HELP! The rug I love is not the right size.

It is not always easy to find the perfect rug, whether it is the right colour or right shape and size. There are ways to find the perfect rug, or you can make a rug into the perfect rug. when looking for good area rugs don’t forget about going to reputable auction houses.

In Victoria BC we have two very good auction houses where you can get a great deal on area rugs, Lund’s Auction and Kilshaw’s Auctioneer. Luv-A-Rug gets a lot of rugs brought in for cleaning and repairs that were bought at either Auction House. We had one such rug find brought to us by a lady who frequence the auctions a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t quite perfect.

Her rug is a 7×11 Turkish rug and it is not in perfect condition, but she got it for a steal of a price. The rug is a bit too big for the space where she wants to use, so Luv-A-Rug is going clean her rug and trim it down to the size that fits. Here is my video showing what we are going to do to her Turkish rug.

It is important that you know that you can have perfect rug for your home, it just may need some tweaking. Luv-A-Rug as made runners out of little 2×3 scatter mats a client bought at Capital Iron here in Victoria. We are usually only limited by the rug construction and your budget.

Now I will note that Luv-A-Rug will not do this to any old rug. We respect and care about rugs, so if you brought us a valuable rug we would refuse to cut it up, but we can always do an authentic hand repair to restore your antique rugs to a usable and lovable state.

Have you ever found the perfect rug that wasn’t quite the right size or shape? Did you buy it and get it tweaked? I would love to see how you made not so perfect rugs work in your home. Leave me a comment on what you did to make it work or send me pictures to mary.luvarug@shaw.ca with the subject line “How I made my rug perfect”

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- I look forward to your rugs.

The best place to find Area Rugs in Nanaimo BC

Unfortunately, since publishing this post Blumberg Rugs has closed.

If you have any questions about which type of rug works best for your home you can call Luv-A-Rug 250-590-6210/ 1-800-886-2802 or drop by 445 Beta St Victoria BC and ask us. With so many different types of rugs out there,  it can be overwhelming to choose the best one. Having a little bit of knowledge about rugs before you go shopping makes the process a lot less stressful.

When you are needing to buy and area rug and live north of the Malahat it can be a hassle trying to get to Victoria to find one. Good news is that there is hidden gem of a rug gallery in Nanaimo at Woodgrove Shopping Centre.

Blumberg Rugs Original has a great selection of hand-knotted and modern area rugs. The owner, Justin Blumberg, is very knowledgeable and trustworthy in rugs from Persian to Oriental to modern shags. He will help you choose the rug that is right for your home.

If you are not sure if the rug will work with your furnishings or if the size is correct, you can take a rug home with you and try it for 24 hours before you buy it. That way you can always be sure the rug is perfect for your home.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, helping you find the best area rugs.

When Should You Get Your Area Rugs Cleaned?

One of the most common questions Luv-A-Rug gets asked is ” How often should my rug be cleaned?” The answer is simple…

Your rugs need to be cleaned before they look dirty. No, really by the time your rug looks dirty it is really dirty. Area rugs can hide several pounds of dirt, dust and allergens before you notice that they need cleaning. A quick way to see what your rug is hiding is to turn it upside down and vacuum the back. It is also best to vacuum the back of your rugs at least once a month, this gets out a lot more dirt and you can also check for hidden moth damage at the same time.

How can you tell when it is time to get your rug cleaned? Other than when your rug gets a bad spill, pet accident, moth damage, or flood damage most rugs need to be cleaned the same time every year or two. Entrance mats and hallway runners need to be at least twice a year because they get all the dirt from outside. Rugs in a the main used room should be cleaned every year. If you have young children, pets, or allergies/sensitivities rugs should be cleaned every 9 to 12 months  to rid your rugs of the all dust and allergens.

Luv-A-Rug can just rid your rugs of the dust, allergens and loose dirt only. Our Rug badger vibrates the loose dirt and allergens out of your rug and can be done anytime. It will not remove and odours, spots or stains, but it makes your rugs healthy for your home. Cleaning is best for your rugs, but between cleanings Luv-A-Rug can vibrate out the loose dirt and allergens.

A little while back I wrote a blog about how to clean your whole house over the period of a year and getting your rugs cleaned is part of that agenda. With today’s technology we can program our lives months and years in advanced. It takes seconds to write down or type into our phones or computer to get rugs cleaned on a certain a day.

The best time to get them cleaned is when you will be away on vacation. That way you won’t miss having it in your home and if you have a house/pet sitter you won’t have to worry about it getting spilled on or being used as a bathroom by your pets while you are away.

Luv-A-Rug makes it very easy to get your rugs picked up and delivered. We can get your rugs picked up during the week or also on Saturdays. Call us at 250-590-6210/1-800-886-2802.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary-helping your rugs stay their best and healthy for you.

>A Narrow Point of View

>It bothers me that bad things travel like wild fire and good things get over looked. It really bothers me when people have narrow views, and don’t look at the whole picture.

I follow the blogs written by Dr. K Sobhe who owns a rug gallery where he and his family sell, clean and repair area rugs in Los Angeles Ca. He is very educated and respected. On one of his blogs he got an anonymous comment that was overall not very nice.

The commenter said that Dr. Sobhe was too good to clean area rugs for Americans.  The comment was very narrowed minded and false. I hate that I am playing into the trap and spreading the negative vibe even more, but I also feel like it needs to be out there so that people will stop judging each other.

I really wish that we looked into each other eyes and heart and not at the outside. Our self worth should not depend on our nationality, gender, the clothing labels we wear, the car we own, or the area of the world we live in.

I am sure that there are people living in poverty in Africa that are happier than most Canadians because their happiness isn’t dependent on material stuff or status. We need to get back to the simpler things of love, family, nature and just being happy with who we are.

It also doesn’t matter who you are that determines what you are passionate about. I am a woman and I love watching hockey, sports cars (mostly Mustangs), cooking, area rugs, poetry, science fiction, crocheting and shoes. According to this anonymous person I shouldn’t like anything that is outside my gender or race. Sorry not going to happen. I don’t want to live in the dark ages.

They mentioned that they would only buy area rugs from Iranians, but never get them to clean them, wouldn’t the people who make the rugs know better than anyone how to clean and care for them?

You cannot group together certain types of people and say that they are all good or all bad, just like you cannot say that all area rugs can be cleaned the same way. We are all different and some day it would be great if we could all be equal.

Here’s to a non-discriminate future, RugloverMary, passionate rug lover.

>What is The Best Rugs for Your Home

>When buying an area rug:

  • You want the most for your money. 
  • You need a rug to add colour, texture and function to your home. 
  • You want a rug to last for years.

How you choice a rug that fits all your needs? I have written an article to help you choose the right rug for every room in your home.

 I outlined the pros and cons of most types of rugs I see for cleaning. Having knowledge before going shopping for rugs saves you a lot of headaches and money. This applies to new and second hand rugs. Not all great deals are good when it comes to area rugs.

If you have any questions about the different types of rugs, call or drop by Luv-A_Rug in Victoria.

Here’s to the perfect rug for you, RugloverMary-area rug guru

>Heater floors and Area Rugs-Not a match made in Heaven

>It is wonderful to have heated floors. No more cold toes first thing in the morning, but what are they doing to your area rugs?

After a Google search I found no evidence of anyone writing about damage to rugs by heated floors, except one sentence by a home improvement company “Because the floor-heating system radiates heat, it is strongly recommended that you avoid laying a rug or installing any piece of furniture that might prevent proper air circulation. Trapped heat may cause damage to the rug, piece of furniture or even the floor covering. This does not apply to temporary bathroom rugs as long as they are removed after a bath or shower.”

Here is a wool braided rug that came in for cleaning, the rug is folded in half to show the two sides. At first glance you would just think that the sun had faded the rug, but the owner of the rug thinks it was the heated floor that caused the fading.

Many floor companies may not know of the damage rugs can cause to heated floors and vice versa because heated floors are a relatively new thing.

Having your rug fade from a heated floor is not a big deal, but the damage to your flooring can be very costly.

The purpose of heating your floors is so you don’t have to have carpet or rugs. This seems to be a case of one or the other, rugs or heated floors. You cannot have both and not have damage happen.

It is hard to not want an area rug to add colour and texture to your rooms, but with heated floors that is not an option. When you have heated floors installed it is best to use different colours of tile, stone, or wood to make a design that way.

With a little planning and designing you can add the look of an area rug within your floor. An old technique that is making a comeback, Inlay flooring.

Here are some grand examples of the design possibilities for inlay flooring.

Usually the only floors most people get heated are the kitchen and bathroom, leaving the living, dining and bed rooms free to be adorned with area rugs.

Here’s to damage free area rugs, RugloverMary- area rug protector.

>What influenced your choice of area rug?

>There are a few factors that influence your decision to buy the area rug that you did:

  • Size of room 
  • colour of room
  • budget 
  • colour preference
  • the mood you were in when you went shopping
  • the reason for buying the rug
  • where you are using the rug

When you start looking for a rug knowing what size you need for the room is a must. It saves a lot of running around, returning of original rug bought and the headache of having to choice another rug.

The colour and design of the room you are needing the rug for aids in the colour and design of the area rug you choose.

Before you start to narrow down the style and size of rug you want first go window shopping for the size of rug you need. Try to go to 3-5 different rug galleries to get an idea of what you will be looking at for budget. Some times we go shopping with a maximum budget number in our heads and when we start looking at the rugs we like we get sticker shocked or cannot find a rug to fit our budgets that fits our needs for the rug.

Colour preference can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially when there are two opinions involved. If you and your partners taste differ drastically, then one of you will always be unhappy about the rug purchased. Do a Internet search of different types of rugs and see if you can settle on a design and colour palette before going shopping. Or go window shopping to discover what you like in an area rug. Just because you love the colours teal and dark brown together doesn’t mean you may like them in an area rug based on the type of weave or design. With so many different choices you may find that what you buy a rug that is completely different from your usual style.

We all know of the shopping Murphy’s law, when you are needing a particular item say like red high heels we know there are times we can look in a hundred stores and not find a pair we like, same goes for area rugs. Or when you aren’t in the mood to shop or in a bad mood, our shopping habits change. If you are armed with the size and colour and if you know what type of rug you want then it helps when you go to purchase a rug, no matter what mood you are in. Being prepared helps any stress from building up and clouding your decision making.

 When you need an area rug there is a definite purpose for it. Buying an area rug isn’t usually an impulse buy, it is an invest to protect your floors, to brighten up a kitchen, for the back door, to keep your feet warmer in the colder months. Depending on what room you are using the rug in can determine what type of rug you buy. You wouldn’t buy a Silk area rug to be used at your front door, you need a rug that can stand up to a lot of use such as a synthetic or a even certain wool rugs can work well.

Another and probably just as important as budget when it comes to buying an area rug is children and pets. they also play a huge part in the type of rug you buy. You may not want a viscose rug when you have small children or a puppy. Viscose works best in low used room like a bedroom. A Synthetic rug such as a polypropylene or olefin or nylon rug, you should be able to see the pattern on the back of the rug, can stand up to just about everything children and pets can throw at it.

There would be a lot less rugs thrown out and less angry rug owners if rugs came with a label saying where certain rugs worked best. I could write for days about all the different types of rugs and the more appropriate rooms they work best in, but I am keeping this to why we buy the rugs we do.

No matter why we are buying an area rug, remember that it needs to be cleaned professionally at least once a year, you need to vacuum the entire rug often to avoid moths, the rug getting too dirty and to keep your rug looking ts best for years, and any rug can add texture, colour, warmth, or be a piece of floor art.

Why did you buy your rug? Was it just because you needed one or did you fall in love with your rug and had to have it? Please share you reasons and stories about your favorite rug or your story of woe of buying a rug that didn’t work well in your home.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your source for area rug buying.