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Six Most Common Rug Mistakes Homeowners Make

Purchasing a rug for your home may seem like a simple enough task – take some measurements, head to the store, and purchase one that fits in well with furniture that’s already there – sounds pretty easy right? Well, things aren’t always as they seem, and the process of buying a rug comes with its fair share of complications. In fact, there are quite a few rug mistakes homeowners have continued to make time and again over the years, and today we’re going to divulge what those are. Here are the top 6 most common rug mistakes homeowners make!

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  1. Selecting the Wrong Size

Picking out a rug that’s too small for your space is probably the most persistent problem that homeowners face. This can be attributed to one ineffective but widely accepted practice – “guesstimation.”

Contrary to popular belief, getting a rug that fits your space does require a tape measure and exact dimensions. You should also take note of the size of other large furniture items in the room – chairs, beds, sofas, tables, etc. If you don’t take the time to assess your space properly, you’ll run the risk of making your room look disorganized.

  1. Buying the Wrong Colour

Getting a rug that just isn’t the colour you imagined is a common problem that comes with online shopping. Products often differ significantly when they arrive at your doorstep compared to what they looked like online. Even the slightest shade difference can completely throw off the look of a space and make things appear mismatched.

To combat this issue, carefully read product descriptions and pay close attention to product reviews if they are available. If you get the chance to go see your rug of choice in person, even better!

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  1. Mismatched Material

The material of your rug is of utmost importance when it comes to practicality, and there are many different types of rug fibres to consider. Nylon, acrylic, cotton, polyester, polypropylene, and wool are some of the most common ones.

There are three things you should always take into account to ensure you don’t get the wrong rug material – the room it’s going in, how comfortable you want it to be, and how long you want it to last. In general, wool materials are best suited to living rooms and polypropylene materials fare well in kitchens, thicker pile rugs are more comfortable than thinner ones, and natural fibres last for the long haul.

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  1. Forgetting a Rug Pad

Not getting a rug pad for your area rug is a rookie mistake that many people fall prone to. No matter what type of area rug you have, it’s absolutely essential you get a rug pad. Rug pads minimize stains, spills and scratches on your floor and reduce the overall amount of wear and tear to your rug in addition to providing cushion and stability.

The solution to this problem is pretty obvious – spend a bit of extra money on an anti-slip rug pad. The minimal amount you’ll spend is well worth all the benefits rug pads provide.

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  1. Layering Incorrectly

Layering rugs is a popular decorative choice nowadays, but if you opt to do that in an effort to cover up a mistake – like purchasing a rug that is too small – you may end up with a home that looks unkempt.  Using layering in an effort to keep one of your rugs dirt-free is also not the way to approach this look.

Some general rules to follow if you want to layer your rugs the right way is layering a coloured rug on top of a neutral base, putting a patterned rug on a solid rug, and pairing different textures.

  1. Not Following Cleaning Instructions

Some people don’t believe in reading instructions, but when it comes to cleaning your rug this is an absolute must. If you ignore cleaning instructions, you’ll more than likely end up with built-up soapy residue or a shrunken carpet once you do try to clean it.

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To avoid any mishaps, take the extra time to read through instructions on how to clean your rug. If your rug still somehow ends up getting damaged in the cleaning process, Love Your Rug has got your back.

Love Your Rug is the largest rug cleaning and repair company in Canada. We’ve been servicing the GTA since 1894, and our highly efficient and effective rug cleaning technologies can get the toughest stains out of any rug. Contact us today to get a free quote!

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