One of the more “adult” purchases you’ll make in your lifetime is a rug for your home. This process can be overwhelming, especially if your realm of expertise has more to do with cutting a rug than actually purchasing one. Due to costs involved, it’s wise to educate yourself prior to entering a retail environment where you may end up swayed by those with ulterior motives. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make about a rug purchase is the material. Here’s what you need to know before making a commitment.
Nylon: If you’re worried about your rug collecting dirt, nylon does an excellent job of shielding it. It’s also resistant to mildew and insect damage. However, this material is prone to staining and perpetuates static electricity. It is less soft than many of the other fabrics on the market.
Silk: If you’re looking for a rug that exudes luxury, silk is a fantastic option. It’s soft to the touch and a beautiful addition to your room. It’s most often used in bedrooms because it’s more delicate than other materials. If it needs to be cleaned, a professional will need to be retained to complete the work.
Animal Hide: These rugs are nearly indestructible, require minimal upkeep and are hypoallergenic. They offer a timeless look because they are most often found in neutral colors, though they can be dyed to match your personal preferences. Do know that animal hide rugs do not have a backing and if you place them on a wood or laminate floor, they can slide around.
Wool: Because of its consistency, wool soaks up dyes extremely well. It’s lauded for being durable and flame resistant, making it an ideal rug for high traffic areas. Price-wise, wool rugs can get a little steep. This is due to the labor-intensive processes associated with getting a sheep’s fleece converted to a state that can be used for a rug. If stains are caught quickly, they oftentimes can be blotted away. However, if they are allowed to settle, the rug can be ruined.
Cotton: If you’re looking for a bargain on a rug, cotton is often the route to go. Smaller rugs can actually be machine washed without compromising their integrity, which is a good thing because cotton can be a dirt magnet. However, cotton rugs do not hold up as well as other materials and often their color fades over time.
Bamboo: If you’re looking to protect your wooden flooring while giving it a layered look, a bamboo rug is just what you need. While they aren’t as soft as other materials, they win favor for bringing a sense of Zen to a home. It also wins points for being hypoallergenic. Cons of bamboo rugs are that they are louder than other types and can also discolor if they are exposed to too much sunlight.
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