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L&G RUG GUIDE
Rug pad: Because rugs wear primarily from the back first, we recommend the use of a pad to lengthen the life of your rug. A pad will also provide stability and keep the rug from slipping.
Silk: Silk is the soft, shiny fiber that is used in a variety of luxury textiles. Silk is obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm larva. The shiny appearance of silk comes from the fiber’s unique structure which refracts light at different angles. Silk is extremely high in tensile strength. It is also renewable and biodegradable. Silk has been used to make area rugs for hundreds of years.
Wool: Produced from the fleece of sheep, wool is a natural fiber that is highly regarded for its strength, durability and softness. Wool rugs have been a part of civilization for an estimated 8000 years. Wool carpets originated to provide insulation during the winter. Wool absorbs moisture up to 36% of its own weight, regulating temperature in the process. Because the surface repels water and resists grime, it’s naturally self-cleaning. Being a natural fiber, chances of allergies are highly reduced.
Cotton: Taken right from the cotton plant, this natural fiber is both soft and strong. Cotton area rugs can easily absorb a variety of dyes, allowing for many color options and designs. Cotton also makes a great backing material, helping rugs of all fibers keep their shape and lie flat against the floor.
Polyester: Also known as "PET," polyester is used in carpet manufacturing in both spun and filament constructions. Polyester has good physical properties and is inherently stain-resistant because it is hydrophobic (does not absorb water). Polyester has the disadvantage of tending to crush or mat down easily.
Grass fibers: Jute, sisal and coir are common examples of natural grass fibers used in area rugs. Extracted from their respective plants, these fibers are generally flat-woven to produce extremely strong, durable rugs. And, since the fibers are processed without the addition of harsh chemicals, the production of these rugs is also environmentally friendly. However, these rugs are not easily cleaned and do not hold up well in moist or damp environments.
Synthetic: Synthetic, or manmade, fibers are created from materials such as nylon, polypropylene, acrylic and viscose. In area rugs, these materials are often used to mimic the characteristics of natural fibers. For example, polypropylene is often used an inexpensive, but comparably soft substitute for wool. The disadvantage of synthetic rugs is that they can crush easily under heavy furniture.
Unpacking: Once you unpack your rug, it needs to “air out.” It may have wrinkles or bulges from being wrapped tightly. Simply lay the rug flat and the wrinkles will disappear in a few days.
Vacuuming: Regular vacuuming is a good thing. A suction-type vacuum is best. Make sure that if you are using an upright vacuum that the beater bar setting is turned off.
Cleaning: BLOT, DON’T RUB! This is the mantra when dealing with any textile material. Should you spill something on your rug, try to blot up the excess moisture with a clean white towel or a white paper towel. Once you have blotted up the excess moisture, blot some more, this time using a very slightly moist white towel or white paper towel. This will help dilute the spot. Then go back and use a dry towel to blot up the excess moisture once again. Repeat this entire process as many times as needed until the stain is removed. KEEP BLOTTING!
Occasionally you may need to have your rug cleaned by a professional. Make sure your rug cleaning professional knows the construction of your rug and its fiber content.
My rug is shedding like crazy, what’s going on? Shedding is when small pieces of fiber come loose from the rug. Sometimes it might seem like a lot of fiber is coming out of the rug. In fact, this is normal for a new rug and should subside within a couple of months.
Should I rotate my rug? Rotating the rug 180 degrees every 6 months will ensure that the rug wears evenly.
My rug smells- is that normal? In some cases, your rug might have a distinct smell. This smell is non-toxic and will subside after you keep the rug out in the air for a period of time. In some cases, the rug has been wrapped up for a while and has not had a chance to “air out”. The smell will dissipate in a matter of days or weeks.
Do I really need a rug pad? We recommend a pad under every rug. It will keep your rug in place and help it lay flat.
Which fiber is best for an area rug: natural or synthetic? Natural and synthetic fibers each possess unique characteristics. Synthetic fibers offer a high degree of abrasion and stain resistance, meaning it is difficult to wear them out. Natural fibers like wool and cotton have been around for centuries and offer vivid colors, excellent wearability and great appearance retention.
How do I store my area rug? If you are going to store your rug for any length of time it is recommended that you ROLL the rug (do not fold because this can cause creases), wrap it in plastic with moth flakes, then seal the package with tape. Poke a couple of holes in the plastic to allow the rug to breathe.
Should I have my area rug professionally cleaned? We recommend having your rugs cleaned only when it is needed. If your rug gets heavy use, cleaning once a year is fine. Average wear and tear necessitates a professional cleaning only once every 2-3 years. Regular vacuuming is recommended to keep your rug in the best shape possible.
Why is my area rug fading? All textiles will fade when exposed to sunlight as well as natural ozone in the air. If your rug is in direct contact with sunlight, its color may become more muted over time. If the rug is partially covered by furniture, you may notice that the exposed portions of the rug have changed color. This is a normal occurrence. We recommend that you keep the shades drawn during the time of day when the rug is exposed to direct sunlight.
Can I use different area rugs in the same room? Of course! As long as the colors complement one another, it’s perfectly acceptable to have different rugs in the same room. If you prefer a more cohesive feel, you can use similarly patterned and colored rugs in different sizes. We love the on-trend look of layered rugs. Use one of our vibrant kilims and place it over a larger, natural rug!