GUIDE AND RECOMMENDATIONS-RUG PAD
USING A RUG PAD
Pads are strongly recommended for these below reasons:
We recommend purchasing a rug pad as close to the size of your rug as possible. Ideally, when buying a thinner rug pad, the rug pad should be 1" shorter from all sides or 1,5", if you require a thicker rug pad.
TYPES OF RUG PADS
When looking for a rug pad for your home, it’s important to consider the thickness of the rug that the pad will be placed under, as this will ensure that your rug does not become a tripping hazard. However, another thing to consider is the material that the rug pad is made of. This is because some materials offer different benefits than others.
The strongest and best performing felt pad is a dense, non-woven, needle-punched, solution-dyed, hypo-allergenic (no plant or animal fibers) felt made of 100% synthetic fiber. This type of padding does not aggravate allergies, does not break down chemically, resists mildew and rot and insulates against cold floors while providing maximum structural protection to your area rugs. You can’t rip this pad apart or punch through it. It lasts at least 10 years while continuously controlling and protecting your rugs.
Felt pads are especially popular to use with Oriental area rugs surch as Persian rug. They provide a luxurious cushioned feeling underfoot and offer thermal- and sound-insulation benefits.
However, despite providing protection for both the floor and rug, felt rug pads do not altogether prevent unwanted movement. To compensate and bring together the best of both worlds, many manufacturers combine felt and rubber in one pad. The rubber creates the nonslip benefit not present in felt alone.
100% Natural RUBBER
These rug pads are made entirely of natural rubber. This rug pad is ideal for situations where you want a nonskid pad but have limited height clearance, such as for a door-swing area. However, the thinness of this pad means it doesn’t offer insulation or cushioning.
For people who have allergies to latex products, a wool rug pad is a good alternative. It’s a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable resource. Wool is also inherently flame retardant and thermally and acoustically insulating. However, wool may pose a problem for people with airborne allergies.
We recommend avoiding any kind of cheap PVC rug pads as the quality is many times hard to determine and use of this kind of rug pads may result in discoloration, staining of your floor finish or even falling apart.
RUG PADS SUITABLE FOR ORIENTAL PERSIAN RUGS
For area rugs such as our Persian rugs, we highly recommend a purchase of non woven, needle-punched felt pads. These are hypo-allergenic, acts as a shock absorber and will prevent premature wear in heavy traffic areas (extend the life of your rug) as well as provide a comfortable cushioned feel.
Rugs in the Kitchen?
The kitchen is a place of baking, chopping, frying, mixing, pouring, eating and drinking. In other words, the kitchen is a place of mess; spillages, crumbs, grease and grime. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean is difficult to do, even more so if you have children or animals. So, is it the best idea to cover up that easy clean wooden or tiled floor with a rug?
Let’s look at the pros and cons...
Design. Rugs are a great way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise bland space; kitchen floors are usually a pretty neutral shade so a rug can give a spark of colour, tying in with your kitchen accessories.
Comfort. You spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen, and a cosy rug will definitely be more comfortable on the old feet.
Mess. The crumbs and the bacteria that can get harvested in a rug in a kitchen is pretty gross and depending on the type of rug, you may have difficulty cleaning effectively.
If you do decide to go for a rug in the kitchen, it’s important to choose the right one. Style is important, Pile length is also something you need to think about.
Pile Length. We would recommend a low pile rug rather than a rug with a thick pile.Think of the crumbs! The longer the pile the harder it is to get them out of of your rug.
Look at our rugs with no pile and our Antique rugs / Vintage rugs that will last for many more centuries to come.
CARING FOR RUGS / CARPETS
Fine Oriental rugs—benefit enormously from proper custodial care. Investors understand the importance of protecting their investments, both for themselves and for posterity.
The best 19th century carpets are disappearing into private ownership and becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Today’s buyers will likely be the last generation with access to Golden Age rugs in floor condition. Proper preservation is more important than ever.
A few simple practices will go a long way toward preserving your rugs for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Proper padding. We strongly recommend using high-quality pads under antique carpets. These will significantly extend the life of your rugs, preventing sliding, wrinkling and stretching, and guarding against punctures from furniture legs. Padded rugs also feel better underfoot and provide better sound absorption..contact us for all the options in rug pads
Furniture cups. Always use furniture cups for heavy furniture pieces like pianos placed on carpets to prevent crushing the carpet’s pile. When moving heavy furniture, lift or use sliders to prevent tearing.
UV protection. Given daily exposure to direct sunlight in areas where draperies are not desirable, we recommend screening your windows with a product that minimizes the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Using either Low-E glass or a spectrally selective applied window film effectively inhibits sun-fading of the rug’s naturally dyed colors.
Spills. Fine antique Persian carpets were woven using lanolin-rich wool, which is amazingly stain resistant. Blot up spills with a moist cloth, and then wipe the pile with a rinsed damp sponge. If the area remains moist, elevate it for quicker air drying. Avoid using home remedies for stain removal, as they can cause irreversible discoloration or dye-run.
Cleaning. A manual carpet sweeper is best. Avoid using electric vacuum cleaners (once in 3 months is fine); the rotary action is unnecessarily strong on any rugs. To protect the natural qualities of hand-spun wool, have your rugs hand-washed by a professional Oriental carpet cleaner like Rugport, in most cases every three to four years.
Long-term storage. After being professionally washed, rugs should be stored in a clean, dry environment. The ideal humidity is less than 60 percent. Cleaning rugs before storing makes them far less attractive to moths. Always wrap your carpets in paper, as plastic can lead to moisture condensation and mildew. Use cedar chips or a cedar-lined trunk for short-term storage. For storage over a period of months, have rugs professionally packed, contact us
Restoration. Annually inspecting the front and back of carpets will reveal any restoration needs while they are still minor. Necessary work should always be done by a specialist.
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