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3 Quick Tips For Cleaning Red Wine Off Your Area Rug

Area rugs can be wonderful staples for any room in your home. They can add color and texture, and they can enhance your decor. What happens, however, if you spill red wine on your area rug? This can be a worrisome situation, especially when dealing with a hard to remove substance like wine. If this is a concern you have and you want to ensure you are prepared should an accident like that happen, Rugknots have the top three tips for cleaning red wine off your area rug.

Use Salt

Many people do not realize that using salt on a red wine stain can truly save the day. You can soak up most of the wine with paper towels, but there will still be lots of the liquid that you will not be able to remove. This is where salt can come to the rescue. Pour a very generous amount on the stain while it is still fresh. The salt grains will work to soak up the stain. The way this works is that salt sucks up the moisture, which means that it will not work on stains that are already dry. This can take some time, so do not be in a rush to remove the salt. The longer the salt sits on the stain, the more likely it will be able to remove all of it form the rug.

Vinegar Solution

Another option to remove red wine stains from area rugs is to use a vinegar solution. You can make this solution y mixing one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Stir so that they are well combined. Be sure to only use white vinegar because other kind of vinegar can end up causing more stain issues. When the mixture is ready, soak a clean rag with it and dab it onto the stain. Never rub the stain, which can only spread it. With another rag, dry this time, blot the stain to soak up as much of the wine as possible. Once you have done this, use another rag, soaking it in cold water and press it firmly onto the stain. You can also pour a little water on the stain and press a clean rag onto it. To remove a stain, you may have to repeat these steps a few times.

Dish Soap and Peroxide

There is another great way of removing red wine stains from area rugs. This one requires you to combine a good amount of dish soap with hydrogen peroxide. The amounts will vary depending on the size of the stain, but it should not amount to more than half a cup of the mixture. Since peroxide has bleaching qualities, use this only for darker rugs. Soak one corner of a rag with the solution and blot it on the stain. Again, never rub the stain. Let the mixture sit on the stain for a few minutes and then blot again with a clean rag. The more time you allow the solution to sit, the more chance it has to soak up the stain.

These three options are very effective when it comes to removing red wine stains from area rugs. There is no reason why you should be afraid to have a beautiful rug, since even the worst of the stains can be dealt with. Always keep in mind that the quicker you get to the stain, the better. Dry stains are much harder to remove, so speed is of the essence in these situations. Try these tips and see how useful they can be.

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7 Surprising Facts About Area Rugs

The humble area rug is an often overlooked piece with the ability to jazz up or pull together any room. The right area rug can transform a boring, neutral room into a cozy contemporary space and turn your décor from disheveled to stylish and eclectic. Area rugs are also functional pieces that protect valuable hardwood floors, cover stains or damage, and provide a soft surface for your feet.

Although area rugs are more popular than ever, there are still many myths and misconceptions about how to incorporate them into your home. Here are seven facts about area rugs that might surprise you.

Area Rugs Are Not Just for the Floor

High-quality rugs look great hanging on the wall as a piece of art. Wall hanging is a great solution if you have an expensive rug that you want to preserve. Hanging area rugs on the wall is also an economical way to decorate because they cover a large part of the wall. Use ribbons to hang pictures or photos in front of wall-hanging rugs for a unique look.

A Rug Pad is Essential

Slipping is a common concern with area rugs, but a good rug pad eliminates that risk. Skip the carpet tape; the adhesive wears away quickly and can damage hardwood floors. Instead, choose a thick rug pad with a non-slip backing to keep your area rug safely in place. Rug pads also make the rug more comfortable and prevent the rough backing that is often found on less expensive rugs from scratching floors.

You Can Layer Area Rugs

Who says you have to limit yourself to one area rug per room? Place a smaller rug on top of a larger rug for a layered look. Use layering to save money by purchasing a more expensive rug in a smaller size and placing it on top of a larger, less expensive rug. Layering can save a damaged rug by covering the damaged areas with a smaller rug.

Area Rugs Don’t Have to Match

Perfectly matching an area rug with the room’s furnishings is difficult and unnecessary. Instead, use contrasting colors and patterns to create depth and interest. Use a color wheel to determine which colors will complement or contrast your room’s décor. Contrasting colors are opposites on the color wheel, and complementary colors are adjacent to each other. Pattern combinations like plaid with floral, or paisley with stripes, also provide an element of contrast.

Cheap Rugs Can Look Great

You don’t have to spend a fortune to brighten up your space with a colorful area rug. Affordable rugs can be found in discount stores and dollar stores. Cheap, replaceable rugs are great if you have messy kids and pets. They are also a good solution if you don’t have time to properly care for an expensive rug.

You Can Use Area Rugs on Carpeted Floors

Area rugs are not just for hardwood floors. An entire room of wall to wall carpeting can look boring and make the room appear smaller. Break the room up and add interest with an area rug in a contrasting color or pattern. Rugs also provide an inexpensive way to cover stains and damage on carpeting.

Area Rugs Can Go in the Kitchen or Dining Room

Don’t be afraid to put an area rug in the kitchen or under the dining room table. An area rug can define dining space in an open floor plan and provide a soft surface to stand on in the kitchen. Use a waterproof rug pad, and choose a rug with short fibers and stain protection to make cleanup easier.

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Why A Printed Gazebo Makes An Amazing Business Investment

Whether you regularly attend trade shows, business exhibitions or take part in bustling market stalls, the prospect of attracting customers and making a memorable impact can be a little daunting at times, especially when there are so many other businesses around who are all just as eager to stand out from the crowd.

A little preparation and a strong focus on branding can go a long way when it comes to showcasing your business. A printed gazebo featuring your company’s logo and contact details is one very easy, and affordable way to show off the best of your brand, so you can focus entirely on networking and building those all important business relationships.

Still not sure if a printed gazebo is worth the investment? Here are just a few reasons why we consider them to be a powerful business tool.

Creates a clean, professional image

If nothing else, a sleek gazebo complete with company logos shows complete commitment to your brand, which also makes it more likely to gain the attention of new customers. Fail to do this and your lack of branding is likely to come off as unprofessional and a little home-made – not exactly the first impression you are trying to make when you are attempting to establish new business ties.

Stand out as a sponsor

For those businesses that like to get involved in community events, a gazebo is a great way to showcase your brand at the same time. If you are looking to sponsor local sports teams, fun runs, or any other kind of outdoor event, a pop-up gazebo with your name on it means your efforts are more likely to be noted by onlookers and remembered for all the right reasons.

Free advertising

Lets face it. Advertising does not come cheap. That is why you should make the most of every advertising opportunity that you can get. If you are already sponsoring an event or attending a trade show, branding your own gazebo is an incredibly easy way to advertise your business at very little cost. It is also a great way to make sure no opportunities are missed.

Adding your contact details to your design gives you the opportunity to reach customers who don’t get a chance to approach you directly. Displaying those all important contact detail means attendees have the opportunity to make not of your information so they can contact you at a later date. Adding a call to action to your design can also be a successful way of encouraging hesitant customers to get in touch or buy now.

It makes your brand memorable

While your presence at any event is key and provides plenty of networking opportunities, no matter how much of an impact you make personally, failing to place your brand name on full display could hinder your success. A well presented stand with plenty of visuals including your business name means that your brand is more likely to be recognised and remembered in the future, once again helping you to attract a wider customer base.

If you have been inspired by this article to invest in a printed gazebo or two for your business, look no further than Rock awnings. With over ten years experience and plenty of options available on our website, you are guaranteed to find a model suitable for you. Whether you want something heavy duty or a lower budget model to suit a single event, why not call 01254691127 to discuss your requirements.

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The Basics Of Rug Maintenance – Keeping Your Rug Clean

It’s certainly common knowledge that, if you own a carpet or various rugs, frankly you’re going to be spending a lot of time trying to keep them clean and maintain this routine, too.

More people than you think tend to skip cleaning their rugs when carrying out general housework, simply because they don’t know how to get their rug into tip-top shape.

Not only this, but people also don’t realize how much dirt and grime really get into the fibers of the rugs.

And, FYI, it’s a lot. So, for these reasons, hard-to-clean rugs tend to get left alone most of the time, which isn’t right.

Basics of Rug Maintenance

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Alas, help is here! Courtesy of RugknotsWe have compiled together a list of helpful tips and bits of advice for you to keep your precious rugs clean when need be. After reading this handy article, you’ll know the vital basics of rug maintenance and will never worry about the cleanliness of your rug ever again.

Tip #1 – Take Control

The question that many carpet & rug owners tend to ask themselves is, “Why is it getting so dirty?” and, actually, it’s a pretty simple answer. The secret is to take the measures that will stop the dirt getting there in the first place.

Firstly, take your shoes off before stepping on the rug or carpet, and make sure everyone else does, too. Make it routine to take your shoes off when you arrive home from work, and leave a pair of comfortable slippers to hop into, instead. Shoes can bring in all sorts of nasty things you’ve stepped on outside, and who wants this dirt getting into their rug fibers? Not you, I’m sure.

Tip #2 – Use Your Vacuum Cleaner Regularly

It is recommended to use your vacuum cleaner on your rug and/or carpet at least twice a week, especially if the room regularly has many people inside it walking around.

Obviously, it all depends on the material of your rug, because each one requires a different method of cleaning. But, using your vacuum cleaner on the rug is almost always a guaranteed way of getting out the dirt for good.

Be sure to always change the bag or canister before it becomes full, make sure you remove debris from the brushes (such as string or fibers) and perhaps wipe the vacuum cleaner down with a little white vinegar to keep it free from dust.

Plus, always try to check that there are no obstructions blocking the airflow before switching it on. This is very important.

Tip #3 –Make The Most Of A Local Cleaning Company

Often, the best and most effective solution for deep cleaning rugs thoroughly and basic rug maintenance is to roll them up and send them off to a specialist cleaning company, who will happily do all the work for you, and take the responsibility right off your hands.

There are much more than you think out there, and it’s just a matter of asking a friend or family member, or searching online. The choice is yours! If you’re busy with work, home life or other stuff, this option is pretty much ideal, and worth the cost, too.

Tip #4 – Use Cleaning Materials At Home

On the other hand, however, there are plenty of genius tricks for you to do at home if you ever encounter any stains or spillages. For example, using a lint-free rag (don’t confuse ‘rag’ with ‘rug’!) with liquid or dry carpet cleaner is a great way to blot any spills. Get some of the cleaner on to the rag, and dab the stain using your index finger underneath the rag.

It’s very important that you don’t rub the cleaner in, because this will usually make the stain worse than it is, and push the stain into the fibers, essentially damaging it in the long run. Let the cleaner set into the rug, and remove the remaining amount using the handy item that is a plastic scraper. This will allow you to scrape away as much of the cleaner as possible, without rubbing it in to the fibers of the rug.

When you’ve done this, blot away the rest using the rag.

Tip #5 – Use Simple Methods That Go A Long Way

Another good way to get rid of spillages instantly is to grab a handful of paper towels, place them on the area of the spillage and press down hard using your hands. Simple, but extremely effective.

Cleaning rugs with soapy water is another good one. Mix your own cleaning solution with regular clear hand-dishwashing soap in water (try not to use colored soap, because this might leave a residue on the rug), and use this combination to get any nasty stains or spillages out of your rug. To rinse the mixture away, spray the area with water, or blot with a wet towel.

Afterwards, blot the area with a dry towel (as explained above). Who knew that basic rug maintenance could be so simple?

Tip #6 – Keep Your Rug Away From Sunlight

So many people don’t consider the amount of damage that the sunlight can do to their rugs. Of course, it’s not a super-important requirement that rugs need to be kept totally away from UV rays, but it is definitely recommended.

For example, lots of folks clean their rugs and then hang them outside in the sun to dry, which is, clearly, a bad idea. However, they don’t realize the damage that the sunlight is really doing. The rays tend to age carpets and rugs significantly, particularly those with darker colors.

Try to keep yours away from these harmful rays, and it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll last longer.

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Television Shows: Favorite Oriental Rugs

This year’s television season brought us a captivating supply of interior design ideas. We have been enthralled by the beautiful Persian Oriental rugs gracing the sound stages of America’s most beloved TV shows.

How can we keep quiet about the impeccable Persian rugs that caught our eye? With so many fascinating and popular TV shows adorning their floors with wool heirlooms, which Persian rug styles do you think are the most exquisite?

We would love to know. Here are some of Television’s favorite oriental rugs!

Sherlock Holmes

The Sherlock Holmes BBC, British crime drama features a gorgeous traditional Persian rug in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective story.

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Traditional Persian rugs are considered to be the softest rugs in all the world. One of the reasons for this is Persian Oriental rugs are hand knotted from 100% wool, and they also go through a lengthy hand washing process that makes them super soft.

The rug that was used in this television drama of Sherlock Homes offers elegant beauty and a classic look that would complement any home.

Our adjective for this area rug is “timeless.” For thousands of years a hand crafted and hand knotted Oriental rug has been the status symbol of good taste and much like detective Holmes himself is considered to be ageless and unforgettable.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is a part fictional tale about a sprawling Yorkshire country estate, and the antics of its inhibitors the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.

The television drama is filmed on location at Highclere Castle in Hampshire. The furnishings and tapestries are all original to the castle. Lady Sybil shows off her new American evening dress and poses for acrylates on the fabulous gold and red ornate Persian carpet located in the Drawing Room.

The drawing room displays a more relaxed Edwardian era lifestyle within the Abby. During this enlightened time, Europeans preferred light colors over the traditional deep reds of the Victorian era.

The neutral Persian rug adorning the floor is a high knot count hand woven piece. This rug is shown in the family drawing room, which as time passed became known as the living room.

The Good Wife

With regards to set design on the popular television show The Good Wife, interior designer and set designer Beth Kushnick must be doing something right. Winner of several Emmy Awards, Beth Kushnick has been recognized for creating ground breaking designs and having a sense of innovation and inventive décor instinct.

Alicia’s apartment is a prime example. Set in Manhattans upper east side, the wide paneled hardwood floors and traditional Persian rug all create a collection of design elements that later went for sale with a partnership stricken with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Interlude Home. The launch of this Good Wife Collection includes accessories and lighting that coincide with season 4.

CBS This Morning Saturday

Since cartoons on Saturday morning have gone by the wayside, the popular CBS This Morning Show treats viewers to national news, culinary delights and the hottest emerging musical artists on the planet.

Our keen eye noticed that every musical set was performed upon a conventional Persian Oriental Rug woven in traditional red motifs and styling’s. There is a good reason for the Oriental rug to adorn their performance stage. 100% wool Oriental rugs remove the echo and starkness from any room they grace.

They not only warm the floor, but also create sound proofing, creating an atmosphere of pleasing acoustics and warmth for all.

The Voice

Step upon the singing stage of The Voice, and you will be treading upon not only a hopeful walk to fame but also upon a luxurious hand knotted Chobi Ziegler Oriental rug.

Of course the stage lights are altering the true hand dyed colors of this extraordinary piece, but we can assure you that our keen eye for valuable Persian rugs has identified this oversized Oriental rug as the fresh and floral motif known to be woven into a traditional Chobi Ziegler.

This rug was painstakingly hand knotted inch by inch on a loom. It is most likely made of 100% natural wool and was placed on the stage to create exceptional acoustics.

Arrow

Even Super Hero’s need a home, and Oliver Queen- the Arrow- is a handsome billionaire that lives in a mansion in Star City, fights crime, and is an accomplished martial artist and a pretty dead shot with an archery bow. Bad villains beware.

The Arrow will find you if you failed this city. We’ve watched several seasons of the Arrow and always admire the Chobi Ziegler Oriental rug that graces the Queen family foyer. The placement of this beautiful rug makes sense. The rug is made of 100% wool and because of that it will stand up to high traffic and resist moisture from wet boots and shoes.