What To Expect When You’re Expecting … A Rug.

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It is our goal at PlushBlog to educate our buyers on what to expect during the ownership of their rug, from the moment the packaging is ripped open in anticipation, through the many years to come that the rug will be a source of enjoyment.

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Wool Rug:

Wool is a high-quality natural fiber often used in the making of rugs. If you have never owned a wool rug before, you are in for a treat. There are a few things you should know when purchasing a wool area rug. The first and most important thing is: wool rugs shed. This shedding is most heavy in the first month of ownership. This is completely normal and will slow over time. You will find that when a rug is hand knotted, because of its knotted construction, it will tend to shed less than a hand tufted rug.

Because all new wool rugs shed more, it is highly recommended that you vacuum the rug at least once a week for the first few months of ownership. Vacuuming in the correct manner is key; you don’t want to damage your rug (no matter its material), so proper vacuuming instructions will follow a little later.

All wool rugs are not the same. How the wool is treated, and the diameter of the fibers, are factors in how the rug will feel. You will find that the quality of the wool, of course, will affect the price as well.

 

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Handmade Rug:

Handmade rugs are among the most prestigious; because of the amount of time and expertise put into each rug, they are of a fantastic quality, and they look like it! Because they are made by hand, no two are identical. You may find tiny deviations in the pattern, or even variation in the overall size. Recognizing this, PlushRugs.com allows up to an 8% variance in the size of handmade rugs.

Handmade rugs are also susceptible to fibers coming loose throughout the lifetime of the rug. Your rug may arrive with loose fibers (aka “sprouts”) and/or may develop them over time. This is normal, even if the rug has a looped construction, and is easily fixed. All you need to do is snip the sprout with sharp scissors. You will want the fibers to be flush with the surface of the rug. Never pull the fibers out as that can lead to more fibers coming loose and could potentially put a hold in the rug.  Handmade rugs of any type, not just wool, may shed initially. This is normal and should slow over time.

 

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What To Expect Once Your Rug Arrives:

When you receive your rug, unwrap it carefully, preserving it if possible for re-use in the event that you decide it doesn’t work for you and you want to return it.

Once your rug is unwrapped, there are a couple things you may notice right off the bat. The first is that the rug may have a smell to it (comparative to the first few days after new carpeting is installed in your home.) This scent should fade in a week or less. Also, occasionally your rug may arrive with creases in it, due to the rug being held in the same position for a while, or it may not lie flat immediately since the rug was rolled. Usually if you give gravity a few days, it will work its magic to flatten the rug. If not, try rolling the rug in the direction opposite than it arrived. Then leave it like that for anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks.  In the rare case that this does not improve the creasing or help the rug lie flat, please contact us for further help.

 

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What To Expect Regarding Wear And/Or Fading Over Time:

We suggest you rotate your rug every 3-6 months to prevent uneven wear caused by foot traffic, and to prevent fading if your rug is in partial or full sunlight. It is also highly recommended to purchase a rug pad with your rug. It will extend the life of your new by absorbing some of the impact between the rug and the floor, causing less wear over time. It also has the added benefit of feeling a bit softer underfoot, and added safety as the rug will not move around on the floor.

 

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How To Vacuum Your Rug:

All rugs need to be vacuumed to stay clean, but vacuuming improperly can damage the rug. Beater bars (the spinning bar at the front of most upright vacuums) can pull fibers out of the rug, or cause the face of the rug to become fuzzy; also, high-powered vacuums can pull threads from the rug and/or cause unnecessary sprouts. Due to this, canister vacuums without beater bars are the most recommended.  Regarding upright vacuums, you can use the handheld attachment, or turn your beater bar off to vacuum normally. Brooms and sweepers will also gently clean the rug and most can be taken outside and lightly shaken or beaten.  Finally, if your rug has fringe on it, you should use a handheld attachment to clean it.  The fringe is delicate and easily destroyed by vacuums.

Most area rugs are an investment, and when purchasing a rug the little “quirks” of different types of rugs should be considered, as well as the continuing maintenance. If you have any questions about topics not covered here, please contact us at info@plushrugs.com for further information.

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