is either a large area rug that goes entirely under your bed, or a runner for each side of the bed. A measurement standard to follow for a bedroom rug is that it should span 30 inches from the side of the bed. In the bedroom you want your rug to be at least 16 inches away from the wall. Tip: always place your bedroom rugs HORIZONTAL!

Dining Room

The proper size for a rug in your dining room depends on the size of your table. You want to make sure that your table and chairs fit on the rug with enough room to pull the chairs in and out. A good standard to remember when picking a rug for your dining room is that it should run at least 24 inches from each side of the table.

Hallway

Runners make the perfect addition to a hallway. Using a lighter rug can help make your hallway seem bigger than it is. The standard rule for picking the right rug size for a hallway is to make sure that there is 8 inches of bare floor on each side of the rug.

Kitchen

Rugs in the kitchen serve the purpose of making the spots that you stand in for an extended period of time more comfortable. They also make the kitchen a safer place by helping reduce slipping. Since kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, there is not a definitive standard to determine rug size. If you have a galley kitchen, or a narrow space between counters, use a runner. For other kitchens, use a small rug for the foot spaces in front of your sink and range.

For help picking the perfect rug for you space come see the experts in our showroom!

Oriental Rugs come in all shapes and colors. Pick the one that best suits your home design and room size

How to Buy a Rug: 3 Quick Tips

Before you go shopping for a rug, you should take a few moments to prepare for your visit to the showroom. Being prepared with a few quick tips can save you time and frustration later. What to think about before a shopping trip? You should consider rug size, color, and price. Here are a few tips on how to buy a rug from the experts:

1. Measure Your Room Before Choosing a Rug Size

You want to make sure that you have the right size rug that will fit your space. There are several standards for rug size, and certain rug sizes fit best with certain room sizes and shapes. Whether your rug is for the bedroom, living room, or dining room; the experts in our showrooms know exactly what rug size will work in your space based on best design practices. All you need to do is measure your room before you visit, and leave the rest to us. Tip: If you are getting a rug for your dining room, you should also measure your dining room table. 

2. Consider Your Color Palette

Bring in pictures or swatches of the color of your walls, floor, and different fabrics in the room you are buying the rug for. By having this with you, you can make sure the rug you choose will be the perfect match for your room and overall vision. If you’re starting a room from scratch, you can bring in any image. You can also take advantage of our Try Before You Buy policy. Take the rug home, or we can bring it to you, and place it in the space to see if it is a good fit – no obligations! If not, we’ll take it back to our store and put your room back just as it was.

3. Know Your Budget Beforehand

There are many different factors that go into the price of rugs. The rug size, machine made or handmade, fibers, design, and origin all affect the price. It’s a good idea to know beforehand if you’re willing to splurge on a unique one-of-a-kind item, of if this time around you’re okay with going a less pricey route. Fortunately, we have a large number or rugs in stock and our experts will be able find the perfect rug to suit your needs.

Last but not least, always remember the golden rule of choosing an Oriental Rug: “There is no rule in picking a rug for your room.” Your rug is artwork. It’s like a painting on the floor. It has its own space and individuality. Because of its uniqueness, it will go with just about any kind of furniture.

We wish you the best and hope you stop by to see us soon in the showroom soon!