Whether you place it in your kitchen, by your bed, or in your living room, a braided rug lends an atmosphere of comfortable, homey charm to any room it graces. Based on the designs of the braided rag rugs that became extremely popular throughout America during the 1800’s, these rugs are evocative of simple, country living, but fit equally well in a thoroughly modern home.
In order to keep your braided rug looking its best, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind for its cleaning and care.
Braided rugs are generally very durable, no matter what material they are made of. Whether wool, jute, polypropylene, or anything in between, they stand up well to high-traffic areas in the home, or even outside the home, on a porch or deck. Their variegated color patterns also make a great camouflage for any dirt picked up between cleanings, which is especially helpful in a household with children and pets.
However, due to the braided structure of these area rugs, there are some precautions that should be taken in order to keep them looking like new for as long as possible. While they are perfect for use underneath a kitchen or dining room table, pointed chair legs can become wedged between braids if handled too roughly. Dragging heavy furniture across a braided rug can also compromise its structure, pulling apart the stitches binding the braids together.
The best course of action is, of course, to avoid this situation in the first place, by moving furniture on the rug carefully, and flipping the rug on a regular basis, as well, to ensure even wear and tear. But if braids do become separated, they can be easily reattached by stitching them together again using a needle and strong thread.
For regular cleaning, vacuum your braided rug gently on both sides, taking care not to use the rotary brushes on its head. Since the fibers on a braided rug lie horizontally, rather than sticking up vertically, they are more sensitive to surface abrasion. If you wish to be especially careful, you can shake dust and dirt out of your rug, and then remove any lingering pet hair or other debris with a lint brush.
Spills should be dabbed up immediately if possible, but if a stain has a chance to set, try using mild soap and water to clean it. If that does not do the trick, you can try a dry cleaning solvent, which should be applied with a sponge, and then dabbed up with a clean towel. Dry cleaning solvents help prevent the dyes in your rug from running. And if all else fails, braided rugs can be professionally cleaned by a rug cleaner.
By following these few simple guidelines, you will be able to keep your braided area rug looking like new, so that your family will be able to enjoy its colorful, comfortable, homey style for years to come. Check out our selection of braided rugs to choose a new one for your home today!