In this post we’ll answer this question and tell you what your best solutions are to preventing it from happening to you.
One of the biggest problems people have with area rugs is the fact that the ends of a rug tend to curl, especially the corners.
Curled area rugs are not only unsightly, they’re also a dangerous tripping hazard.
The reasons why area rugs curl depends on many factors such as the the materials used, how the rug was constructed, the kind of traffic it is exposed to and the kind of environment it’s in (i.e high humidty).
If, for example, you had a natural fiber rug on the floor and liquid was spilled on a corner of it, the drying process could shrink the once wet fibers and cause the corner to curl.
Many of those factors listed above help explain why a rug would curl on it’s own.
However, one of the biggest reasons we come across for why area rugs curl is because they are placed on top of carpet.
As nice as an area rug might look on top of carpet, it does not come without a cost.
Because carpet is not a proper foundation under an area rug, when you step on the rug, the carpet fibers under it will compress which makes a rug move, slip, bunch up, stretch and get deformed.
Once a rug is no longer perfectly flat, it becomes a dangerous tripping hazard.
Once a rug is stretched and deformed, curling is more likely to happen which is why we discourage the idea of placing area rugs on top of carpet.
Now if you *must* put an area rug on top of a carpet then you’ll want to put a proper thick felt style rug pad under the rug to give it a more stable foundation.
A proper rug pad will keep an area rug from slipping, bunching up or moving AND help to keep it from deforming, stretching and then curling.
If the rug is on some type of hard surface flooring, the absolute minimum type of a rug pad you should get is the rubber mesh style. (Don’t buy the cheap kind, they will breakdown and turn to powder — and you then risk having the rug scratch your floors).
However, the better solution for area rugs is the thick felt style of rug pad.
It’s perfect for hardfloors and is what you should put under your rug if you have it on a carpet.
This style of pad will provide a much better foundation for the area rug and will help prevent it from moving, sliding, bunching up, getting deformed – all of which can lead to curling your rug.
If you do have a rug that has curled up on you, bring it to Luv-A-Rug and we can easily flatten it for you. Even though there are several “cheap” solutions offered all over the internet to fix a rug that has curled on you – they do not take into consideration why an area rug actually curled in the first place.
If you have an area rug with any sort of value (monetary or sentimental) you would be better off having the rug professionally looked at in case there is an underlying structural problem that should be taken care.
Do you have another type of problem with your area rug?
Just use your smartphone to text us here at Luv-A-Rug (778-533-7847) with your name, your question and – if you can – a picture of your rug too.
Here is the full video for you to watch that goes into much deeper detail about why area rugs curl.
Have you ever wondered if area rugs are ok to put on carpet? Or maybe you’ve wanted to add a splash of color or personality to your boring beige carpeted floors and asked the question will area rugs ruin my carpet?
In this post we’ll answer this question with an answer that may surprise you.
Will an area rug ruin a carpet?
The truth is there is more of a problem with the area rug getting damaged being on top of a carpet then the carpet being damaged by being under an area rug.
The main problem with area rugs on a carpet is the fact that the rug does not have a stable foundation.
When you step on the area rug, the carpet fibers under it will compress from the weight of your foot and decompress after you lift it away. Three things will happen as a result…
1) when the carpet fibers decompress and stand up again, it pushes against the area rug and making it travel along the floor – forcing your to have to regularly reposition it.
2) the section(s) of an area rug with the most foot traffic will eventually get stretched out of shape and unsightly
3) the area rug will tend to bunch up and become a tripping hazard.
The other problem with a rug bunching up is when you use a spinning brush vacuum cleaner on it, the fibers get ground away extremely quickly.
Dusty’s advice regarding using spinning brush vacuum cleaner is simple:
Don’t use one! Just use a simple floor nozzle attachment instead.
By vacuuming your area rug with a simple floor nozzle once or twice a week your rug will not only stay clean it will last a lot longer too.
There are products out there that you can put between the carpet and area rug to minimize these problems but they do not work 100% of the time.
Everything depends on the carpet you have, the kind of area rug going on top of it, the sizes involved and the material used. What works on one carpet/area rug combination may not work on another.
Here is an example of the best type of product to place between an area rug and a carpet.
The thickness of the rug pad helps to create a more stable foundation that prevents the carpet from pushing the rugs around.
Now as for the problems area rugs cause carpets. The main problem happens when you try to save a bit of money and hire an unqualified carpet cleaner to steam clean an area rug in your home.
When a natural fiber rug gets wet, there is a fairly good chance the colors will bleed and transfer to the carpet below.
Also if an area rug doesn’t dry quickly enough – especially underneath – you risk having mold grow between the two which can also stain your carpet. (wet rugs on your hardwood floor can become a disaster too!)
One quick note about another problem you’ll have if you hire a cheap carpet cleaner to try and clean you area rug in-home.
It’s impossible for carpet cleaning equipment to clean your rug from the top only. They are not able to suck out all the heavy damaging sediments at the bottom of the rug. Nor will they be able to give you a 100% pet odor removal guarantee not to mention how disappointed you will be with the fringes (they need to be properly groomed after they are dried)
So that wraps it up for now. If you have any questions about the your area rugs be sure to use your cell phone and text us your name, a picture of the rug and your questions to this phone number: 778-533-7847
Here is the full video for you to watch that goes into much deeper detail about why putting area rugs on carpet may not be a great idea.
Will area rugs scratch hardwood floors is a question we get all the time here at Luv-A-Rug.
In this post we answer the question and show you how to INSTANTLY tell if your area rug will scratch your beautiful hardwood floors and what to do about it you find out they will.
To instantly tell if your area rug is going to scratch your hardwood floor do this simple “Knuckle Test”.
Turn the corner of an area rug over so the backside of the rug is facing the ceiling. Then rub your knuckles along the back of the rug with a little pressure.
If this rubbing hurts your knuckles and feels like it will take you skin off, the rug will scratch your floor.
The way to prevent the rug from scratching your hardwood floor is by providing some pad or cushioning underneath the rug.
The first type of pad you can get is a mesh style type that is made of extruded rubber. This type works really well in keeping the rug from moving an holds it up off the floor.
The only caution we have is not to buy a cheap brand you can usually find in a big box store. The cheap version of this product tends to break down and turn to powder – resulting in the rug touching the floor and possibly scratching it
Fine high quality hand knotted rugs like this Persian rug displayed in the picture below DOES PASS the knuckle test and will not scratch your hardwood floors.
However what you will find is that these rugs will easily slip and slide all over the floor making it dangerous for anyone walking on them.
With these rugs we suggest you use a much thicker pad which has a rubber scrim along the backside to hold the rug in place and prevent sliding.
With a thicker premium rug pad under your rugs you also get these additional benefits: Your rug pad protects the floor, stops rugs from sliding, reduces noise from heavy footsteps, insulates the floor, makes the rug last longer and more comfortable to walk on.
If you have any questions about the your area rugs be sure to use your cell phone and text us your name, a picture of the rug and your questions to this phone number: 778-533-7847
Here is the full video for you to watch that goes into much deeper detail about this whole area rug scratching hardwood floor thing.
How one of Luv-A-Rug’s home services saved a customer a lot of grief.
When moving into a new home things don’t always go as planned.
Sometimes you have an issue with the movers. Or the closing date. Or one of a thousand other things that can go sideways on you when you undergo a major change like this in your life.
At Luv-A-Rug we understand all about that kind of thing.
As one of Victoria’s premier home services provider we have our own shares of problems to deal with. That’s why when our customers need us to help them out a bit – we’re more than happy to accommodate.
Take for example what happened not that long ago.
A customer brought one of their carpets in for cleaning and we had it ready for pick up on the date promised.
However…the customer was stuck. She couldn’t get into her new home, which meant there was no place to put her freshly cleaned area rug carpet.
Once we heard about her dilemma, we were more than happy to help.
Which in turn made our customer happy – check it out below (click on image for a larger version)…
So next time when you’re looking for home services in Victoria BC that specializes in area rug carpet cleaning – remember Luv-A-Rug Services Inc. (www.luvarug.com).
Impressing people all the time can be pretty difficult.
But by having a consistent way to do business, it helps us make sure that everyone goes home happy.
Take for example one of our customers who came in recently with a gorgeous Tunisian Mergoum Carpet to be cleaned.
As you can see by their review below, they were really pleased with how their carpet turned out. That comes from the fact that we not only care about doing a good job with the rugs, but with the customer themselves.
Personal attention upfront and meticulous attention in the back resulted in this fine review of our company Luv-A-Rug.