Why Area Rugs & Runners?
Area rugs can instantly change the feel of a room, adding warmth to any style as the perfect accent for your room. Let it serve as a background element or a focal point. Pair it with a new or existing hardwood, tile and stone, or laminate floor to convey your own personal style. Here at Decor Floors, we carry the highest quality, most trusted brands in area rugs— names such as Karastan, Masland, Shaw and Gulistan.
There are two groups of rug materials:
Natural Rug materials are animal or plant fibres, including wool, cotton, sisal, jute, seagrass or bamboo.
- Wool is widely used and it is the main component of higher quality pile area rugs.
- Most wool comes from sheep, but it can also come from goats, llamas or alpaca.
- Wool is a resilient material and it has greater durability than synthetic materials.
- Wool absorbs and retains dyes amazingly well. It is naturally resistant to fire, water and stains. Wool area rugs also naturally resist dust mites, which is important to people with allergies, because dust mites can aggravate allergies.
Synthetic Fibres include man-made material such as viscose, rayon, nylon, acrylic or polypropylene/olefin.
Whether your home environment is a contemporary home, a rustic cabin, a Victorian mansion or a royal palace, there are numerous area rugs that will fit right in with the look and feel of your home.
There's no end to the styles and designs of area rugs. You’ll be able to find types such as: Persian, Oriental, Tibetan, Southwestern, shag, Flokati, contemporary, braided, and animal prints, as well as custom area rugs, children’s rugs, indoor-outdoor rugs and hall or stair runners.
Area rugs come in all shapes, including square, rectangular, hexagon, octagon, oval and round. With the wide range of rug materials, styles, designs and shapes that are available, you are sure to find several that are just right for your situation.
If an area rug is the flooring choice for you, we invite you to visit one of our locations and explore our exquisite rug galleries.
Proper maintenance and care for your carpets will keep them looking brand new for years to come and protect your investment. Follow these simple maintenance tips from Decor Floors to maintain beautiful area rugs.
- Use doormats to prevent outside dirt from being tracked onto your new carpets.
- Keep pet’s claws well groomed
- A weekly vacuuming (at least) will extend the life of your area rugs.
- Do not use the traditional method of flapping the rug by hand to loosen dirt and dust, as this will stress the fibers of the rug, and accelerate its wear.
- Should you need to spot clean a rug, use a mild detergent such as Woolite or Ivory soap with water at room temperature and using a clean sponge.
- If you spill something (such as wine), blot as much as you can with a paper towel, pour one tablespoon of soda water on the spot, gently rub in a circular motion with a cotton cloth.
- To reduce uneven wear from traffic and fading from natural light, rotate your rugs 180 degrees every two or three months.
- Every area rug, even those going over carpet, should have a good quality pad underneath it. The pad will keep the area rug in place, keep the floor surface underneath the rug cleaner, and prevent any bleed of colours from the area rug to the floor.
- When storing an area rug, it is best to roll it. Folding a rug for short or long term storage may cause permanent creases to form.
- Follow the link below to learn more about keeping your carpet at it's best.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What area rug size do I need for my room?
A: The size of your area rug should complement the size of the room, and will be influenced by how the rug will be used. For instance: 5’ x 8’ area rugs look great beneath most coffee tables, and 8’ x 10’ area rugs generally work well in dining rooms. To determine the ideal rug size for dining rooms with oversized tables, measure the table and add four feet to the length and width. If you want your area rug to cover an entire room, allow for 12 to 18 inches of exposed floor to frame the room.
Q. Why do I need a rug pad?
A: Rug pads help keep area rugs from sliding and wrinkling, absorb impact and muffle sound. As an added benefit, rug pads help protect the flooring beneath, and reduce wear and tear on the rug. Also, having a pad beneath your rug will make vacuuming easier.
Q. How do I take care of my area rug?
A: Reducing the amount of dirt trapped in the fibres is the key to keeping your area rugs looking great. Depending on the fibre, construction, and style of your rug, regular vacuuming may the only necessary maintenance. Fringed edges should be tucked under before vacuuming to prevent damage. For some rug styles, you may need to turn your vacuum cleaner’s beater bar off, or use the attachment hose only.
Q. Can I use different area rugs in the same room?
A: Yes, you can use different areas in the same room, as long as the colours complement one another, it’s perfectly acceptable to display different patterned rugs within the same room. Using coordinating rugs within a single space can help divide a larger room into distinct, smaller areas, or can create contrast for added visual interest. If you prefer a more cohesive feel, opt for identically patterned and colored rugs in different sizes.
Q. Which area rug fibre is best: natural or synthetic?
A: Natural and synthetic fibres each possess their own unique characteristics and challenges. Choose your area rug fibre based on the intended function of your rug. If you’re selecting a rug for a child’s room or high-traffic area, synthetic fibres provide a practical, stain-resistant option. If you’re seeking a warm, comfortable rug for lounging or playing, natural fibers like wool or cotton would be excellent choices.
Q. How do I store my area rug?
A: Thoroughly clean your rug, then roll (design-side in) and wrap in heavy-duty plastic with moth flakes and seal with tape. Replace the moth flakes every few months. Never fold an area rug, as creases may form.
Q. How long will my area rug last?
A: Factors such as construction method, material, and type of usage determine an area rug’s longevity. Regular vacuuming will keep your rug looking newer longer, and rotating it 180 degrees each year will ensure a uniform wear of the fibres. High-quality area rugs, such as wool rugs and hand knotted rugs, can have a long lifespan of 20 to 50 years or more.
Q. What’s the difference between a handmade rug and a machine-made rug?
A: Handmade rugs are either hand knotted, hand tufted, or hand hooked, while machine-made rugs are constructed by machinery. Handmade rugs are more labour-intensive than machine-made rugs, and are generally more expensive.
Q. Should I have my area rug professionally cleaned?
A: To keep your rugs looking great, have them professionally cleaned every two to five years. Not all area rug fibres will withstand steam cleaning; some may need to be professionally cleaned using other methods. Commercial rug cleaners use special equipment to remove dirt and dust from the area rug’s foundation, and to thoroughly dry the rug to prevent odours and mildew. Always take your rug to an experienced, knowledgeable rug cleaning professional.
Q. How should I handle spills on my area rug?
A: When a spill happens, take quick action. While many area rugs are treated for stain resistance to prevent quick absorption of fluids, and some fibres like wool naturally shed liquid, you’ll still need to act quickly before the spill penetrates the rug’s fibers. Most liquids can be blotted with a paper towel. Be sure to use plain white paper towels, and work with a blotting motion rather than rubbing or scrubbing, which could distort the pile. If necessary, follow blotting with a cleaning solution designed for your rug’s fibre content.
Q. Why is my area rug fading?
A: Direct contact with sunlight can cause an area rug’s color to become more muted over time, with natural dyes tending to fade more readily than synthetic versions. To prevent fading, keep drapes or blinds closed, or install UV protection on windows. If direct sunlight is unavoidable, rotate your area rug frequently for more uniform fading.