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Rugs are very practical and are also a style statement that adds interest to your room. Modern rugs protect your floors from wear and tear from footfall, traps in dirt from messy shoes, and provides a soft cushion for your feet to land on. The rug you choose speaks on your behalf for the room and adds in that spark whenever anyone would walk in. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, patterns, and fabrics to choose from, so you’re never short of options. If you’re looking to invest in one, here are some tips on buying the best modern rug for your room.

Consider rugs based on your room.

Have different purposed rugs for different rooms. You will require heavy-duty, hardened rugs for areas with more footfall such as the hall and kitchen than the bedroom. Invest in superior quality rugs to avoid wear and tear. Dark colored and patterned rugs hide dirt and footprints easier, so it does not show up as prominent between cleaning. Measure the area you would want your rug to cover. You can use newspapers, painters tape, or even chalk to draw a rough outline of the size. Avoid having “floating rugs”, i.e. rugs that do not touch any of the furniture situated close by. A well-suited rug should bring in all your furniture together, besides bringing shape and color to the room. Big rugs are therefore recommended so that they will touch or go below the furniture. The larger the rug, the more prominent and dominating the color or pattern will be in the room. You should not go for small rugs for a large area; rugs are not fillers, they are statement pieces. For the bedroom, you can go for runners or a rug big enough to slide under the bed and peep out at both sides. You just need a soft landing for your feet when you wake up, so even if it didn’t cover the whole bedroom floor, it is okay. You will also need a comfy mattress for your bed, such as the Dreamcloud mattress. The first of its kind to feature gel memory foam, it comes with a cashmere blended top and advanced bestrest micro coil system to give you the slightest bounce and the softest touch. With their mattress, you will feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.

Find your perfect material.
After figuring out the purpose of your rug, the next step is to find your perfect fabric. Rug material can depend on a variety of factors, whether it includes kids or pets, or you just need a heavy-duty rug to take up the brunt of your shoes. There are different materials for different purposes. Here are some of the most common ones.

• Wool
The most common natural rug fiber and the most recommended also. Wool rugs take more time for dirt to show up, is extremely soft on the skin, very durable and also very easy to clean. Woolen rugs are also heat resistant, fire resistant, and a great sound insulator, perfect for bedrooms as they promote sleep benefits.

• Acrylic/Nylon
Most nylon rugs have been tempered with spill resistance from manufacturing. Hence these rugs are easy to clean but won’t really guarantee if there will be a spill stain left behind. Acrylic rugs are extremely hard wearing and are a great substitute for wool as this rug can also be tufted and woven to imitate wool. It is cheaper and easier to maintain than their woolen counterpart.

• Polypropylene
These are artificially made with solution dyed plastic. Because of no dyeing, there are fewer chances for food or liquid spills to show up on the material. The only downside is that they can attract oil stains, so a fiber protector is required if you want your rug to remain spotless.

• Viscose
These rugs are not really recommended in areas with high foot traffic, as they tend to be more delicate than their other rug counterparts. They are silky and smooth to look at, hence they are a perfect addition as a centerpiece to make the room look more posh or luxurious. These rugs are also extremely high maintenance, as a single spill will cause a yellow stain. Not recommended to use around kids and pets.

• Cotton
Cotton rugs are usually made in as a flat weave or braided. They are fairly durable, can be machine washed and softer than other flat weave fibers like sisal and jute. They are also less expensive and give a more casual look to the room. These rugs are great for busy families on a budget.

• Jute/Woven paper
Jute rugs are made of natural, tightly woven fibers, which ensures its high durability and hard wearing. Usually, these rugs come with a protective coating, so they can be simply wiped clean without much damage or staining. Jute is suitable for high foot traffic areas.

• Sisal
Similar to jute, sisal is also a natural fiber rug. These rugs are also extremely durable and can be used in areas with a lot of footfall. They are so strong and durable, that to the skin they will feel very rough and coarse. You should also keep in mind not to get these rugs wet since they absorb a lot of moisture and hence make it very difficult to remove stains.

Maintaining your rug.
Now that you have chosen your preferred style, size, and material, you have to learn how to take care of your new modern rug. Invest in a vacuum cleaner specifically meant to clean up carpets gently without much wear and tear. Most carpets such as wool will get by with just a simple vacuuming. Also, keep turning your rug on a regular basis. Not only will this keep the moths away but will also ensure equal wear. Immediately clean up spots as soon as you see it. The more you delay the more it will leave a stain and the more difficult it will become to remove it. Ask your rug manufacturer the exact care and removal, since each rug comes with certain specific ways to clean. If there is a spill, wipe it up and apply a damp cotton towel on it to remove the spill. Just don’t keep it there too long, or the moisture might ruin the rug.

These are some of the tips to help you if you are looking to invest in good quality, affordable modern rug. 


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Laura Cerrano
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I like a lot of these tips can be applied simply. That makes it easily accessible, rugs and beyond

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