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How Rugs Can Transform Your Home without Denting Your Budget

 posted on Feb 12, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice
How Rugs Can Transform Your Home without Denting Your Budget

If you are thinking about giving your home a mini facelift without the associated spending requirements, why not give a serious thought to adding some rug-factor to your place? Thousands of families were delighted with their laminated flooring results a few years back, but many of them have since thought even more about that soft carpet that their feet used to love so much. If you decide to go down the rug route, that smooth looking laminate needn’t be banished and you may even find a new texture combination in the process.

Back to the Warmth

As well as offering an affordable solution to many flooring medium dilemmas, rugs add a special warmth to proceedings without any effort at all. In fact you would be hard pressed to find a rug that didn’t manage to appeal to your creature comfort desires. From a classic Shaggy Rug to an artistically themed runner design, your feet will be saying thanks, every time you slip off those socks and enjoy the sensation. If you shop online with Rug Zone, you may just decide to splash out on more than just a single rug. But you will also be making a wise investment because rugs are often a more affordable option without any compromise in the looks department.

Contrast is King

We often overlook the floor when considering the way our home looks, and that often affects the overall look and feel we are striving to achieve. With a rug, you can deal with this imposter in a way that allows for reflection and zero haste. Simply focus on a room at a time and see if there isn’t a perfect match for the floor medium. You don’t have to go rug-tastic on each and every room, but you can easily switch the rugs to suit your moods, well after the purchase date has faded away.

Saving with Style

If you’re just fed up of the constant trail of dirt from the back door to the kids’ bedrooms, fret no more. By choosing a decent barrier rug by the rear access and a dark themed runner for your hallway, the job will be done in no time at all. The outlay is often far less than you would imagine and the resulting look can quite often be astounding.

Rug Zone

If you like this idea of a low cost rug upgrade, Rug Zone may have the perfect option for your next step. Just peruse the website and see if you can’t find that perfect combination of durability with a touch of class!

Keeping Your Rug Beautiful

 posted on Feb 1, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice
Keeping Your Rug Beautiful

Choosing a rug for your family home has never been easier, thanks to online stores such as Rug Zone, you can shop until you drop without actually leaving your home. But once you have chosen your rug, how do you ensure that it retains those drop dead gorgeous looks well into the future? The good news is that you don’t have to use too much effort on these excellent floor medium choices, but you will need to act fast if you see a stain appear out of nowhere. Here we look at the most common issues and how to use a little know how to fix them toute suite!

Vacuum Rules

You don’t have to unleash the noisy beast on your rug each and every single day, but once a week will be enough to keep those moth larvae from munching away on the good stuff! Try to use a suction cleaner and give the rug a little shake after each treatment.

Wear and Tear

This may be unavoidable but if you clean the areas around the rug, you may stop some of the rubbish being walked into the fibre. Think about choosing a hard wearing material if you really want to use the rug to trap dirt and dust. Most runner rugs are made from tough stuff, but to deal with dirt and potential stains, just pick darker colour rugs with more pattern if possible.

Stains and Spills

These can be a right pain if you don’t tend to them in a timely fashion, and we’ve selected a few for you to ponder over:

Greasy Stains – Use kitchen towels to absorb the grease and then apply some acidic cleaning agent with a clean sponge. Continue with this method until the stain has gone and use a kitchen towel to dry.

Wine Stains – These can ruin a decent rug if left untreated for more than a few hours. As soon as you notice the stain, use warm water to soak the stain out and apply with a clean sponge.

Dried Stains – Often it is almost impossible to gauge what the culprit was in the first place. Use a blunt instrument to break up the stain and loosen the dried pieces. Use a citrus cleaner thereafter and blot the area with a sponge until the stain is gone.

Airing Matters

If you really want your rug to look and smell nice and fresh, why not hang it on the line once a fortnight to bring it back to life? A little oxygen can work wonders but just remember to bring it in before the heavens open!

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Relive The Best of The 70’s With Shaggy Rugs

 posted on Jan 16, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice
Relive The Best of The 70’s With Shaggy Rugs

If you are thinking of adding something special to the overall look and vibe of your home, you could do far worse than think of a real 1970’s icon – The Shaggy Rug. Maybe some of the decade contained a little too much Mozzarella for the more catholic tastes, but a nice measure of manliness in the shape of a floor hugging deep pile will suit more individuals than you think. We all have a little bit of Austin Powers’ chic in our personalities and by choosing a Shagtastic Rug; you will be able to share this inner desire with the outside world!

Types of Shaggy Rug

The modern Shaggy Rug varies fairly widely and you can easily choose an affordable model to suit most tastes. Although the archetypal example may involve an open fire, sideburns and some Brut 45, they have moved with the times. These bad boys come in a variety of lengths and you’ll also be able to pick from several material options. The colour choice is usually a personal issue, but you may be advised to chop and change according to your living space and décor style.

Choosing the Perfect Shaggy Rug

If you fancy a touch of the Starsky and Hutches in your bedroom, you may be better served by choosing a high pile version. These are usually soft enough to roll on, if that’s your thing, and add some serious presence to any serious sleeping quarters. A hallway covering would be better chosen in a colour that hides any dirt or animal hair. A synthetic Shaggy Rug will probably deal with any stain issues better than a natural material like wool. Old sea dogs will almost be able to smell the ocean when warming their feet on a deep blue shag pile. If your room of choice has a pretty powerful theme, it may be best to choose a different type of rug, Shaggy Rugs tend to overpower the lesser themed rooms and could well create a visual headache if chosen without too much thought.

To Shag or Not To Shag?

Indeed, that is the question that only you good people can answer. If you decide to take a closer look at these time machine classics, why not let your fingers do the walking over to Rug Zone? You’ll soon be flying back to the 1970’s in some style and will probably need a larger than average Tardis for the return trip.

Rug size - does it matter?

 posted on Jan 14, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Rug size - does it matter?

When it comes to colour, design and style, there are all kinds of rugs available and you are bound to find something which fits in with your decor perfectly. However, when it comes to the size of your rug, which should you choose? Even if you may prefer larger rugs, you may want to think about what effect they could have on your room. Those who prefer small rugs may be better suited to a medium or large rug. Here are some tips on what size rug to choose for your home.

Small rugs

Small rugs look best in smaller rooms where the sofa is pushed up against the wall. They also work well in larger bathrooms and in front of smaller sofas or chairs. Round small rugs look great in the centre of a room with a rounded corner sofa. Small plain shaggy rugs will fit in virtually any small room in the home.

Medium rugs

Medium rugs are suitable for just about any room but they do work best in front of a fireplace or at the end of your bed. Orient your rug to compliment your room. So, if you have a lengthy room, lay your rug lengthways. If your room is wider, orient your rug across the room. As medium rugs are the most commonly purchased rug, you may want to think about which shape you want. Keep square rugs for square rooms and use round rugs for children’s bedrooms, at the end of your bed or in hallways. They also work well in front of fireplaces if you do not want to cover your room with a large rug.

Large rugs

Large rugs can cover the majority of the area of a room, therefore it is crucial you get the measurements correct before purchasing. A large rug looks best in larger rooms where the furniture is centred in the middle of the room. Your rug will cover up the space behind the furniture as well as the main seating area. Large rugs don’t normally work as well in a bedroom as the bed often takes up most of the main space. However, in a dining room they do work extremely well.

Traditional rugs in a rectangular design work best in larger living rooms and dining rooms. You can also purchase runners which can protect your hallway floor or long kitchens. Choosing a rug size can be a daunting task so just remember to get the correct measurements for the room before you purchase. You can always test out the dimensions in your chosen room by cutting up an old sheet and laying it in the position you want.

Go wild with patterned rugs around your home

 posted on Jan 11, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice
Go wild with patterned rugs around your home

A plain black, cream or brown rug can set off a room with bolder decor. However, if you want to make a statement with your rug, then choose one with a detailed pattern. As patterns are wildly diverse, you will be able to find a rug which suits the decor in your living room or bedroom without a problem. Here are some of the patterned rugs that you can choose from.

Traditional Rugs

Patterns in traditional rugs vary from florals to motifs and can instantly add a little class to any room. The colours in classically designed rugs are often toned down and come in a mixture of burgundy, green, brown, black and cream. The focal point of these rugs is their design which is often so intricate and detailed that you won’t find another one like it. Natural look rugs also come in a variety of patterns including medallion designs, floral images and poster designs.

Contemporary Rugs

patterns seen in modern rugs are usually a little more eye catching and bold than those seen in more traditional styles. If you want to make a statement with your rug then go for an animal print design or a geometric pattern. If you really want your rug to be the centrepiece of a room, then go for bold colours. Colours are usually much brighter in modern contemporary rugs and look great with simplistic furnishings and neutral decor. You can also purchase rugs with images on them which instantly turn them into artwork rather than just a cosy rug.

Poster designs

mentioned before, there are various rugs with images that are incredibly unique and can instantly brighten up any room. There are a number of children’s rugs with images including butterflies, pirates and sweets. Your children will be able to find a pattern which suits their taste and which will suit the theme in their bedroom. Adult rug poster themes include travel, wildlife images and city scenes. Each rug is completely individual and will become the focal point in your living room, bedroom or children’s room.

Patterns range from stripes to florals and there is a design to suit everyone’s taste. If you prefer bold patterns, then go for something more modern in design. If you want to tone it down a little, go for a traditional style. However, if you want to really draw the eye, choose a cheaper rug with a poster design.

Which rug material should you choose?

 posted on Jan 10, 2014 by Rug Zone in Advice, Information
Which rug material should you choose?

When shopping for rugs you may be overwhelmed by the number of designs, colours, styles and materials available. However, before you have gotten around to picking out the perfect colours and designs, you may want to think about the material and texture of the rug. Do you want your rug to be comfortable? Would you prefer it to be longer lasting? Here is a short guide to the materials found in our rugs.

Wool rugs

Wool is an extremely high quality material as it is soft, strong and extremely comfortable under the feet. It is also durable which means that it will last much longer than cheaper materials. Wool rugs also have the benefit of being natural moisture absorbers and they are also incredibly resistant to dirt and wear and tear. Rugs made from this naturally occurring material are also extremely lightweight. Wool rugs are ideal for high traffic areas such as the hallway or living room as they do not need replacing very frequently.

Shaggy rugs

Usually made from polypropylene or polyester, shaggy rugs are now extremely long lasting and durable. It can resist wrinkling and springs back into its shape easily. As this material is incredibly soft, yet strong it is ideal for the living room or the end of the bed. Shaggy rugs also dry quickly when washed and they are resistant to sunlight. They do not absorb moisture therefore they are resistant to damp. This makes them ideal for rooms which have excess moisture as your shaggy rug won’t spoil.

Cheap Rugs

A man made fabric, polypropylene is used in many rugs as it is extremely easy to produce. It is used in rugs with bright, bold colours and designs as it dyes well, producing striking colours. This material absorbs and releases moisture rapidly making it resistant to dampness. The fabric is also resistant to shrinking and wrinkling making it very hard wearing. Polypropylene rugs have the added benefit of being able to appear like other fabrics such as wool or cotton. No one need know the difference when you purchase a rug in this material. Polypropylene and other synthetic rugs are ideal for well-lit areas as they do not degrade in sunlight.

There are also plenty of other materials on the market as well as those mentioned. While the cheaper rugs generally woven Wilton made from polypropylene there are many made from various other materials but if you require something specific please feel free to ask if we have it.

When buying rugs on the Internet you don't have the ability touch and discuss the various qualities and features of the rug. Our blog is there to give you some of the advice and information that you may need before you complete your purchase. Please take you time to digest the information and if you can't find what you are looking for you can always give us a call on 0191 454 1972 during office hours.

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