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RUG CARE GUIDE
Once you’ve decided to invest in a CAM Living rug, it’s important to think about placement and learn about care and cleaning. This will help maximize your usage of the rug and ensure that your CAM product lasts for years to come. We’ve put together two guides to help you make the best decision for your space.
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Choosing the Right Rug
Your floor coverings set the tone of your décor when people walk into your rooms. When choosing which is the right rug or mat for your space, it can help to ask yourself a few questions, like what the purpose of the rug is, and what kind of space you want to place it.
Check out our guides below to see a visual of how different rugs will fit in a variety of spaces:
WHERE AM I PLACING IT?
If you are placing it in a small room or doorway, a smaller size rug or mat is better for space. If you are in a long but narrow room, a runner may be just what you need. It doesn’t need to fill the whole space but the rule of thumb would be having about 10 – 20 inches of bare floor between the walls and your rug. This rule doesn’t apply to doormats where being placed directly beside the door helps to trap the debris. For larger rooms, larger area rugs are used and the size depends on your own space and requirements.
Tip to follow: ensure that when someone is seated, their feet are on fabric rather than the floor.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
Defining the purpose of your floor covering can help narrow down the choices. You could be looking to protect the floors, bring comfort to your room or soften noises using the fabrics, or maybe you are just looking to bring a pop of colour into your décor. You may even need your rug for more than a single purpose.
Narrowing down the purpose can bring you closer to the styles you want. Soft shags can bring you the comfort you are looking for and provide an insulation from entertainment noises. Looped pile rugs like Berbers are best for high traffic areas as the dust and dirt won’t be trapped as easily and they are easy to clean.
When it comes to color, if you are fitting a rug or mat into your existing décor, neutral shades are maybe the best way to go, however, if you are passionate about certain colors or patterns, don’t be afraid to go all out! There are an also few things to remember when choosing the texture of your rug. Keep in mind the purpose of your rug. A shag rug is perfect for putting your bare feet on first thing when you climb out of bed, but it is not as easy to clean food out of it under you dining room table.
WHAT IS MY BUDGET?
Before you decide to purchase a rug or mat, and you have identified the size and purpose of your rug, you need to decide on the budget you are willing to spend. Mats can be budget-friendly as they are smaller than most area rugs. With rugs, the pricing can vary greatly. Machine-made area rugs are the most cost-effective in this market, are designed with the current trends and original look-alike designs of traditional Persian and Oriental rugs. Hand-made rugs are understandably more expensive due to the time and artistry that is needed to achieve the beauty that they are known for. If you are looking for an investment piece or an heirloom, it may be that you will need to set aside thousands of dollars for the right piece. If you are looking to purchase a hand-made rug, it is imperative that you do your research in choosing hand-made rugs to ensure authenticity.
WHAT IF I HAVE ALLERGIES OR PETS?
Although wool rugs are hypoallergenic, they are not the most durable of non-allergenic carpets. Not only are they more cost-effective, but synthetic fiber rugs made with Nylon and Olefin are non-toxic, stain-resistant and more durable than the natural wool. Both are great options for allergies and pets. One of the most important things though is pile height. Shag rugs are not a great option as they trap allergens and pet hair in the pile that is hard to clean out, even with a vacuum. Lower piles are better and looped piles like Berbers are even easier to clean.
MAKE IT LAST
Your rug or mat will come with a tag instructing you on how to properly care for your rug. Review this for any special care instructions for your specific product.
• Direct sunlight may cause your area rug to fade. Either place out of the direct sun or rotate every few months to reduce exposure.
• Avoid putting heavy furniture on your rugs without proper rug protectors.
• If you find you have creases, caused either in packing and shipping or from furniture resting on your rug, remove these creases by reverse rolling the area rug (pile side in) and resting your rug this way to allow it to relax.
• For harder to remove creases, use mild pressure on the back of the rug and roll the crease back and forth.
SPILLS & STAINS
Clean spills immediately by absorbing the moisture and then blotting with a moist clean cloth, working from the outside edges of the spill towards the center. Do not rub as this can set the stain further or cause your pile to fray.
Most stains if addressed immediately will not set and can be removed with cold water and mild detergents. Natural solutions using water and vinegar can aid in further removal of these stains. For harder to remove stains, professional cleaning is recommended. Sprinkling baking powder on your rug and letting sit for 10-15 minutes will help to absorb scents. Vacuum the powder completely after letting it sit.
Shake your rug out before vacuuming to loosen any dirt or debris. Slowly vacuum your rug in the direction of the pile with an upholstery attachment, row by row. For longer pile rugs, do not use the vacuums beater bar or power head as this could cause damage to both your area rug and vacuum. Avoid vacuuming hand-knotted fringes and ensure that you are vacuuming higher traffic areas more frequently to extend the life of your rug.
Hard Surfaces like Boot Trays, Anti-Fatigue Mats and can be cleaned by simply wiping clean with a damp cloth. Use a mild detergent for heavier spills. Soft surface mats like utility mats or fashion prints with Gel Latex backing are machine washable. Wash on a gentle cycle with warm water and then hang the mat to dry. All mats with woven backings should be cared for as rugs.
Patio rugs are very easy to clean. Simply shake out or rinse clean with a garden hose. Being outdoor rugs, they are constructed to withstand the outdoors and are therefore made with water and mold resistant materials. Hang to dry.
HAND MADE & SPECIALTY RUGS
Take special care when vacuuming your hand-made rugs. They should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt, lift fibers and keep it looking new. If you use a brush attachment, set it on high so as not to damage the fibers. Soak up spills immediately with a paper towel and use only water to clean stains. Do not use harsh chemicals. Send your hand-made rug to a professional for deep-cleaning.
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