Rug Care & Maintenance
Just like everything else today, rugs need special care to prolong their beauty and provide years of use. Regular cleaning and adequate treatments will help extend the life of your rug.
KAS recommends only the use of Woolite as a mild detergent for the cleaning of all rugs. The cleaning process should involve applying the Woolite with a soft bristle brush, rinsing lightly with water (not saturated), extracting with a vacuum, and the rug should then be dried by air or a low-temperature hair dryer.
How To Choose A Rug
- Rug is a piece of art on the floor and becomes the visual point in a room.
- Adds life to solid furniture & Adds warmth in a hard surface room.
- Can create an additional sound barrier
- Protects furniture and flooring. (Always use a rug pad under a rug).
- A Rug often sets the tone and is the focal point of a room. An incredible add-on sale as it completes the “look”.
- Color and design fit personality and style. There is also seasonality.
- Styles include: Traditional, Transitional, Solids, Geometric, Contemporary, and Casual
- We encourage people to lay out with tape or create newspaper templates on their floor to get a size visual.
- A good rule of thumb in a room is to leave 15” -18” of bare floor exposed when considering a large size rug.
- Popular dining room sizes include: 5’x 8’ (4 chairs), 8’ x 10’ (6 chairs), 9’ x 12’ (8 chairs). A good rule of thumb is to leave 20” on each end of table to allow chairs to be pulled out.
- Popular living room sizes include: 5’x 8’ (in front of grouping), 8’ x 10’ (front feet from furniture on rug) or 9’ x 12’ (all furniture on rug).
- Bedroom considerations:
- Frame Your Bed When laying down an area rug in your bedroom, it should extend 36″ or so all around the bed. Alternatively, it could extend just on the sides, leaving the foot of the bed directly on the floor.
- Another option is to angle the bed on the rug to accommodate a smaller rug space. Standard sizes: 8′ x 10′ (queen), 9′ x 12′ (king). Runners are also a good idea and can be used on either side and/or at the foot of the bed.
- Remember larger rugs give the illusion of a bigger room, whereas a smaller rug in a large room will get lost.
- Hand Knotted Rugs are most expensive. This is where “one of a kind” and antiques are found.
- Rugs with added textures, space dying, finer wools, special washing, etc. will all add to the price.
- Silk is the most expensive fiber used, followed by wool. Synthetics are often the least expensive.
- Determine how the product will be used.
- Don’t forget that Indoor/Outdoor products can also be used inside and are perfect for busy families/kitchen areas/ etc. as they are easy to clean.
- High Traffic areas require different fibers/constructions than less traffic areas. Also keep in mind textures, colors etc. Many rugs must be professionally cleaned.
- Although Wool extremely durable, if allergies exist, a synthetic fiber may be a better option.