<![CDATA[]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:18:53 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Remove-Pet-Hair-From-Area-Rugs/ You vacuum your area rugs on a regular basis, and you try your best to keep them clean, but if you have pets, it sure can seem like an uphill battle. Those furry little bundles of joy can wreak serious havoc, like little shedding time bombs filled with love and dander. Sometimes vacuuming alone doesn't do the trick when it comes to eliminating pet hair, so what's a baffled pet lover to do? Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and grab that area rug. We have work to do. How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

The Rubber Glove Approach

Here's a little known but highly effective secret for pet hair removal. Take a rubber glove or sandal, place it over your hand, and firmly rub the carpet in the direction of the pile. You'll be amazed by how quickly the hair separates from the rug. This handy little trick is also effective for removing pet hair from clothing and blankets.

The Damp Sponge Approach

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

Take a damp sponge and gently brush it over the carpet. Make sure not to soak the sponge, as excess water may only make your problems worse (did somebody say mold?). It's best to vacuum the carpet first, and it's also worth noting that this approach works best on low pile rugs. After you have finished with your pet hair removal effort, allow the rug to air dry.

The Baking Soda Approach

This final technique is especially useful if your area rug has become plagued by pet odor. Gently sprinkle baking soda over the rug, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum. The hair will clump together and lift from the rug more readily, along with the baking soda. Your area rug will smell fresh, and your pets will be free to shed again (hey, it's a never-ending job when you love your dogs and cats).

Tips and Tricks

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

When vacuuming, try using your thin hose extensions. Not only is this approach much easier on the rug fibers, but it's more effective for targeting pet hair and dander. The more often you vacuum, the easier it will be to remove the pet hair. Finally, remember to brush and otherwise groom your pets often, as this will minimize the accumulation of dander.

Pet Lovers Unite

We love our dogs and cats; they bring us tremendous joy, and a bit of hair is a very small price to pay for the unconditional love that these wonderful animals afford us. Still, we want to keep our décor looking ship shape, and with a bit of elbow grease, we can do just that, pets or no pets. If you're looking for some new eco-friendly area rugs of your very own, check out the wide selection at Natural Home Rugs. Our rugs are sustainable, all-natural and affordable. Get yours today.

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<![CDATA[How to Clean Sisal and Seagrass Rugs ]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Clean-Sisal-and-Seagrass-Rugs/ Are your natural area rugs starting to look a bit worse for the wear? Perhaps you're just afraid to clean them because you can't figure out the best solution. Harsh cleaning solvents can fade or discolor the beautiful fibers, soap leaves a sticky residue behind, and not all carpet cleaners are formulated for natural rugs. So what's a frustrated spring cleaner to do? Before you toss the sisal out with the bathwater, there is a simple solution to your problem. You can make your own safe, natural rug cleaner at home.

Getting Your Area Rugs Cleaner Than Ever Before

1)      Vacuum the rug to remove any surface dirt. For smaller rugs, you'll want to use a hand vac or a hose extension. Just be careful not to vacuum the fringe along the ends as you run your vacuum over the entire woven surface. The exception to this rule would be if you're cleaning a fresh stain, such as pet urine. As a general rule, you should vacuum your area rugs often to keep them looking like new.

How to Clean Sisal and Seagrass Rugs

2)      Add one to two drops of mild dish detergent to a bucket of water. Apply the solution to a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth, and gently blot any stains. For stubborn stains or pet stains, try a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Just make sure only to use white vinegar, also called distilled vinegar or household vinegar, as it contains only 3 percent acetic acid. Higher acid concentrations may discolor or even damage your fibers.

3)      Use a hair dryer to evaporate the water quickly. Water can weaken natural rug fibers, so you don't want to let the moisture linger for any longer than you have to. You might also place colorfast towels over the location of the stain, and weigh them down with a heavy set of books or paperweights overnight, so that the towels can fully absorb the liquid.

Additional Tips for Cleaning Area Rugs

For larger area rugs, it may be difficult to move them out of the room for cleaning. If this is this case, place a drop cloth over the main floor, in order to protect it while you clean your area rug. If water and vinegar prove ineffective at cleaning tough stains, try adding a touch of oxygen bleach (such as OxiClean). Finally, take your smaller rugs outdoors about once a week and give them a good shake to remove the loose dirt. With simple ongoing maintenance, you should have no trouble keeping your sisal and seagrass rugs looking like new.

How to Clean Sisal and Seagrass Rugs

While you're here, be sure to check out Natural Home Rugs for an amazing selection of gorgeous natural area rugs, all eco-friendly and affordable. You'll never look at area rugs quite the same way.

 

 

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<![CDATA[How to Clean Your Natural Area Rug]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/05-02-how-to-clean-your-rug/ We receive many calls and emails from rug owners asking us how to clean their rugs. With the proper maintenance, rugs from Natural Area Rugs will last awhile. If you want a rug that requires minimal maintenance, we suggest a natural fiber rug. Environmentally friendly and durable, natural fiber rugs are made from hair-like materials that resemble thread. They are made from plant and animal sources as opposed to synthetic fibers which are artificial. Examples of natural fiber rugs include jute, sisal, seagrass, and wool. Seagrass, sisal, and jute rugs are the easiest to care for. We recommend vacuuming your rug once a week go with and against the weaving. If a spill does occur blot it up immediately with a dry cloth. If the stain is stubborn dampen the cloth with soda water and try again. Rubbing the stain will only expand the affected area and the stain will set. Don’t use any harsh chemicals as this could ruin your rug.

Hygienic Natural Rug

It is not recommended that you put natural fiber rugs in areas with moisture and humidity. These areas can cause the natural area rugs to expand or shrink causing damage to your rug. Therefore, the kitchen, bathroom, and basement are not good areas to place your rug. Try the living room, bedroom, or home office. If you do live in a particularly humid area, we suggest purchasing a spray protector to help the rug from absorbing moisture.

Wool rugs are a bit harder to clean than other natural fiber rugs. Begin by beating your wool rug outside with a rug beater. It’s important that you beat it hard to get out all the dirt that may be embedded in the rug. Then, proceed to sweep your rug and vacuum it twice a week. If the wool rug is placed in a high traffic area it’s recommended that the rug owner rotates the rug 180 degrees every month. If the wool rug is in a low traffic area, once a year is more than enough.

Steam cleaning is recommended twice a year, but only use water. If a spill occurs blot it up immediately with paper towels. Rubbing the stain can cause the wool to become matted over time. If a stain is particularly tough use a cleaning foam or Woolite. Never use oxygen based cleaners. These cleaners are extremely harsh and can damage your rug.

Cowhide patchwork rugs are bought for their texture and their uniqueness. No two cowhide patchwork rug is the same. Unlike the other rugs mentioned, cowhide patchwork rugs are a little harder to maintain. We don’t recommend putting a cowhide patchwork rug in a high traffic area as it will wear the rug down quickly. We also don’t recommend placing your rug in a sunny area as the sun can cause the color in your rug to fade.

Do not dry clean or machine wash your cowhide patchwork rug. Instead, brush it with a hard plastic brush. This will keep the hair soft and fluffy while removing dirt. To clean, wipe the rug with a damp cloth with mild soap. Make sure the cloth is not wet and the soap does not contain alkaline. Do not soak the rug. After you’ve cleaned it, it is important to vacuum it or give it a good shake to get out any dirt that may still be in the rug. Spill do occur and it’s important to blot up the spill with a sponge or paper towel immediately. If the stain is persistent we recommended using mild soap.

The rugs we sell are durable and are known for their longevity. When taken care of they will last you for many years. Whether you purchase a seagrass, jute, or cowhide patchwork rug, it’s important to follow these instructions carefully to get the most out of your rug.

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Thu, 02 May 2013 09:21:41 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Clean Seagrass Rugs]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/how-to-clean/

Seagrass rugs are remarkably easy to clean and to maintain. Their reed-like fibers don’t absorb stains or spills unless you let the rug soak in liquid for several days – and we can’t imagine you’d ever do anything like that.

For most owners, you’ll be able to keep your seagrass rug looking like new with just a few passes with the vacuum as you do your regular cleaning. This will keep dirt from building up on the surface of your rug, making it look dingy or discoloring it.

When you vacuum, make sure to vacuum from both directions: left to right, and top to bottom. The way that seagrass rugs are woven means that they have raised edges throughout the weave, and if you only vacuum from one direction, you will likely miss quite a bit of dirt that is trapped under those raised edges.

While vacuuming should be sufficient for your seagrass rug for years, natural home rugs like ours are sure to last for a very long time, sometimes you may want to do a more extensive cleaning at some point. Here are a few tips to clean your seagrass rug without damaging it.

  • For fresh stains, simply blot. Seagrass doesn’t absorb stains easily, so you can usually blot up a stain without any trouble with a paper towel or a clean rag. Don’t scrub; you’ll only work the liquid deeper into the weave.
  • For difficult stains, blot with cleaner. A small amount of mild detergent or carpet shampoo can be blotted on and then blotted up again with a clean damp cloth. Do not use lots of water! Soaking the rug will damage it. Just a small amount will do the trick. Dry the spot with a hair dryer afterward.
  • See a carpet cleaner. For smaller seagrass rugs, such as an area rug, you can bring your rug to a dry cleaner if you would like an overall extensive cleaning that won’t damage the fibers. Make sure you bring it to a trusted drycleaner – you don’t want your beautiful natural seagreass rug damaged by an untested one!

A word of warning: Never, ever use a steam-cleaner or wet shampoo on seagrass rugs. Seagrass is a natural fiber and if exposed to the amount of heat and moisture in a steam cleaner, it will warp. It will also damage the fibers themselves, making them weak and possibly breaking them. Avoid at all costs!

If you’d like a beautiful, stain-resistant natural seagrass rug for your home, please feel free to browse our collection and contact us with any questions you may have. Enjoy!

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