Persian Rugs - Care and Cleaning

Written by Jeffrey Brokob

You've just invested in a beautiful Persian rug. Even though they are durable, they still need to be properly cared for and cleaned. A well maintained rug will last indefinitely. Let's look at some standard care tips.

General Care:

1. Don't forgetrepparttar padding - get a quality padding to place under your rug. Padding is for more than slippage. It will extendrepparttar 135429 life ofrepparttar 135430 rug by providing a supportive base that will allowrepparttar 135431 rug to breathe. A good pad can extendrepparttar 135432 life of your rug. It protects against dirt, wear and wrinkling specially in high traffic areas.

2. Rotate once a year, at least. This one will depend on where your rug is located. Try to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and high traffic areas. Ifrepparttar 135433 carpet is getting a lot of wear, consider rotating it every six months.

3. Vacuuming. Wool is porous and it holds a lot of dirt. Regular vacuuming is essential. Always vacuum withrepparttar 135434 pile. To determinerepparttar 135435 direction ofrepparttar 135436 pile, run your hand acrossrepparttar 135437 pile from fringe to fringe. The smooth side isrepparttar 135438 pile. Userepparttar 135439 suction attachment orrepparttar 135440 bare floor setting as a rotary brush may cause added wear. Also, once a year, fliprepparttar 135441 rug and vacuumrepparttar 135442 back.

Crafty Country Decorating Style Ideas

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

If you've ever seen Frank's decorations on TLC's Trading Spaces, then you know all aboutrepparttar country style of design. From stenciled drawings to wooden cows to ruffled curtains, country design has allrepparttar 135420 frills you might expect from our dear friend, Frank. When I was a little girl, my grandparents sold woodwork atrepparttar 135421 flea markets all over Tennessee and Kentucky. We had wooden calendars with dolls or bears painted on them. We had quilt racks with hearts. We had every crafty country decoration imaginable. Although I thought at one time that you could just toss all these things into a room and have style, I've learned since that there are very definite ways to create crafty country rooms that men are still willing to enter.

Crafty country is great, but if you are not careful, your husband may be ready to kick you out ofrepparttar 135422 house. Country design tends to be frilly and a bit girly, and your husband may not approve. One way to create a home that is comfortable for everyone is to use wooden flea market items and ruffled curtains sparingly. Not every room in your home needs to have a cow or duck in it. You can create a beautiful country sitting room with a comfortable plaid couch, slightly ruffled curtains, and a couple of stencils onrepparttar 135423 wall;repparttar 135424 room is still definitely country, but atrepparttar 135425 same time your wooden coffee tables may have somewhat modern lines so thatrepparttar 135426 males in your home enjoyrepparttar 135427 room too.

Another way to bring country design torepparttar 135428 whole family is to let your husband add his own touches torepparttar 135429 decoration. I'm not saying you should let him put antlers on every part ofrepparttar 135430 walls, but if he hunts, you should allow him to have at least one or two rooms (maybe inrepparttar 135431 back ofrepparttar 135432 house) where he can display his animals. If he doesn't hunt, you could simulaterepparttar 135433 more manly country style by integrating rustic decor items such as an antler chandelier or floor lamp. Another option is to bring in old farming tools or hunting traps to display onrepparttar 135434 walls. Old items like these bring a manly air torepparttar 135435 house, and they are interesting pieces that will give your guests something to talk about. They can also giverepparttar 135436 room a settled, sturdy feeling; something aboutrepparttar 135437 tools makes a room seem safe and secure. Using a few of these tools or items throughout your home can really make your crafty country them come to life.

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