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How to Keep Your Rug Young Forever?

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Rugs are warm, cozy and elegant accessories in your home. But over the time, our rugs face wear and tear along with the inevitable aging. However, by taking some simple precautions you can definitely add some more years to your rugs’ life. Read on to find out how to keep these area rugs in their best shape for maximum time.

1. Take Care of Indentations
Indentations on the rugs creep in when you rearrange or swap your furniture with a new piece that differs from the size of the previous one. It is important for proper rug maintenance to keep these nuances out of the picture. To get rid of these indentations, place an ice cube in indentation and wait until it gets melted. Then gently brush the fiber with fingers to revive it. Avoid scrubbing, for it can be fatal to your rug’s fiber. Also, make sure not to drag the furniture across the rug, if you want it to last for long.

2. Prevent Traffic Cycles

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Some areas in our homes are more treaded than others, for example, your hallways or shortcuts you use in reaching from one point to another. We mostly walk along the same pathways in our home. This equates to some regions of your rug getting more foot traffic than the others. Result is that your rug begins to show signs of aging earlier than it should, and sooner or later, you get forced to dump away the whole rug. You can get over this problem by spinning your rug 180 degrees after every couple of months. This can even out your rug’s wear and tear, ultimately increasing its life.

3. Take Help of Baking Soda

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Often rugs pick up surrounding odor and it gets settled in its fiber. At times, this odor gets released in the interiors, bringing down the overall indoor air quality. Also, stained rugs can be stinky. To avoid all this, sprinkle some baking soda over the rug. Preferably leave it for a couple of hours and then vacuum away the baking soda along with the odor.

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Rug Facts: Things you didn’t know About Overdyed Rugs

In the recent years, old rugs have been given a makeover by over dyeing them to complement the modern decor.

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Overdyed rugs are gaining a lot of popularity these days. This dyeing process not only provides a new life to the battered rug but also adds vivacious colors to the dull rug, while still maintaining the timeless class of an original handcrafted piece of art. As overdyeing is mainly carried out on the rugs which are faded or worn out, so this recycling helps in preserving these traditional treasures.

What type of rugs can be overdyed?

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Only antique wool hand-knotted rugs can be over dyed, as these rugs are woven by a skilled artisan on a specially designed loom, wherein every individual knot is tied by hand. Every hand-knotted rug is a handcrafted piece that is durable enough to withstand the over dyeing technique.

What types of rugs can’t be overdyed?

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The rugs that cannot be overdyed are hand-tufted and synthetic rugs. A hand-tufted rug is made by punching a design into a stenciled canvas and after that a fabric backing is glued at the back in order to hold the rug together, and finally a fringe is sewn or glued to appear hand knotted. This technique cannot resist the dye retaining process.

Synthetic rugs made of polypropylene, nylon, or acrylic, are basically made with plastic backing and they cannot retain any dye.

How should you clean your overdyed rug?

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You should clean an overdyed rug in exactly the same way you clean any other woolen rug. If your overdyed rug is made using proper methods, you will not have to worry about bleeding of colors. Dab the solution of white vinegar and mild soap on the rug. Do not rub the solution, just dab it as rubbing can damage the rug. Vacuum the rug using a vacuum cleaner, which does not consist of a beater bar as beater bar is too powerful and might pull off the rug fibers.

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Over Dyed rugs are a great way to bring a pop of color into a room with a neutral color palette or you can also match the rug with other elements of the room. They go really well with your modern decor and the traditional pattern gives a classic hint to your decor.

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