There are plenty of factors to consider when buying a rug and it can become overwhelming. Knowing how to choose the right rug size for your space is one of the most significant details.
In general people buy rugs that are too small because 5×7 and 6x9s are so much cheaper than 8x10s or 9x12s. However, it is often going to make the whole space look chopped up and accidental looking so in a way you’ve just wasted that money.
Measure the size of your SEATING AREA before shopping and get the closest size up from that. If your budget is tight and your room is small you can have a smaller rug that floats in front of the furniture. (This is especially ok if your sofa is backed up against the wall.)
You don’t need to waste the rug real estate under the sofa if you can’t even see that it’s there. But if your furniture is floating (furniture with legs) or if the room is big, get a larger rug or it will make the room look smaller and totally out of proportion.
One of the principal functions of a rug is to pull the room together. We hope these tips will help with navigating through the various sizes of area rugs for your seating area.
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Area Rug Cleaning Company came out to my house, picked up two very large hand woven rugs, and gave me an appropriate estimate right away. They then brought the rugs back to their shop and double checked the estimate to make sure we were both on the same page. They were so quick with the job that they actually had them ready for me before I was even ready to have them back!
Ann Arbor, MI
If you are intending to put your house on the market this summer or just want a more “put-together” look, here are some tips to help you along with achieving those goals.
Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture. Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by. Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a great extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.
Get your house sparkling clean. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff.
Style your dining room table. The dining room is often a blind spot in decorating the home. Between dinners, a dining room table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it up with visitors in mind can increase the appeal. An oversize arrangement can look too stiff and formal, so try lining up a series of smaller vessels down the center of the table instead.
Take a good look at your floors. At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning, along with carpet and rugs. Consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape. If you don’t want to invest in refinishing floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.
Beware pet odors. If you have pets, get all rugs cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Also do not forget to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when tours are scheduled.
Rearrange your furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.
Entice people to explore the whole house. By placing something that draws the eye to the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a hanging light or even a colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.
Some people consider rug cleaning to be a DIY activity. However, there are some things you should consider before attempting to clean your rug yourself:
A professional rug cleaner provides high quality cleaning
Professional rug cleaning goes further than your regular vacuum or home steam cleaner can do. The equipment and tools used will disinfect and clean your rugs, creating a hygienic environment for you and your family.
The rugs in your home can harbor dirt, grime and allergens brought in from outdoors. If someone in your family has any allergies, rug cleaning can help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air.
Professional rug cleaners have training and experience
There are many types of rugs on the market. Some require different cleaning methods from others. Using the wrong technique can damage the rug fiber and in time ruins the rug.
Rugs can be expensive if you have to replace them. A professional rug cleaning can help extend the life of the rug. Dirt, sand and grime over time can permanently damage rug fibers. This damage results in wear and discoloration of the rug.
Professional rug cleaners can help with trouble areas
Pets, children and walking traffic can leave your rugs stained and worn. A professional rug cleaner can help you freshen your rugs, eliminate odors and prevent rugs from matting from use.
The rug cleaner can also assess your rugs use to determine how often you should get your rugs cleaned. Regular cleaning can help eliminate some of these issues and keep your rugs in shape so that they last longer.
Professional rug cleaning frees up your time for other things
Rug cleaning can be a time and energy intensive process. By hiring a qualified company, you can leave it in their hands. This allows you to spend your time doing things you enjoy or to spend time with your family.
What’s the best kind of dirt? The sort that never enters your house in the first place. That’s dirt in its proper place – dirt that you don’t have to clean up. One of the best ways to streamline your cleaning routine is to cut the mess off at the source. So here’s lots of advice on how to stop dirt in its tracks:
1. Put out a welcome mat: Place a nice thick mat at every door; the bigger the better. This includes the door from the garage and the back door coming in from the back yard, not just the front door. Make sure that everyone knows that they need to use the mat to wipe their feet before coming into the house, and that the mats are not just for decoration.
2. Have a no shoes policy: Asking your family and guests to remove their shoes when they come into the house is becoming a more common practice these days. However, for this to work it’s important to have a place for your guests and family to put their shoes when they come in. You could have a basket or a shelf on the floor by the door to give an obvious nod to your guests that they should remove their shoes when coming into your home.
3. Close your doors: Dirt just likes to travel. It’s happiest when it can roam freely all over your home, hiding in nooks and crannies where it’s most labor-intensive to find and remove. So stop dirt at the borders. That is, habitually keep your doors, drawers, cabinets, wardrobes and other barriers closed. This will keep dirt out in the open, where vacuum cleaners and cleaning cloths will be able to deal with it more readily.
4. Supply a bench: Placing a bench by the door where people can sit down and remove their shoes is a great option for eliminating the tracking of mud into the house. Many benches come with baskets underneath where indoor shoes can be stowed for the family. Some benches even have a mirror and coat hooks, creating a mini mudroom feel that can work for most any door in the house.
5. Place throw rugs by the door: Keeping throw rugs on the floor by the doors is another way that you can capture some of the errant mud that often finds its way into your house. Between a mat on the outside and a rug on the inside most people will get the dirt and mud off of their shoes. Choose rugs that are easy to shake out or throw into the washing machine. Rubber backed rugs won’t slip on hardwood or carpeting.
6. Use only one door: During bad weather use only one door. Using an entrance that comes into an area that is easy to clean will minimize the mess. Reducing the number of entrances will allow you to keep up with any footprints or dirt that comes in so that it isn’t tracked through the rest of the house.
7. Keep a towel by the door: Place a towel by the door so that when you bring your pet back into the house you can dry his feet. This will help reduce wet footprints on your floors and furniture. If your pet has muddy feet you may need to use a damp rag or wipes to clean off the mud before it can be tracked into your house.
8. Keep pet paw hair trimmed: Have your groomer trim your pet’s paw hair to remove the fur from between the pads of the feet. This fur is what collects the dirt and allows Fido to bring in grass and other debris from outside. Keeping up with this grooming yourself will minimize how much your pet will track in.
9. Sweep sidewalks: Keep walkways clean as they approach your door. If the sidewalk is clean there is less of a chance that dirt will be tracked in. The same goes for keeping patio areas and garage floors neat and clean. Eliminating dirt from the point of entry will reduce the work to keep it out.
10. Update flooring: Keep in mind the next time you update the flooring in your home to install easy to clean flooring. Hardwood is an excellent option because it is easily swept and mopped. Including a tile entryway can also reduce the amount of dirt tracked onto your carpet. Installing stain resistant carpeting is another smart option so that if mud is tracked into the home it will not stain the carpet and can be easily cleaned up.
It is kind of unsettling to see that all that dirt was in your carpet. When your vacuum looks full to the brim, it’s time to clean it out and here’s how to tackle it.
Remove the canister and empty the contents into the trash.
Take the canister apart, remove any stubborn dirt/fluff and rinse in warm water.
Check your filters and clean as needed. Some are washable so just rinse in warm water until the water runs clear, squeeze out the excess and let it air dry. (Check your manual for instructions on how to care for your filter.)
Check hoses for blockage. There should be one at the roller brush but also check where the dirt goes into the canister and the hose attachment.
Use a seam ripper to remove hair and string from the roller brush. Scissors would work as well.
Wipe the vacuum clean and wait 24 hours for its parts to thoroughly dry before putting it back together. If the filter is still damp after 24 hours, use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
After the vacuum is cleaned, lean it back up and turn it on for 30 seconds to run air through the system to loosen any potential clogs.
We all love our pets, but do you know what they bring into your home?
Saliva: A dog has at Least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth
All of these bacteria are left behind when your pet slobbers on your upholstery or rugs.
Pet waste: There are 20 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste – urine or feces! These bacteria remain on rugs even after you clean up the waste.
Dander: An estimated 30 million Americans are allergic to animals with pet dander being the main cause!
Simply vacuuming may not get rid of all of the allergens.
Dirt: Studies show that dirt carries many different forms of bacteria and a square foot of carpet can harbor up to 1 pound of dirt!
Our rug cleaning system will deep clean your rugs, removing the places bacteria can hide.
The EPA recommends that homes with pets have their rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months for the most effective cleaning and removal of pet hair, odors, dander, and dirt or soil.
How can you keep your rugs and carpets clean when every time your door opens the deluge of snow and dirt wants to sneak in – in children’s shoes, on pets’ paws, on the feet of guests, and so on?! Here are some handy tips to help keep your rugs clean(er):
- Ban shoes in the house, or buy each family member a few pairs of house-shoes to change into. Set up a shoe rack at each entry, so shoes can be immediately taken off. Pick up some extra pairs in various sizes for guests, and hang a sign asking them politely to divest themselves of footwear before entering the main area of your home. Most people will cheerfully comply and understand.
- Have mats inside and out – one to stomp on outside the door to remove as much dirty snow as possible, and one inside for people to stand on while removing their footwear.
- Add runners down heavily trafficked areas in the home – from doorway to kitchen, in front of the couch, and down hallways. These will take the brunt of the dirt if someone forgets to take their shoes off.
- Set up a pen around the doggie door. Your pet can re-enter the home, but must stay on a rug covered penned area until you are able to snag a towel and wipe his or her feet off. No muddy paw prints on the clean carpet!
No matter how hard you try, the rugs are going to get dirty, so give us a call to help get them clean again.
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I have used Area Rug Cleaning Co for 10 years now because they are terrific! I depend on them to clean my area rugs, as well as a couple of valuable oriental rugs. They always do a good job and I would never use anyone else. Their front office is wonderful too because everyone is welcoming and nice.
Ann Arbor , MI
In addition to our advanced Rug Cleaning Process and the other great services we offer, we also have the ability to create a Custom Rug Pad specifically designed for when oriental or area rugs are placed over carpeted floors or hard surfaces like wood or tile.