Month: November 2017
Indoor-outdoor rugs are perfect for any home that has kids, pets or a lot of foot traffic. These rugs are incredibly durable, easy to clean and maintain and they also last a long time. You really do get your money’s worth out of these carpets and rugs.
Although many of indoor-outdoor carpets and rugs are stain resistant, a few of them still require cleaning just like any other carpet or rug in your home. Clean up all spills as quickly as possible to prevent them from setting in. Work from the outside of the spill inward to prevent spreading the stain. Keep blotting the area with a clean white towel until the entire spill is absorbed. Plain water will remove most stains, but for harder stains such as tomato, wine or juice, you can use dish soap and cold water to clean the stain. With an old toothbrush, scrub the dish soap into the area and blot the area with a clean towel until dry. Vinegar and water mixture will also remove odors that can occur from some stains such as pet messes.
Preserving the Life of an Indoor-Outdoor Carpet
Vacuuming and sweeping the area regularly to prevent dirt build-up that can destroy the carpet fibers is the first step to preserving the life of your carpet or rug. When vacuuming, however, do not use a beater bar or brush attachment on the vacuum as this can destroy the pile of the carpet and compromise the durability of the carpet. For area rugs of this material, use a hose and mild dish soap on both sides of the rug to remove dirt and debris. Then hang over a line from the center of the rug to dry. Hanging from the center prevents the rug from being distorted while on the clothesline.
Preventing Curled Rug Corners
Most rugs within a home that has heavy foot traffic will encounter curled corners at some point. Curled corners on a rug pose a tripping hazard that makes it essential to resolve the issue as soon as possible. It can be easily fixed by dampening the corners of the rug, by placing a damp towel over the area to weigh it down and leave it overnight. You can also use Velcro on the corners of the rug to prevent the corners from being kicked up as people walk across them. Indoor-outdoor rugs experience this problem more than any other type of rug because of the synthetic material that the rug is made of. Using no slip mats is another method to prevent the corners of the rug from curling.
Indoor-outdoor rugs were designed for decks and patios but became more and more popular through the years as the choice of colors and styles evolved making it much easier to bring them inside the home. These rugs are perfect for any home with small children or pets as they are easy to clean and maintain. They last significantly longer than traditional rugs or carpets and look great in the home, no matter what your interior design style is.