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Rug Cleaning and Care Guide 1
As amazingly low as Floorsome's prices are, buying a large good quality rug is still a large purchase. It doesn't matter if you have a cheap or expensive rug, a polypropylene or designer wool rug, its important to look after your investment. Therefore we present this guide to you on how to keep your rug looking new for many years and keeping the stains at bay.
Disclaimer: All of these methods are tried and tested but we take no responsibility if your rug gets damaged due to cleaning with these methods. For further advice speak to a professional carpet cleaner.
- The absolute best thing you can do for a rug is a regular vacuum (once or twice a week) this will prevent dirt building up in the base of the rug that can prematurely wear the rug out.
- Flip the rug over and vacuum the back occasionally as dirt can build up here as well and wear on the backing.
- Have your rugs professionally cleaned every three to six years, depending on the level of use.
- Rotate your rug every six to twelve months to reduce uneven wear and tear.
- If the rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit.
- A rug pad can help extend help the life of your rug by offering some cushioning to foot traffic.
(Always do a spot test on a small area before trying any of these!)
- The most important thing with stains is time! The sooner you can attack and clean-up a spill the easier it will be to remove it without permanently staining the rug. This is doubly important with wool rugs as they tend to soak up liquid where as synthetic fibres such as Polypropylene and acrylic will resist it meaning you can be more aggressive with your stain treatments.
- Blot stains, don't rub them. Dab stains with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towels, or a sponge. The last thing you want to do is spread more of the stain by rubbing it further into the fibre of the rug. Always blot from the outside of the stain inward, as blotting outward can spread the stain.
- Pro Tip: You can use shaving cream to remove almost any stain. Apply shaving cream to the stain and let it set for around 30 minutes, then blot it away with a white cloth. Finish by spraying the area with one part vinegar mixed with one part water and then wiping away the solution with a cloth. Only plain, white shaving cream is safe to use on rugs because it contains no dyes or greasy emollients, always spot-test a small area before treating a large stain to ensure the shaving cream won't damage or stain your rug.
- Greasy stains can be removed with dish washing detergent. Just put a drop or two of dish washing detergent into a cup of water and put the solution into a spray bottle. Then simply spray directly onto the stain and blot away with a clean cloth.
More cleaning tips for specific types of stains and spills:
Candle Wax: Take a clean white towel and place it over the wax then use your iron to heat up the towel, the wax will turn back to liquid and you will easily be able to scrape it off with a butter knife. Then take a white paper towel and put that over the remainder of the wax and put the iron on it and it will heat up and adhere to the paper.
(Be very careful not to burn the rug with this method, only use a low setting with the iron and only apply for 30 second at a time)
Coffee, Egg, Cordial, Soft drink and Tea: Spot clean with mild detergent and then rinse with water.
Urine, Faeces, and Vomit: Apply detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner, rinse, and blot until dry.
Grease and Oil Based Stains: these can be removed by applying pure eucalyptus oil to an undyed towel then dabbing/rubbing over the stain.
Paint: For latex and acrylic based paint blot with detergent while the stain is still wet and then blot with rubbing alcohol if the colour still remains. For oil based paint you can use a cloth to blot up as much of the pain as possible then add some turpentine to the cloth and continue to blot, the turpentine will help separate the paint from the carpet fibre.
Have any cleaning tips to add? Leave a comment below!
- Brett Ryder
Afterpay vs zipPay: Which is right for me? 2
In the last year Afterpay and zipPay have taken off in popularity. These fantastic services allow for people get their products earlier than they normally could by offering easy repayment options over a short period of time. Sounds a lot like a credit card right? Well yes and no.
Once you have an account with Afterpay or zipPay you can just browse their directories which have hundreds of fantastic online stores knowing you are ready to go with your line of credit. Once you find an item, you can simply checkout without filling in lengthy credit card forms, and before you know it your goodies are showing up at your doorstep!
They also offer a more structured repayment system which allows you to keep your finances under control. (As opposed to a credit card where its really easy to spend more than you should!)
Now lets take a close look at these two giants of E-Commerce in a head to head battle and see who comes out on top!
1. Ease of Approvals
Both Afterpay and zipPay have limited credit checks and both a quite easy to sign up with but there are some key differences.
Afterpay makes it very easy, in fact you don't even need to register with them prior to your purchase, you simply find a shop that offers Afterpay and then just choose that at checkout. All you need to provide is a credit card for payment and away you go, it's that easy. Your account is automatically setup for you upon your first purchase.
The only downside here is you might not always get approved, Afterpay use a bunch of different metrics to decide if you are able to be approved or not including your location and even what model of phone you use. If you get rejected you wont get a reason you will just be asked to try again later. Its important to note each time you make a purchase you are either approved or rejected, there is no set limit like a credit card.(There is a max limit of $1000 for new customers however but this could be anywhere from 250 - 1000 you will never actually know.)
zipPay works a little more like a credit card in terms of how credit applications are handled. That being said its just as easy to apply for zipPay and you can also do it at checkout the same as Afterpay. With zipPay you will get approved for a credit limit, directly from the zipPay website, "zipPay offers 3 different credit limits: $250, 500 and 1000. Our algorithm will automatically decide which maximum limit you will be eligible for based on our minimum criteria evaluated during the application process." The advantage here is that once you have been approved you know exactly how much money you have to spend and wont have to face the disappointment of being rejected at checkout.
Both Afterpay and zipPay make it super easy to sign up and get your item as quickly as possible. Although there is a chance you might not get approved at every sale for Afterpay its always there as an option to try. With zipPay, you can go in knowing what you can spend which is more suitable for some people.
2. Repayment Flexibility
How your repayments are handled is very important when managing a budget so we will go over the differences between the two here.
Afterpay has a very rigid repayment schedule, basically its 4 equal instalments paid over 8 weeks. Payments are to be made every 2 weeks. The only variable here is you may need to pay your first payment upfront at the time of purchase if you are a new customer or your order is over $500.
This is where zipPay has an advantage over Afterpay, with zipPay you get to choose your repayments and you have much more control on how payments are handled. The only rule is you must pay at least $40 back per month, as long as that is followed you can take as long as you like to pay it back. There is a small fee of $5 each month where a balance is outstanding (after the initial 60 day fee free period).
We have to hand this round to zipPay, with its much more flexible payment options you are in total control of how you pay back your loan.
Both Afterpay and zipPay are 100% interest free but there are a couple of fees that can be payable depending on the situation.
Payments are automatically deducted from your chosen account, if for some reason this payment fails you will be charged a $10 dollar late fee and then another $7 if the payment is not made within 7 days.
zipPay have a hilarious answer to late fees so ill just quote them directly "Well, first of all we’d say that’s not really nice as we put a lot of faith in you when we gave you all that money to buy all these products. On top of breaking our heart, we may apply a late fee (of $5) and it may have an effect on your credit score. Now we said it."
So as well as the emotional guilt trip you might get charged $5, which is lower than Afterpay. Although since we are talking about fees in general its also worth noting that you can get up to 60 days with no fees with zippay which is actually a tad longer than Afterpay, However if you take longer to pay for your items it will cost you a little more in the long run.
You can use both these payment options and not pay a cent in fees, just don't be late with your payments ok? So if you are not paying any fees how do these companies make money? The merchant pays a fee and in return they get increased sales so its win win!
In the last 6 months Afterpay have made some serious progress with bringing on new retailers. Big names such as Big W, Best and Less, Booktopia, and Myer mean the great products sold by these companies are available to buy now and pay later. While zipPay is also available on a great range of online stores Afterpay appear to have surged ahead for now.
Overall Winner : Tie
There is no way to decisively say which of these two payment options is better than the other overall. Both offer great ways to get the products you want now and pay it back later. Each should be considered based on your personal circumstances and then a decision made. Or you know.... just get both?
Of course Floorsome offers both these great payment solutions and we find them to be more popular than traditional payment methods!
For more information on zipPay or Afterpay please see our information pages below
https://www.floorsome.com.au/pages/zippay (you can actually sign up for zipPay here on the page!)
I hope my article has been informative and as I have tried to make it as accurate as possible but if I have missed something or you disagree with me please leave a comment below!
Thanks so much for reading!
- Brett Ryder
Our Favourite Childrens Rugs This Season. 0
With the growing popularity of hard floors, it has become essential to have a kids rug in their room and in a family room, that looks great, is comfy to sit on, and can stand up to the rough and tumble of kids play.
Shags are great for kids bedrooms as they are super comfy and can hide a multiple of sins so they don't have to be vacuumed every day. Always a bonus. They are also gentle on tiny knees and bottoms. Pink is still the number one choice for girls rooms, but you could change it up a bit with a beige or a charcoal.
For older girls you might want to consider a flatweave patterned rug. The rug pictured is a gorgeous pink and white flatweave, very stylish and would suit any style decor. There are heaps of cushions around in the stores that will match this rug as well. It matches any style, from Boho to shabby chic.
2. What little boy wouldn't love this bright blue rug in his room. It is acrylic so is very soft and the pattern is bright without being overpowering. It hits lots of points as it is multi coloured, striking, goes with all colours from blue right through to black, and is easy clean. It is soft on tiny hands and feet. A great way to give an instant lift to any room.
3. Kids Playrooms
These are my favourite patterns for kids rugs for family rooms or playrooms. Because they are multi coloured, they will stay looking fresh and clean, and its easy to vacuum as well. Besides being very practical it is also very in vogue at the moment, as Tribal is the latest trend. Just be careful of the random bits of lego left behind though! ouch!
The rug on the right is also multicolured and would be suited to a kids play area.Its soft, vacuums easily and will last for years, or at least until the children leave home. It will probably still be good enough for them to take with them!Kata Modern Red Rug
So these are just a few of the hundreds of rugs we have in store, and the prices are not to be beaten. Free Delivery, money back, fuss free returns, friendly service. What are you waiting for?!
- Trish Ryder
Easy ways achieve a Hamptons/beachy look in your home. 0
Beaches, water, blue skies, all of these words give us a feeling of calm. Perhaps that why people love the Hamptons look and beachy style in their home.
Its easy to achieve this look with a few simple tweaks. Best news of all, you don't have to throw out all your furniture to achieve this look. Just a can of white paint. A great place to look for this style, if you are looking for furniture, is one of the upcycling sites of facebook, such as Rustic Edge, and Home Styling Werx.
First of all, blue and white are the colours to add. This is different from a Nordic look, which doesn't have a lot of blue at all, more white and natural. However, you don't have to change all the furnishings, as this look can be achieved with a few new soft furnishings. You can even keep the wooden furniture if you don't have the budget to change it, as it actually goes quite well with white and blue and can add a bit of interest, thus avoiding a too sterile look. A little bit of whitewash on the furniture looks great.
If your budget allows it, some new furniture in rattan, or another natural material will be a good first step. Then adding a rug and new cushions can help enormously.
Avoid the temptation to add lots of little "beachy" type ornaments, apart from a few select pieces to avoid the feeling of a holiday rental. Keep it simple with gorgeous white chunky candle holders, large natural baskets, crisp white bedlinen, with a few blue tones.
The furniture doesn't have to be traditional as modern works just as well. A rug in a modern style or a jute rug works well. A bit of greenery will work as well. In my opinion, too much navy and white is a bit of an overkill, and looks a little sterile.
All in all, its a fun way to decorate, is always in style, so wont date for years to come, and its easy to change the furniture and soft furnishings without breaking the bank.
That has to be a good thing, right?
- Trish Ryder
What's Hot in Rugs and Homewares in 2017? 0
There are some exciting things happening in rugs and home wares in the 2017 rug season. So before you rush online and buy something to cover the floors, you should read this article and know what you should be looking for in floor coverings in 2017.
First thing is to get your tribal on, because you will see feather Ju Jus, tribal necklaces, and handmade shell and macrame items flood the home wares market.
So handmade and ethnic are the words of the moment.
Jute and sisal rugs are very popular , as they can give an instant lift to any decor, and are as natural as you can get. Think beachy, natural, calming. Moroccan wedding blankets will be used as throws, and hand dipped cotton cushions will complete the picture. Rugs that will be in vogue are Moroccan style, tribal, and a flat weave in a trellis design.
Think tactile, natural, in beiges, browns, and creams. Think geometric, flat weave designs as well, such as Kilms. Geometric flat weaves are also still very much in fashion. These will compliment your existing decor perfectly, or match your new updated look, with pot plants, tribal necklace and jute baskets, all setting the scene for a more natural handmade feeling in our homes. A word of warning, don't go for everything in a handmade, vintage look, or your room may end up looking like a tribute to the 70's museum.
Not all rugs are handmade, and there are still plenty of machine made rugs that are much easier on the purse strings to give you that feeling. Just add a few gorgeous handmade crochet cushions and you will have an instant update!
If cream and natural are not your thing, you can add colour with the whole range of greens, teals and deeper blues, which will also match perfectly with the trend of indoor pot plants in concrete pots and macrame holders, also entering the market this year. Machine made rugs are the best idea for coloureds, as they wont fade and are much easier to clean than handmades. Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry, you can fake it somewhat with leafy green cushions, and dare we say it, fake succulents.
So, shop for Moroccan, Kilm, Flat weaves and short shags.Think Marrakesh, Far East, Oriental, and anything that evokes that feeling
What is driving this trend? My feeling is the chaotic political situation, and a renewed awareness of the fragile nature of the planet, has made us retreat back to what we considered a simpler time, when we knitted, and crocheted our way through our everyday lives. Its been coming for awhile, but its here, and I for one, as a child of the 70's couldnt be happier.
- Trish Ryder
6 Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Up Your Home 0
"I feel like a pelican - whichever way I turn, I've still got an enormous bill in front of me." - Black Adder the third.
It feels like things are just getting more and more expensive. Rent and house prices keep going up (unless you live in WA), fuel bills, power bills, water bills, tax bills, bill bills etc etc.
With all these bills how are we supposed to find the money to update the decor in our homes? Well not to worry, Floorsome is here to rescue you with an info-graphic on six ways to freshen up your home without breaking the bank.
I hope you find some useful information in there. If you would like to take our advice you can find our Door Mats here.
Floorsome also offers a range of cushion covers here. Our range is quite small at the moment but we are adding new ones all the time so be sure to check back.
And of course our full range of indoor rugs are available right here. With some really great full size rugs starting at only $89 dollars shipped to your door you really cant go wrong.
Got anymore ideas? Please leave a comment below and pass on some good advice.
- Brett Ryder