My rug is shedding, what is going on?
Should I rotate my rug?
Rotating the rug 180 degrees every 3-6 months will ensure that the rug wears and fades evenly.
We recommend a pad under every rug. It will keep your rug in place and lay flat, extend the life of your rug, prevent it from curling, wrinkling and slipping. A rug pad will also help maintain the rugs shape and protect floors and carpets against possible colour transfer from the rug.
Which fibre is best for an area rug: natural or synthetic?
Natural and synthetic fibres each possess unique characteristics. Synthetic fibres like polypropylene and polyester offer a high degree of durability and stain resistance, meaning it is difficult to wear them out. Natural fibers like wool and cotton have been around for centuries and offer vivid colours, excellent wearability and great appearance retention.
Which fibre is best for an area rug: natural or synthetic?
We recommend having your rugs cleaned only when it is needed. If your rug gets heavy use, cleaning once a year is fine. Average wear and tear necessitates a professional cleaning only once every 2-3 years. Regular vacuuming is recommended to keep your rug in the best shape possible. Use extra caution when cleaning handmade rugs, professional cleaning is recommended.
How do I store my area rug?
A rug in storage, especially if it has not been professionally cleaned and properly prepared for storage, can be damaged in a relatively short time. Rolling it for storage is generally the most beneficial. Wrap your carpet in a breathable fabric like a cotton sheet or muslin to keep it protected. If you want expert-level protection, consider wrapping your rug in a polyurethane rug wrap. These rug wraps are designed to provide a superior barrier against dampness and insects and will be more effective than muslin. Do not use plastic to wrap your rug, since it will keep it from breathing. Store the rug off the ground in a cool, and in a dry environment, checking the rug for any signs of damage every few months.
Why is my area rug fading?
My rug is creased/not lying flat - what do I do?
Buckling/creasing or not lying flat can be common with new rugs. The best way to speed up the rug relaxing flat is to reverse-roll / back-roll the rug and apply pressure at the same time on the area where the rug is creased / folded. Leave it back-rolled for a few hours or overnight to give the rug some time for its tension to relax. Then, lay it out again and see how well it worked. If needed, redo your reverse roll and repeat. If the above does not work, also try lying the rug out in the sun for a couple of hours to warm up and loosen the back of the rug to help it lie flat.
I am putting a rug in my child's room, is it safe?
All of our rugs are safe for household use under Australian law and regulation. Wool and jute rugs do shed, please note this if you have a young child that may put these fibres in their mouth. Polypropylene and polyester are great options as they do not shed and are incredibly durable. Ensure to air the rug out before putting into the room as they can have a chemical smell when first unwrapped.
Can I put any rug outside if it is under shelter?
Only use a rug made for outdoor use outside. Our outdoor rugs are UV stable for up to 100 continuous hours and are able to get damp unlike indoor rugs. To extend the life of your rug, it is suited to a partially/fully covered outdoor area and it is best to avoid allowing the rug to get wet where possible as this will make it heavy and difficult to dry. To assist with drying, lay the rug on a flat, elevated surface with airflow. Hanging over an object when drying may cause it to warp slightly.
What chemicals are used in my rug?
All of our rugs are safe for household use under Australian law and regulation and are non-toxic.
There is a tuft sticking out from my rug, what do I do?
If your rug is hand made, woven, braided, woven in anyway, there will be imperfections and inconsistencies. Tufts/sprouts are perfectly normal, especially where the end of the yarn pops up from being tucked under the weave. You can push these tufts back in using a blunt instrument.
Why does my rug look different in my house compared to online?
Keeping it Clean
- Canister vacuums without beater bars are the optimal type of vacuum to use on rugs
- Brooms and manual sweepers are also a gentle and effective way to clean rugs
- If you must use an upright vacuum, use the handheld attachment whenever possible
- Refrain from running the vacuum over the edges of the rug or the rugs.
- Instead, use the handheld attachment or carefully place the vacuum on the rug
- If a rug is reversible remember to vacuum both sides.
- For hand woven rugs, use extra caution when vacuuming as the suction can pull the weave, alternatively, you can take the rug outside to shake it out
It is highly recommended to rotate your rug 180 degrees every 3-6 months to balance appearance, fading and to distribute wear evenly.
- Outdoor Safe products require regular care and cleaning
- To extend the life of your outdoor rug store the rug rolled and in the shade when not in use
- Leaving an outdoor rug in direct or indirect sunlight outdoors may cause fading
- Use extra caution when cleaning handmade rugs, professional cleaning is recommended.
- When in doubt, spot clean and use a professional cleaner
- Clean spills immediately
- Once a stain is set is becomes much more difficult to clean
- Blot the spill with a dry cotton cloth or a clean paper towel
- Work from the outer edges of the spill towards the centre to prevent spreading.
- Never rub a spill as this forces the spill deeper into the rug
- To remove any residual staining, dampen a cotton cloth or clean paper towel with clean, cold/lukewarm water. Gently blot with the damp cloth and quickly absorb the moisture on the rug
- Please note that Viscose and Tencel rugs should never be cleaned with any water or liquid.