How to Care for Your Area Rug

Area rugs make beautiful additions to the home and the huge variety of styles means you can use it not only to define your space but to flaunt your excellent taste as well. Help your area rug retain its good looks for longer with our rug care tips.

Clean regularly

Regularly vacuuming your rug, at least once a week, will remove dirt before it becomes too deeply embedded in the rug pile. If your rug has delicate fringe or tassels, take care not to get these caught in your vacuum brush head when cleaning to avoid damage.

Shoes off

Rugs, as intricate as some can be, are made to walked on. However, you can extend the life of your rug by keeping dirty shoes off it. Have everyone in your home remove their shoes at the door, or at least provide a decent doormat they can scrape their shoes clean on so dirt isn’t tracked onto your rug. This will also reduce how frequently you will need to clean your rug – win/win!

Treat it

Rug protection treatments are commercially available and can help you extend the life of your area rug. Once applied, these products coat your rug surface in a protective barrier. This helps to repel liquids, dirt, and stains, and makes your rug easier to clean. These treatments are naturally best applied when your rug is still brand new, although they do generally require reapplication after a few years. Talk to a team member at your local Andersens store to get product suggestions for your rug.

Act quickly after accidents

As helpful as a stain treatment can be, it is not going to protect your rug 100%, so in case of spills, you’ll still want to act quickly to avoid soiling. In large enough quantities, even water can damage your rug and breed mould if left unattended. In the case of smaller water spills, blot up up as much of the water as possible with a clean towel and dry the affected area with a hair dryer. It’s important to make sure your rug is completely dry before laying it back down on your floor to prevent mould growth. Learn more tips for cleaning your rug here.

Turn it around

Over time, heavy furniture can leave pressure marks on your rugs and flatten the pile. By rotating your rug 180 degrees intermittently, you relieve the pressure on these spots and more evenly distribute wear and tear from foot traffic. Try every few months or once a year depending on the rug style. This will also prevent colour fading in one spot from prolonged sun exposure.

Use a rug pad

A rug pad or mat sits underneath your rug. It should be slightly smaller than your rug. Rug pads make your rug safer by stopping your rug from slipping. They also muffle noise, have insulating properties, and reduce compression of the rug pile by offering additional cushioning underfoot to absorb impact, helping your rug to keep its shape. Visit Andersens for advice on a suitable rug pad for your flooring.

A Guide to Clearing your Clutter

Do you constantly find yourself wishing for more storage space at home? Perhaps the problem is not a lack of room but an excess of stuff. It’s amazing how much clutter you can accumulate over time. By assessing which possessions you can farewell, you can make cleaning easier, become more organised, and reflect on your spending habits. Go forth and declutter with our guide to simplify your surroundings.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Begin your task by targeting one area at a time. Focusing on a single space will stop you from being overwhelmed and will keep your floors clear so your home is still liveable if you don’t declutter the whole place in a day.

Use it or lose it

When assessing your possessions, think back to the last time you used them. A general guideline is to discard items you haven’t used in the last year.

Understand why

Ask yourself why you’ve kept each item. Although you might feel guilty parting with an ill-suited gift from family or friends, wouldn’t it be better to give it to someone who will appreciate it? For poorly thought-out impulse buys, find them another home and be more mindful of your future shopping decisions.

All the fixin’s

For broken items, weigh up the time and cost required to fix them versus the cost of replacing them. If it’s an easy fix, then don’t procrastinate! Fix it up to get it back in action.

Go paperless

For paperwork like bills and receipts, keep a digital copy instead of a hard copy. There are plenty of apps that help you store digital versions of receipts. To reduce paper clutter in future, opt for digital communication with your service providers.

Toss old tech

Tech moves on quickly so old tech rarely becomes useful again. However, don’t chuck mobile phones out with the rest of your waste. Find your nearest drop-off point to dispose of phones and accessories safely. Find disposal services for other technology here.

Check expiry dates

Rid your pantry and freezer of expired food. Check the packaging on cosmetics for the symbol indicating their shelf life post-opening – old cosmetics harbour heaps of bacteria! Throw out expired medicine. For expired first aid kit supplies, donate them to charitable organizations like local animal shelters or organisations delivering medical aid to countries in need.

Minimise waste

  • Look for ways to extend the life of old or broken items to reduce environmental impact.
  • Sell it: One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Make a buck from your unwanted stuff by selling it in a garage sale, flea market, or online through eBay, Gumtree, or Facebook.
  • Donate it: Donate items in good condition to charities.
  • Pass it on: Check if friends and family have use for your unwanted items.
  • Upcycle: Breathe new life into old items by repurposing them into something new.
  • Recycle: Recycle the items you can to keep the materials out of landfill.