Once you’ve made the purchase, your NH area rugs require maintenance. Without it your investment will undoubtedly wear and need replacing way before its time. However, knowing how to care for your area rug starts with understanding what materials it is made from. Do you have a 100% wool area rug or a wool blend? Perhaps your rug is made from synthetics or even natural fibers. With each material requiring unique care, this step is critical.
Once you determine your material, it’s time to get to work.
A synthetic blend is one of the easiest to care for – but also one of the trickiest. This area rug can be tricky because you need to know what the blend is! Wool, cotton, nylon, polypropylene – the list goes on. In general, a synthetic blend is easy to spot clean and requires vacuuming only once or twice a week. However, this generalization can change based upon the specific material and amount of foot traffic it sees.
Cotton area rugs
One of the best features of a cotton rug is that it is typically smaller in size. If this applies to your rug, go ahead and toss it into the washing machine! Be careful of colors and water temperature because, just like your clothing, a cotton rug and bleed and shrink. Although they provide easy maintenance, a cotton rug tends to be less durable than other options. Furthermore, you’ll want to hold off on the dryer and find a secure location to allow your area rug to air dry.
As a naturally durable and stain-resistant material, wool rugs are another easy option when it comes to care. If something spills, a mix of mild soap and water is all you will need! The downfall of caring for a 100% wool rug is that it tends to shed. With regular vacuuming, especially when you first receive the rug, you will successfully remove loose fibers eliminating the problem over time.
Finally, another type of popular NH area rug is created from natural fibers like jute and seagrass. In homes with less foot traffic, these two options are wonderful choices. However, both require more attention and care. If something is to spill, you will want to blot the stain with baking soda immediately to avoid permanent staining. Another notable feature is the potential to grow mold in humid areas. While seagrass works well in mild humidity, jute rugs will quickly develop fungus.
At Rug Depot, we’re committed to providing the highest levels of service. From helping you chose the best material for your home to providing the information you need to make your investment last, we’re here for you. For more information on the large selection of area rugs in our NH store, contact Rug Depot today at (800) 733-4784.