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Getting Tough Stains Out of Rugs

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

No one likes dealing with stains on their rugs, do they? Sadly, they’re something that happens to the best of us from time to time so it’s worth knowing a few tricks that will help you get rid of stains quickly and efficiently, just in case you ever need to know. Most people know the basics, of course, such as blotting stains and then soaking them to loosen the dirt, as well as the various cleaning solutions available. But there are other tricks, too. Here are some of the best.

  1. Salt is really good for getting up muddy footprints. If you sprinkle salt over the dirt, then leave it for an hour before vacuuming it up, it should help you get up the worst of the stain. Salt also works to make rugs brighter.
  2. If you spill candle wax on a wool rug, then you should place a brown paper bag over the spillage and iron over it carefully. This should transfer the wax from the rug to the bag.
  3. If you have a fresh stain on a wool rug or synthetic rug, then pour some club soda over it. Leave it for a short while (a few seconds should do it) and then wipe it up to remove the worst of the stain.
  4. Red wine is one of the most notoriously tricky stains to get out of rugs. Some people swear by counteracting it with white wine poured on top, but club soda works better. Pour some over and scrub it. Alternatively, pour salt over the stain so it can soak up the wine and then vacuum it. Get up the remaining stain detergent, water and a little bit of white vinegar.
  5. If you get chewing gum or another sticky, stubborn substance stuck in your wool rug, then you should freeze it with ice cubes. This makes it much easier to remove as it will become brittle when it’s frozen and break away from the fibres of the rug. Spot remover should shift any remaining stain.



Getting the Right Rug for Your Home

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

When you live in London, your life is often fast paced and busy. This means you want your home to be perfect so that by the time you come through the front door at the end of the day, you can just collapse on the sofa and relax. This requires a little bit of thought to be given to your interior design and this includes your flooring solution. Luckily, there are great London rug retailers who can help make choosing the perfect rug for your home really easy.

When choosing a rug for your house, you ideally want something that’s going to be durable and hard wearing. This will help make whatever you buy great value for money as it will last much longer while still looking as good as new. It can be a good idea to visit your London rug retailer so you can check out the range of rugs on offer to make sure you get the right one. You can choose from fabrics such as wool, polypropylene and polyamide as well as blended fabrics. This means that there’s a rug solution for every house and need.

Whether you are looking for a rug to go in your living room, a bedroom, the hall or somewhere else entirely, it’s important that you strike the right tone with your choice of décor. It can often be a good idea to choose something that won’t show stains too vividly in the event that something is dropped on the rug. This means that dark or neutral colours are a really good idea. You could also choose to have a rug that’s renowned for its stain resistance as this will make it easier to remove any stains that do happen to occur. For this reason, wool is a good fabric for rugs as it’s stain resistant and flame retardant, which is great when you’re thinking about health and safety.

Whatever type of rug you decide to have in your home, check out the great range of London rug options available to make sure you get the deal that’s right for you.



Oriental Rugs

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

One of the most popular and enduring styles of rug is the Oriental rug. These days, you’ll find a lot of knock offs and copies of the genuine thing – some much better than others – but true Oriental rugs are still made by the same process they were thousands of years ago. Authentic Oriental rugs are made from either wool or silk and are hand knotted. Many of the designs reflect the culture and beliefs of the country where they originated as well as reflecting complex mathematical designs.

These rugs have been around for literally thousands of years, and they first became something of an art form in the 5th century BC. Many of the rug designs relate to Islamic spirituality and art, with the intention of reflecting the aesthetic quality of numbers, which many Islamic doctrines believe to be of divine origin. However, each country that makes genuine Oriental rugs tend to be known for different, yet equally distinctive designs. The most common and easily recognisable of these is the Persian rug. Persia is now Iran, but the rugs have kept their old name, largely because that is how they’re known in the West.

Persian rugs are thought to be the best and most beautiful in the world and it’s been this way for thousands of years. Most Persian rugs come from three distinct tribal areas – Kerman, Sarouk and Tabriz – although other areas make them as well. These rugs often feature floral patterns and distinctive geometric designs, which make them stand out. However, most Oriental rugs bought in the West are from India. This is a big form of employment for people living in rural India and the rugs they produce cost a fraction of the price of Persian rugs, even though the quality is just as good and they are all still handmade.

Turkish Oriental rugs are also sought after because of most of them are over 50 years old – their rug industry ground to a halt after World War 1, and it’s only recently started up again. Tibet also make some great rugs, which are highly prized and it can take over 3500 hours to make each one.



Removing Stains from Your Rug

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Getting a stain on your favourite rug is definitely annoying, but it needn’t be a disaster. Of course, if the stain is bad enough or you’re wary of damaging your favourite rug, then you should probably call in a professional carpet cleaner, but you can generally deal with most stains yourself. After all – water is one of the best cleaning products there is (it’ll be much cheaper, too!).

The first thing to do when you spill something on your rug is to blot it – don’t rub it! Rubbing it will only force the stain further down into the fibres, whereas blotting it gently with a cloth or paper towel will instead help to soak up the moisture, minimising the damage. Once you’ve got up the worst of the moisture, soak the stain with water to loosen the particles, and then blot it again. This should hopefully clear up the worst of it, if not remove the stain completely. Don’t scrub the rug if the stain doesn’t come out though, or else you may damage it and make the stain worse.

If you drop a food product or something similar on your rug (such as chocolate spread or gravy), then lift up the worst of it with a spoon before repeating the blotting trick. If there’s a dry stain on the rug and it was made recently, then you might be able to get most of it up by vacuuming the spot to get the particles up. If this doesn’t work, it might be time to bring out the rug stain removers.

You should always apply the cleaning solvent to a cloth, not directly onto the rug. Then rub outwards from the centre of the stain to prevent it from spreading further. Once you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can, rinse out the rug, blot it as above, then rinse and blot it again to make sure all of the solvent has been removed. If the stain is still there, you can repeat the solvent process. Make sure to dry the rug when you’re done so any stain that may be clinging to the lower parts of the fibres doesn’t have as much chance to creep back up and make another nuisance of itself.



Different Kinds of Rugs

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Rugs are a popular addition to lots of people’s homes – not only do they serve a practical purpose in protecting people’s feet from the cold floor, but they also look fantastic. There are also lots of different kinds of rugs you can buy, depending on your style preference and what you want to use the rug for. Read on for more information on some of the most popular types of rug.

Oriental Rugs

Oriental rugs are really popular. They tend to have ornate designs and often come with tassel fringes. Genuine Oriental rugs can be expensive, but there are some great copies available with all of the features for a fraction of the price. They come in modern and antique styles, meaning there’s sure to be one to suit every preference. ‘Genuine’ Oriental rugs most commonly come from Persia (Iran), India, Turkey and Tibet. Each country has its own distinctive style of weaving that can often take the weavers years to perfect, which is why these rugs are so desirable.

Throw Rugs

These are a great way to add an interesting feature to a room and they come in loads of different styles and colours, meaning there’s sure to be one to suit your style. They can be made out of all sorts of materials and are generally very affordable. They’re also very easy to look after as they don’t need any special treatment to keep them in top shape. Regular vacuuming and the occasional spin on a cold wash before being hung out to dry will keep your throw rug in good condition.

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs have been around for thousands of years and they can often last for generations, which is partly why they’re still so popular today. They come with multiple benefits. One of these is that they’re fire resistant – while they do burn, they don’t flare up in a way that spreads flames elsewhere. Wool also doesn’t melt like some manmade fibres do, meaning that the risk of burns is lower. Wool is also really versatile and has a bit of give in it, meaning it can stand the test of time even with heavy usage.

Sheepskin Rugs

Sheepskin rugs are really warm and cosy, adding extra luxury to your room. They can be a great addition to a room that’s often cold as they’ll make the floor feel warm under foot. You can also choose between long and shorthair sheepskin as well as sheepskin from different breeds of sheep, meaning there are some great choices available. There are even designer sheepskin rugs available, which combine different species to come up with a truly unique, snugly rug.

Custom Made Rug

You could also benefit from having a rug made just for you. This can be a great idea as it means you get the ultimate choice – you can choose from pretty much any material, style, colour and design. This means you’re guaranteed to get the rug of your dreams. It can also be a great talking point to have a rug that was made just for you, and it will always be special because you’ll know there’s no other rug like it anywhere else in the world.

These are just a few of the different types of rug available – there really are loads to choose from, so even if you’re not convinced by any of the options above, your perfect rug is bound to be out there somewhere.