Floors, Rugs

Tips on the Upkeep of Rug Pads

If the rug pads are being used in the kitchen and bathroom areas of home, they are most likely to get dirty and moist most of the time as they are more in usage. In the kitchen, the rug pads are more prone to oil spills and the bathroom rug pads could easily get wet.
It is important to keep the rug pads clean and they should be checked on regular basis. Some of the rugs are made of such fabrics that when they get dirty, they attract more dust particles towards them. This would affect the rug pads underneath getting dusty too.
rug-pad-8Rug pads must be placed under the rugs in order to avoid people from slipping and keeping the area soft. It provides cushioning to the rug. Sunlight could cause the colors of the rug to fade so you should keep rotating the rug from one position to another after a period of time.
It is better to vacuum the rugs regularly as it also helps to keep the rug pads clean and last longer. Some rug pads which are made up of plastic or rubber material, if not cleaned or moved for a very long time could even stick to the flooring. It is always better to take advice from the salesperson so that you should know which type of rug pad will be suitable with the flooring of your house.
If you need to store or move the rug pad, it could be folded or rolled up and placed in a plastic bag sprayed with an insecticide suitable for the fibers the rug pad contains. While reusing, when you’ll unfold the sheet and walk on it, the creases will disappear.
In order to remove stains of beer, oil spill, coffee, colors, furniture dye, ketchup, ice-creams, tea and other stuff, you can now make an easy solution at home and keep it for cleaning of the rug and rug pads. All you need is one teaspoon of detergent (dishwashing or laundry) mixed with one teaspoon of white vinegar in a quarter cup of water. You can use a piece of damp cloth or paper towel dipped in the solution and rub it on the stain towards the direction of pile. The stain will be gone in no time.
Dry foam cleaners are also available and they are applied to the rug, even those with thick rug pads, as a foamy mixture and is vacuumed afterwards when the solution gets dry. Dry powder cleaners are sprinkled on the rug pads and they absorb all the dust particles in them. They could also be vacuum cleaned after a while.
It is always important to check the precautions before selecting a cleaning material for the rug pads because some chemicals might react with the materials used in the rug pads and might not be suitable for thick rug pads.

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How to choose the best color for your kid’s nursery?

Have you ever wondered about how much color you should exactly put in your nursery? How much color is perfect for proper stimulation? Well, these are some common questions that we often hear from our clients. They are mostly worried about how the color is likely to affect their baby. There has been an extensive scientific research about how colors affect infants. While no proper conclusion has been made from the debate, why not take advantage of this and incorporate it in your nursery? While your little one may not perceive all the colors properly for quite some time, but as they get older the same color is going to affect them. So here’s a list of colors and how they affect your child.

Red- This color of passion and excitement attracts a huge attention. Although it can be used as an accent, do not use it on the wall as it might invoke volatile personality traits on your child.

Orange- Orange is a quite warm, comfortable and cozy color. It is friendly, promotes conversation and is likely to help your child get rid of his inhibitions. Choose a warmer shade of orange for a cozier ambience.

Yellow- This is a lively and cheerful color but it should also be used with proper caution and warm shades of yellow might irritate your kid. Subtle yellow will promote concentration and help in developing better emotional health.

Green- Being a calm and refreshing color, green is perfect to incorporate in a learning environment. It will aid in concentration and thinking abilities.

Blue- This is an excellent color for healing and cooling a baby who is easily agitated. Gray blue makes a kid sad and warmer shades of the color should never be used around food. Subtle blue can be a perfect choice for the nurser y as it improves productivity.
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Purple- Purple is a mysterious and incredibly dignified color which is mostly associated with royalty. Pastel purple can be perfect for the nursery as they calm your kid and also retain the luxurious appeal.

While- Although white is a pure and innocent color; it can also promote a kind of secretiveness. Do not go for bare white walls as splashes of color will only evoke your kid’s emotions.

Pink- This is a very loving and feminine color, particularly meant for your little girls. Pink is an excellent calming color for a child’s room who often throws fits and tantrums.

Gray- Gray is an intuitive and emotional color that motivates your child to contemplate and think about things. But do not go for too darker shades as they promote sadness. Use a warm tone with a dash of bright colors for the perfect feel.

Brown- This is an earthly and grounded color and a dark chocolate brown can be the perfect shade for the nursery. Avoid the middle shades of brown as they don’t really look good.

Black- This is an authoritative color and should be therefore used in moderation. The color is strong and perfect for rooms which have lots of natural lighting and bigger windows.
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There are many ways to experiment with colors. If you’re planning to revamp a nursery, take a couple of minutes to browse through the list and choose a perfect color for your baby.

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Care tips for oriental rugs

Oriental rugs create an atmosphere of upscale elegance, artistry and beauty to a home that cannot be achieved with the average rugs. Though they set a high aesthetic standard and they are set to last, neglect can take the best of them leading to wear. For this reason, they require a high standard of maintenance. Knowing how to properly take care of your rug will help keep it in tip top shape for many years.

The best way to accomplish this is to vacuum both side properly. Vacuuming the front side of an oriental rug gets the dirt up and vacuuming the back side removes the deep down dirt. Begin by vacuuming the front side first then flip it over and vacuum underneath the carpet. To prevent spreading the dirt, vacuum in the direction of the pile and be careful when vacuuming the edges especially the fringes.

persian-rugVacuuming in the direction of the pile will help to prevent additional dirt and dust from settling farther into the pile. Vacuuming against the direction of the pile or sideways will brush and lift the pile.

It is recommended that you vacuum in at least two directions, starting with moving in the direction of the pile.

· Change the beater brush height.

Consider changing the beater brush height to a higher setting. This is because a brush that is too low can easily damage the rug by pulling the knots and fibers out. The beater bar should touch the rug fibers to release the dirt but not dig in and cause balding.

· Use the upholstery brush to clean fringes.

Be careful with a cleaner that is equipped with a beater bar or power brush. These powered brushes in the vacuum do a great job on machine made carpeting but they can damage the top layer of oriental rugs if strenuously used. Therefore, if your vacuum cleaner has a power brush, use it lightly and only occasionally on your oriental rug.

For regular cleaning, use the plain vacuum nozzle. This especially important for fringes. Avoid running a power brush or an upright vacuum over fringes as they shred the fringes and causes fast wear. The fringes get caught and chewed up the rotating mechanism of the brush.

For easier cleaning, clean spills immediately. However, you should not use bleach or soap on your rug to clean it. Begin with absorbing the spills with paper towels by daubing it gently from one end to another of the spill and moving towards the center to prevent the spill from spreading. To stop further damage, place paper towels under the spill as well and use only water to clean the spills and if the stain cannot be removed.

To prevent sun damage, keep your rug away from direct sunlight as it damages the rug making it to fade and become lighter when hit by the sun’s rays.

Another care tip for oriental rugs is to vary the pathways. When furniture is placed on the Oriental rug, it creates a natural pathway that is frequently used. To prevent this, you should move the furniture on the rug so that the walkways are changed. This stops wearing out in just a single place.images

· Utilize padding

Placing a rug pad beneath the Oriental rug protects the shape of the rug, stabilizes it and reduces wrinkling. This in turn enhances the value of the rug as well as makes it comfortable and safe to walk on.

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Open Floor Plans: A Concept In Modern Living

“Open concept” is a common term in home design vocabulary. It’s all about ripping down walls in order to create open-floor plans for the kitchen, living and dining areas. Although separate rooms are still a charm today, a majority of homeowners are doing away with their traditional floor designs so they can enjoy movie watching, cooking and eating all in one space.
What Inspired This Trend?

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In the mid-90s, the open-living plan was seen by homebuilders as an ideal way to design a home efficiently without using too much space. Back then, split-level and ranch homes were very popular. That hasn’t really changed a lot as modern interior and architecture designs draw most of their cues from the mid-90s cultural norms for convenience.
The trend has been inspired by our modern way of life: Parents simultaneously share child-care and cooking responsibilities (blurred gender roles). We are also living in media and tech driven world in which we are expected to catch up on the day’s bulletin during dinner hence the rise in open concept designs.

Benefits of Open Floor Plans
Open concept makes even the smaller spaces feel brighter and bigger. You can transform small rooms into light-filled spaces. Large great rooms are ideal for watching over on your kids. In addition, you can accomplish other household chores like cooking dinner while interacting with your little ones. What’s more, placing a computer and desk on the back of the sofa or against a wall makes the transformed room even more multi-functional.

Tips for Open Floor Designs
Use lighting and furnishings to define spaces in your home. Lighting helps to outline various sections of a room. Replace large ceiling fans or place a chandelier dining table in the center of the living space. See to it that you maintain the same design style throughout the space.

Maintain The Same Design Style
It might sound obvious; however, keeping an aesthetic stream throughout an open concept living space is not an option. Essential design features like recessed lighting and flooring should be uniform. Color palettes in every space ought to supplement each other. Include different hues and texture layers for accents and highlights.

Include a Feature in All Areas
Open-floor-plan-organized-with-shleving-unitsCreating outstanding design features in every area won’t only make your room shine, but also help to distinguish each space. You can try a gallery-wall in the dining room, for example. Give every functional space a matching personality and have fun.
Keep an Open Space
Maintaining open views from each and every area to the next is important in open-floor plans. As much as you will like to be stylish, it is also important that you be strategic with placement. Avoid cluttering the sight lines with inappropriately large accessories or furniture, or even tall bookcases. Also see to it that you keep natural light and windows unobstructed.
Certainly, open floor plans have their own share of drawbacks. However, they offer efficient use of space and brighter living areas as well as multifunctional elements. This makes them a very popular choice for modern homeowners. They have blended very well into today’s architectural designs and their popularity will continue to rise as years go by.

Rug Pads

An Insight into the Rug Pads for Your Home Decor

When shopping for a rug pad, most people do not pay much attention to it. However, this is contrary to what a recent study conducted by one Textile Testing Service says.

Superior-Hard-Surface-and-Carpet-Rug-Pad-5-x-8-P10703411In that study, a chair weighing 150 pounds was rolled over different pad and carpet combinations for more than 20,000 times. The study revealed that those carpets that had no pads lost approximately 19.3% in thickness. On the other hand, those with rug pads only lost between 5 and 10% in thickness. It is, therefore, evident that a rug pad can:
• Protect the integrity of your pad.
• Make the cleaning of your carpet easy and efficient because the rug does not only raise the carpet slightly but also removes more dirt.
• It offers a soft walk and feels to your carpet.
• Save you some money in the end.
• Create a comfortable and enjoyable walking experience; it provides thermal insulation.
• Ensure quiet walking on the floor of your home. This is hand for those homes that have more than one level.

 

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When it comes to buying a rug pad for your area rug, neither should you throw caution to the winds nor should size and thickness of the rug deceive you. Waffle-type foam and rubber padding type of rug pads should be avoided as much as possible. Why? These paddings may spell doom to the lifespan of your area rug. They may cause uneven wear on your area rug because they do not lie flat.
Remember, having a wrong carpet in your house will not only damage the quality of your area rug but also damage your flooring too. That is why you need to take some time thinking about the right rug pad for your needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
– Are there any members of your family of your family using a wheelchair?
– How many people will be walking on the rug?
– Where will the rug be used? Near the door or near your bed?
– Which type of furniture will be placed on the carpet?
An article published in the New York Times revealed that large area rugs need to be protected from wear and tear. For instance, room-size Orientals need padding for the area rugs to stay in top condition. Without the rug pads, furniture may skid over the area rug and destroy it as a result. It is worth noting that hair, thick synthetic foam, rubber, and jute are used to make quality rug pads. The location of your area rug should guide you when shopping for a rug pad. For example, pads that raise the rug too high should not be used near doorways because they will obstruct the door.
Nonskid vinyl and rubber padding are the best options for thin area rugs. Why? The chances are that the area rugs will either slip on the floor or wrinkle but with the rug pads, the possibility of that happening does not exist. Moreover, thin rug pads are handy when there is someone in your house who uses a wheelchair. This is because a thin pad makes the rolling of the wheels easy; wheelchair wheels cannot move on a soft surface.

 

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Benefits of rug pads

When you purchase new rugs floor your home, one of the things that you should never forget to buy is are rug pads. A rug pad is usually placed beneath the floor and of course it is very unlikely that anyone will see it. However, you should invest in one because there are several benefits that come with it. Below are some benefits of rug pads;

1) Increases your rug’s lifespan

Using a rug pad helps a lot in lengthening the lifespan of your rug. This is because, it helps in reducing wear & tear on your rug. It does not only protect the rug but also the floor and therefore investing in one is really worth it

2) Breathing space

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Rug pads also help in creating a breathing space for air to pass through the rug. This ensures that there is good aeration between the rug and the floor. Additionally, it also aerates the room and therefore you can be sure to breath in fresh air. Note that, without a rug pad, bacteria and mold can easily build up beneath the rug due to the temperature and moisture in the living room.

3) Comfort

Rug pads are also great in creating some comfort on your floor and making your living room more appealing .Every time you walk or stand on a rug with a rug pad beneath it you will definitely feel the softness in it. In fact with a rag pad beneath the rug, you can even sit on it and do some yoga

4) sound reduction

Rug pads have also been proven to help in sound reduction & deadening. When you have many people in your home, there will be a lot of noise generated around the area but with a rug pad such noise is minimized.

5) Prevent slips & falls

You may have noticed that if your rug is not held by something like a large furniture or even a coffee table, one can easily slipper and even fall down. With a rug pad beneath it, the slippery aspect of your rug is completely eliminated therefore when walking on it you do not have to worry about slips or falls.

6) Prevent floor stains

imagesThe dyes and tints in a rug can easily wear off the floor. Dirt and stains can also go through the rug and when you walk on it, you can even grind such dirt into the floor. The floor may even end up losing its original color because of this. A rug pad acts as a barrier between the rug and the floor and therefore it prevents any dirt or stains from reaching the floor.

Conclusion

When purchasing a rug pad, do not opt for the cheaper ones. Some of the good ones are the waffle pad and the dual type rug pad which are made using natural rubber on one side and felt on the side. Rug pads that are made with latex backings or synthetic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) can cause discoloration and damage on your floor. Do not go for the cheap waffle pads and if you are looking for a thin, non-slippery pad go for a waffle pad made of natural rubber.

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Positively stimulating your baby with a baby’s room

Amazing-Baby-Room-Painting-Ideas-2015-baby-rooms-decor-trendsWhile a baby’s room is meant to provide the baby with a place to rest and spend time at safely and comfortably, proper stimulation is another key component of appropriate baby’s room decor. Your child should be stimulated in all the right ways throughout its stay in the room in order to guarantee its development into a young person.
This can be done through various methods depending on the child’s gender and preferences. In general, colors can make or break a baby’s room as the right colors will radiate calmness, soothing the baby while also capturing its attention more.
Most of the stimulation that the baby will receive in its room, however, will come in the form of different objects added to its surroundings. This is an important step in order to keep the child focused on the things it enjoys and promote its development, especially if you are introducing objects inside the child’s reach so that it may play with them.
In particular, certain items hanging from threads above the baby’s crib are very popular as they don’t put the baby at any risk by staying outside its reach while also providing constant entertainment. If spun, they can have the child watching them unwind for hours with constant curiosity. Stars make some of the most common types of these decorations as they can mimic a starry sky during the night, lulling the baby to sleep every night.
Indeed, much of the purpose of these additions is to keep the child content and away from seeking things to do. A child whose attention isn’t focused on something sufficiently engaging might soon grow bored and dissatisfied, manifesting as either dangerous attempts to leave the crib or simply crying as the parents struggle to figure out what’s wrong.
Many children also enjoy having a toy inside their crib that they can hold onto or play with. This toy can also act as a type of companion and prevent the child from feeling lonely when its parents aren’t in the room. Parents unable to spend a lot of time inside the baby’s room will find it especially beneficial to introduce such an object into the baby’s crib. Of course, great care needs to be taken when picking the right toy as many of the common children’s toys put babies at risk of injury, most often through swallowing some of its parts. A toy without any detachable parts should be picked while making sure it is sturdy enough that the baby can’t rip it and potentially eat some of the stuffing.
However, be cautious when introducing elements to the baby’s surroundings as different babies react differently to items around them. Your baby might hate a toy that is advertised with children in mind, leaving you at a loss when attempting to figure out the source of the child’s constant unhappiness. You always need to be wary of each and every part of your baby’s room decor and be ready to remove any of them should you believe that their appearance is causing your child discontent.

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Reasons Why Each Rug Need a Rug Pad

As an adult you will know many things in life which you even never experienced when you were growing up. Some of the things you will come to learn as you grow include sustainability, eco-friendly and organic. When working on a tight budget, you will try to locate organic products. As a woman in my thirty plus, I have several requirements which a product should fulfill before it can enter my household. It doesn’t matter, whether it is a cleaning supply or decor, it should pass through the criteria.

When it comes to home décor, rugs have been my lust. Different people have different likes. There are others who like their lamps, furniture, but I like rugs. I believe they play a great role in making or breaking the decor of any room. Many people become confused when trying to figure out the difference between rugs and pads.

Rug Pads: what?

When buying natural fibers, you will make your household easily recyclable and it will eventually go back to the earth without pollution. When buying rugs for your home, it is advisable for you to go for natural fibers such as sea grass, wool, sisal and jute. If you will prefer a colorful rug, then ensure colors used on the rugs are all natural. Biodegradable colors which are non-toxic will make you reduce waste and pollution in the environment.

Rug pads: why?

Every rug will need a rug pad. There are many reasons why, here are reasons why each rug need a rug pad:

1. Safety

You will achieve great safety after you place a rug pad under your rug. Even if the rug will be placed on a carpet, a hardwood floor or any other flooring, a rug pad will reduce slippage and pulls which can expose you to safety concerns. You will walk comfortably in your home without fear of falling due to slippage.Ultra-Stop-Rug-Pad-ASST-000

2. Longevity

A pad will play a great role in preventing the fibers from being crushed. The pad will act as a buffer between the rug above and the hard surface below. Your rugs will last for long if you will have a rug pad below them. The cost of buying rug pads is cheaper when compared to the cost of buying expensive rugs.You will prolong the lifespan of your rugs after you decide to have the rug pads installed below them and the hard surfaces.

3. Protection

Rug pads will prevent dye transfer, staining, marring and scratching which can be caused by the floor or the carpet beneath. The dye in your area rugs will be preserved for long after you buy the rug pads and have them installed below your rugs.

4. Comfort Thick-Rug-Pads-For-Hardwood-Floors

If you will like to achieve great comfort when walking in your home, you need to add pads in your home. They add softness underfoot when walking in the home. They also act as cushion which will reduce noise felt when walking in your home.

5. Cleanliness

You will find it very easy when vacuuming your home after you install the pads. The pads act as buffers which will prevent the rugs from developing hard stains.

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Treating the baby’s room as the new main room

For most people, the living room inside their home is the main room and they treat it as such regardless of what the decor involves. However, once a baby is on the way and you are about to make a room for it, you should shift your mindset to thinking of the baby’s room as the new living room, so to speak. Your living room will no longer be the central and most important room of the house, as this honor will now Nursery-Rooms-Light-Pink-And-Polkadot-Wall-Decal-Sophisticated-Nursery-Room-Decoration-With-White-Convertible-Baby-Crib-And-White-Drawer-Also-Unique-Pendant-Lamp-Trendy-Lighting-Bedroom-Design-Ideasbelong to the room where your baby resides.
This means that you will have to pay a lot more attention to the design and decoration of the baby’s room than you did for any of the other rooms in your home, including the living room. In fact, most of our living rooms aren’t even that special, mostly consisting of some randomly placed sofas and a TV around which the family gathers. This can’t be the case with the baby’s room, as every piece of it needs to be added in accordance with the specific needs that toddlers have.
When designing a baby’s room, you need to think about each and every thing that your child might require during its stay there. Some of the most obvious examples are hygienic requirements so that the child can always feel clean, even after relieving itself. This is facilitated through the addition of a specifically designed cupboard on which you can change the child’s diapers quickly and efficiently, maximizing the child’s safety and minimizing your effort. The cupboard should also be filled with all sorts of readily available hygienic accessories, like powders and clean diapers.
The crib inside the baby’s room is comparable to the couch or sofa in a living room, in that it is the central piece of the room and one that needs the most attention paid to it. It should have very comfortable padding as the child will be spending most of its time there, and the comfort of the inside of the crib also dictates how easily the child will be able to fall asleep, in turn reducing your stress. The crib should also have high enough walls that the child can never climb them in attempts to explore while also having holes allowing the toddler to observe its surroundings.
Another reason why the baby’s room will become the most important room in your home is the fact that you will be spending much of your time there. Whereas before you would have spent most of the time in your home inside your kitchen, eating and preparing food, as well as the living room where you relaxed on the sofa and watched TV, you will now largely be relocating to the baby’s room in order to provide it with the biggest amount of care possible. As such, a baby’s room should also be decorated in a way that will make the parents’ stay there almost as comfortable as the toddler’s through the addition of cosy furniture on which you can sit as you look over your child for many hours.
While using your living room is a good frame of reference to the amount of attention you need to pay when designing the baby’s room, it’s by far from the ultimate one. While some people will have living rooms that don’t include much and aren’t a particularly pleasant environment to spend time in, this doesn’t mean that they should let themselves go easy on the baby’s room decor. Even if the rest of the home isn’t of a particularly notable design, the baby’s room should still be made following the highest standards of baby’s room decor.
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Floors, Home Decor, Rugs

Tips for cleaning wool rugs

Cleaning a wool rug is, in many ways, easier than cleaning your regular synthetic rug, because wool offers natural resistance towards dirt and stains. However, you also can’t use any method you can think of XR90100203WH-01to clean your rug, as the results will go from aggravating the situation to utterly ruining the carpet. Wool carpets tend to cost a bit more because their longevity makes them an investment, so why ruin this investment through improper care? Even if you don’t dream of once passing on your wool rug to a younger generation, you are still responsible for maintaing its vitality and ensuring its life expectancy isn’t cut back a hundredfold. Yes, wool rugs are very hard to catch fire because of wool’s naturally resistant fibers. Once a fire reaches them, it is immediately extinguished. Does this mean you should carelessly drop things containing fire or embers such as cigarettes, lighters or matches onto the rug? No, because it can leave a mark and is generally not a nice thing to do. Sure, wool resists moisture the same way, and when liquid falls into a wool rug, it isn’t absorbed for a time. Doesn’t mean we should spill our drink over the wool carpet and think it will take care of itself, does it? Instead, we should look to act as quickly as we can, before the fibers get soaked in a liquid, and use a water-vinegar mixture to remove the spill. This does not mean scrubbing –endless stains are caused by misinformed carpet owners scrubbing the stain in like there’s no tomorrow when they’re supposed to blot instead. Check any and all documentation for your rug, including the cleaning instructions. They will often give you an idea of what you shouldn’t use while cleaning your wool rug. Chemical cleaning agents, in particular ones containing alkaline, are almost universally a bad choice for wool rugs because they can damage the fibers and stain the carpet, possibly even more than a regular spill would. This is why it’s best to follow a method of cleaning you’ve thought through, basic but not simple. After you have gotten rid of all the dust and dirt through a combination of shaking and vacuuming, you can sponge the rug gently with a mixture of soap and water. If the carpet is a big mess, you might want to precede this step by hosing the rug down thoroughly. Once done sponging, rinse it with water well, not letting any soap stick with the rug. From there it’s all about drying the rug as quickly as possible. If it’s sunny outside, your best bet is to leave the carpet out to dry. If it’s not, pay extra attention to wringing and squeezing the carpet for liquid, and throw in some gentle towel wiping to really make sure no moisture is left. Never go against the instructions provided by the rug manufacturer, as that will often damage the rug on top of voiding your warranty. Keep your wool rug as clean as a sheep would its wool, and it will serve you just as faithfully.