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Care Guide: How to look after your rug

Care Guide: How to look after your rug

Your home = all the feels. And the key to peak cosiness? Your rug. It makes a room look oh-so inviting, and feels great under your toes. But before you put those feet up, listen up. Here’s everything you need to know about caring for your floor filler.

How to care for your rug

  • Most new rugs, especially tufted ones, will shed for a period of time after you bring them home. Regular vacuuming using the suction-only attachment should keep this at bay.
  • Avoid folding your rug. If you need to move it, wool or viscose rugs need to be rolled with the backing facing outwards to avoid damaging the pile. Allow 2-3 days after your rug arrives for it to condition and lay flat.
  • Some crushing might be noticeable when your rug first arrives, or after rolling it up for storage. Don’t worry – when the rug’s laid out flat again, it should look back to its best within 2-3 days.
  • If you’re storing your rug, keep it in a dry, temperature-controlled and ventilated area to prevent fading.
  • Avoid pulling loose threads – cut them if you spot them.
  • For loop pile rugs, beat them rather than vacuuming to avoid damage.
  • Spills can be blotted with a dry, white cloth. For anything more, it's best to call in the professionals.
  • Don’t dry clean or iron your rug.
  • If your rug gets stained, always seek professional cleaning advice.

How to stop your rug from fading

All natural fibres can fade in sunlight, so if your rug's directly exposed, make sure you turn it regularly to ensure an even effect. You should also rotate it if it's unevenly covered by furniture, for the same reason.

To make sure your rug’s safe on laminate or hardwood floors, use an anti-slip mat underneath to keep it in place.

Caring for doormats

Due to their natural fibres, your doormat might shed or fade over time. Because of this, you should clean them by beating or vacuuming. Don’t machine wash or use hot water on your doormat.

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