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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.

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Creating An Outdoor Room With Artificial Trees

An outdoor room can really take your home to the next level. Here is everything you need to know to decorate the perfect outdoor room, courtesy of Artificial Plants and Trees.

So the first question which may have popped into your mind is, what exactly is an outdoor room? Well, it’s actually just very much what it sounds like. An outdoor room is when you transform a conservatory, patio, decking or general outside area into an extension of your living quarters by creating an area you can sit, chat and relax. Some people separate their outdoor room from the outside physically with screens, whilst other simply let it melt into their garden.

An outdoor room is fabulous because it gives you an outdoor space to use leisurely, so you can while away the evenings and sunny afternoons with a glass of wine or cool lemonade. You’ll feel like you’re abroad as the seasons change to summer and you watch the sunset from your luxurious outdoor space.

Obviously, a great outdoor room needs great outdoor furniture. Tables and comfortable chairs are a must, but what else do you need to help you really make your outdoor room feel special?

Artificial trees are a great way to decorate your outdoor room. They add the greenery, colour, and feelings of freshness and nature that you get from real trees without the hassle of maintaining them. But what are the best artificial trees out there for your outdoor room?

What kinds of artificial trees can you use to decorate your outdoor room?

There are lots of artificial trees available, and you should always choose ones which complement your décor and your tastes, but here are a few great ideas to get you started on your outdoor room decorating process.

Ficus trees

Ficus trees are a lovely addition to any outdoor room. They are amongst the bushiest and greenest artificial trees available, making them look really natural and lively.

You can get artificial ficus trees in a variety of sizes, so you’re sure to be able to include one in your outdoor room no matter the size.

Bonsai trees

Bonsai trees are a really popular option for those wanting artificial trees, and with good reason. These attractive plants give a much needed burst of greenery and freshness to any outdoor space, and can really make your outdoor room stand out from the rest. Like the ficus tree, you can get artificial bonsai trees in a variety of sizes.

Bamboo trees

Choosing to decorate your outdoor room with bamboo trees is a bit more of an unusual and exotic option, which will help your outdoor room feel truly unique. Bamboo trees work particularly well with a lot of outdoor furniture, and will really perfect your outdoor room by helping it achieve that blend of outside and inside. Once again, going artificial means you can get a bamboo tree in a variety of sizes, so it can work for you no matter how big or small your outdoor room is.

Palm trees

Palm trees will give you that holiday feel all year round, and really accentuate that sensation of being abroad as you spend your summer afternoons and evenings outside. Palm trees are a big, happy statement choice of artificial tree – one which you really can’t go wrong with!

Silk trees

Silk trees give off a more delicate, traditional feeling than the other options, as you can get silk orange trees, lemon trees, willow trees and maple trees. Any one of these is a beautiful addition to any outdoor room.

Why not mix and match these artificial trees to truly reflect your style? You’ll have perfected your outdoor room in no time!