Keep Rugs Beautiful Jordan's Furniture offers these tips for care of rugs and runners. Care and Maintenance for Area Rugs Professional cleaning is recommended when rugs are soiled. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and abrasive particles. Avoid vacuuming fringe and side selvage areas. Vacuuming the fringe can result in it becoming shredded or torn away from the body of the rug. Hooked rugs and braided rugs should be vacuumed using the "bare floor" setting on the vacuum to prevent damage. Using a beater bar (that's designed for use on a rug or carpet setting) can snag loose fibers and cause pulls and runs in the surface. Rotating rugs 180 degrees annually will alternate wear patterns. The use of furniture cups under extra-heavy furniture helps prevent permanent damage to rug fibers. Rug Padding Quality rug pads provide support and stability to the area rug, ensuring better performance and appearance. Rubber- bottom rug pads keep rugs from slipping and moving. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) will protect the surface of the floor underneath, minimizing scratching and damage to floor finishes. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) prevent dye transfer from the area rug to floors underneath including wall-to-wall carpet. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti- slip rubber bottoms keep rugs from creeping, wrinkling and cupping under furniture legs. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti-slip rubber bottoms prevent rugs from being stretched out of shape. Quality rug pads with a rubber bottom layer prevent moisture stains from seeping through the rug, damaging floors- great for homes with pets! Thin vinyl rug pads (non-skid or waffle) can stick to the floor over time, or create excess heat build-up under rugs, damaging floors. Rubber pads are recommended as they "breathe" and are less likely to stick or affect hard surfaces. On the Surface: Pilling, Shedding, Sprouts and Pulls New area rugs can shed excess yarns through pilling and shedding. Certain types of rugs, such as tufted rugs, are more prone to shedding. Frequent, thorough vacuuming can reduce shedding time. Customers with allergies might consider machine woven and hand knotted rugs instead, as these rug types are less likely to shed fibers. Yarns that extend up from the surface of the rug pile-"sprouts and pulls"- should be cut with sharp scissors as needed. Pulling on sprouted yarns in a hooked rug can result in permanent damage. Dye Variations Dye Variations: In many rug types, especially handmade rugs, horizontal dye variations are to be expected. Known as abrash, it sometimes appears to have a "striped" look. Due to the natural variations in the dyes, as found in hand knotted rugs, or intentionally woven into the pile, abrash adds to the wonderfully rustic appearance of the rug. Odors: That "New Rug Smell" Most new furniture, including rugs, often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors.
By now, you know about the many benefits of indoor plants – they help purify the air, reduce stress and background noise, and improve your mood, in addition to being naturally beautiful. You can also add life to your space with other naturally occurring items like coral, seashells, petrified wood, geodes, plus textured fibers like macramé, abaca, jute, grasscloth and sisal. Adding these natural elements brings earthy textures to your décor, and increases the tranquility of your space. You can use these elements in subtle or big ways, and they work especially well in casual, boho-inspired interiors. Fish tanks and fountains optional.   Natural Found Collections || You can easily add natural beauty to your home by gathering your seashell or beach rock collection, putting it in a woven basket, and placing it next to a group of plants. A branch of coral is another classic touch, often displayed atop glass coffee tables or on book shelves. Other shore items like starfish, sea urchins and sea glass are inexpensive, readily available collectibles that can be gathered in groups or scattered randomly to charming rustic effect.   Furniture & Rugs || There are plenty of ways to use natural elements to make a bigger impact. In addition to natural wicker, rattan or rope accent furniture, you can complete a seating group with an eye-catching geode-topped accent table or tree stump table that's anything but cookie cutter. Each one will feature unique variations in color, pattern and shape. Ground your space, inside or out, with an environmentally-friendly natural fiber area rug that's both resilient and easy to coordinate with most design schemes. Accent Pieces || Geodes in their organic form can be striking, and appear in many gorgeous colors, including purple, blue, pink and green. Arrange them inside an open clam shell for an artful presentation. The aforementioned coral makes a great decorative accent, maybe on a tray with other objects or under a glass cloche. A natural woven sunburst mirror adds coastal charm when placed above your dresser, or use it to embellish a bare wall in an entranceway. Finally, if natural elements aren't your favorite décor go-tos, framed botanical prints work especially well in a formal grouping on your wall.
Rugs are a fantastic way to define a space. Choosing a rug for your dining space might seem overwhelming at first, but if you’re mindful of the following three design tips you’ll shop confidently. Fabrication || If the rug is going in your main dining area then it will need to withstand frequent foot traffic. The two best fabrications are Hand Tufted and Machine Woven. Both fabrications are durable and stain resistant. Hand Tufted is only available in wool and can shed excess fibers when new so be sure to vacuum frequently at first! Machine Woven is available in synthetic fabrics and is great for those suffering with allergies. If your dining space is in an area that sees a lot of sunlight synthetic is the way to go as it won’t fade as fast. Pattern & Color || The rug is the foundation of the space. Choose whether or not you want the rug to make a statement or simply enhance the furniture. If you are just starting to design your dining space, a rug is a great way to determine your color story. Patterned rugs will feature multiple colors which gives you the opportunity to incorporate a few different hues into your overall design. Spaces that are already saturated with design or color are better suited for a rug in muted hues and subtle patterns. Shapes & Sizes || All legs of the chairs should remain on the rug even when the chair is pulled away from the table. No one enjoys taking a seat and having their chair get tripped up because the rug is too small. When measuring your table and chairs, add 18” – 24” to the measurements to ensure this doesn’t happen. Square tables should always be placed on a square rug, while round tables could be placed on either a round or square rug. Rectangular tables are best on a rectangular rug to play up the shape. Don’t forget the rug pad! Not only will it prevent the rug from sliding around, it will also protect your floors and extend the life of your rug. Rug pads will last forever and can be used interchangeably as long as the rug size and shape stays the same.     
If you're lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, your home is more likely to blend inside and outside year 'round. But if you reside in a northern region, by now you're longing for the day when you can haul out the patio or deck furniture for dining al fresco and relaxing with nature. Well, why wait? There are many furniture pieces you may already have stored away that can be used inside right now. For example, wicker or metal tables and chairs, sisal rugs, bar carts, ceramic garden stools, Sunbrella pillows, and even garden gnomes, are all items you can sprinkle indoors. It's all about lightening up your space, lifting your mood, and living in the moment – a way to evoke the tropics when you're freezing.   Casual & Cool || For the most part, there's nothing formal about outdoor furniture. It's designed for relaxation and leisure – long stretches of it. Most outdoor pursuits are of a casual nature, so most often furniture and accessories follow suit. Woven wicker, lightweight aluminum, breezy linen and cool cotton evoke casual days spent out in the open. So there's no reason you can't place, say, a wicker side table in your bedroom and use it as a nightstand. Or, if you live in an older home with a sunporch, why not furnish it with chaise lounges, an outdoor cocktail table and a pair of airy ceramic garden stools, and imagine it's mid-July instead of March.   Lightweight & Movable || One of the advantages of many outdoor pieces is their flexibility. Furniture is often light enough to move easily, and some loungers and tables have casters, which make it even simpler to haul it all inside. If you have, say, an outdoor metal table with a top that's seen better days, but it has beautiful ornate legs – bring it inside and put a colorful full-drape tablecloth on it and you'll be happily surprised at how great it looks! Sturdy & Indestructible || Typically, outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements for many seasons. This is especially true if you own ipe wood or teak pieces, because they're extremely strong, and if they're unstained, they will develop a weathered patina over time that gives them an attractive, lived-in appeal. And, outdoor fabrics today are designed to be fade- and stain-resistant, so pillows and cushions will be equally useable indoors. And, that cute garden gnome reading a book? Though he'll probably survive the winter intact, why not keep him from getting lonely outside and bring him in to guard the fireplace.
When a piece of furniture or object is lovingly used over time, it can develop a rich, distressed patina that tells its whole life story. Think of a wooden table from an old workshop with metal drawer pulls that are darkened from years of use, or a marble countertop from a decades-old hotel kitchen, discolored and buttery smooth from wear. These characteristic imperfections are often indications of a time when furniture and household items were handcrafted, when country life prevailed, and homey, rustic objects were used, handed down, and reused. Today, this type of "farmhouse style" – which, incidentally, blends easily with boho, shabby chic and industrial styles – has become one of our most enduring decorating trends. And, short of incorporating actual antiques into your home, it's easy to find new furniture and objects intentionally made to look like weathered antiques. The secret to distressed pieces is simplicity. They look and feel lived-in, comfortable, unpretentious – the opposite of slick and shiny. Furniture || The idea behind distressed furniture – and why it has such charm – is that each piece has subtle variations in surface appearance, so no two are exactly alike. Before the Industrial Revolution, variations were naturally occurring, but once items became mass produced, each one started out exactly alike with uniform surfaces and details. For today's distressed furniture, surface imperfections are desirable, with variations in color and finish intentional. In addition to wood, other materials, including metal, glass, stone, and plastic, can be made to look distressed.   Area Rugs || Previously, the only way you could really get a "distressed" rug was from years of walking on it. Now you can find new rugs that have worn patches of faded color that truly look vintage, but are deliberately created in factories using special manufacturing and finishing techniques. Most rugs were and are built to withstand plenty of wear and tear, and can become more beautiful as they age. Finishing Touches || Mirrors, clocks, plaster busts (more popular than ever!), woven baskets, architectural salvage, metal gates and grates, stained glass window panels, books and other items, can all be found in true vintage distressed form. Or, you can buy attractive reproductions made to look as though you've curated them from years of global travel. Ideally, your home will look more unique if you mix true vintage items with newer items. It's even more interesting if you mix styles and time periods for an eclectic look that tells your personal design story.
Get advice on how to care for area rugs and rug padding, including tips to prevent rug wear and reduce pilling, from the experts at Jordan's Furniture.
Get advice on how to care for area rugs and rug padding, including tips to prevent rug wear and reduce pilling, from the experts at Jordan's Furniture.
Winter weather in all its snowy salty beauty is a killer on all flooring, but can be especially detrimental to your rugs. Not all rugs are created equal so leave your shoes at the door and follow these steps to maintain your rug’s beauty... Machine Woven || Available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. However, if the rug is wool its best placed in a room that doesn’t receive direct sunlight all day to prevent inevitable fading. Synthetic rugs hold their color well and are great for allergy sufferers! Vacuum regularly and blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Tufted || Also available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. Hand-tufted rugs will shed excess fibers when new so be sure to vacuum frequently until the shedding stops. Blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Again, professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Loomed || Usually only available in wool and in a thick pile, hand-loomed rugs are also susceptible to shedding and should be vacuumed often. Only professional cleaning is recommended so this rug style is best used in lower traffic areas. Hand Hooked || Made of wool face yarns, sometimes cotton, hand-hooked rugs are the most delicate of all the rug styles. Best used in low-traffic areas like the bedroom. Be gentle when vacuuming; only use the bare floor setting. Never pull a protruding yarn, cut it off at the pile height to prevent further unraveling. Always be sure to place your rug on a quality rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding and the possibility of color transfer. Pads with a rubber bottom are the most durable and will also prevent your rug from stretching out and scratching the floor beneath.
Outdoor Furniture Care Extend the life of your outdoor furniture with these tips. Care and Maintenance for Outdoor Furniture All-Weather Resin Wicker: Cape May, ScanCom All-weather wicker is durable, resistant to sun fading and impervious to the effects of water and humidity, making it ideal for outdoor use. Clean all-weather resin wicker furniture with a mild soap and water solution, wipe dry. Remove debris—like trapped leaves—from getting caught in the weave. Decomposing leaves can cause discoloration. All-weather resin wicker should not be subjected to intense heat. Therefore, do not place resin furniture too close to a grill or a fire. All-weather resin wicker furniture should be stored in a sheltered spot over the winter months. Ipé: Jensen Leisure Ipé is naturally a uniform brown color. Keep in mind that all outdoor wood furniture will turn gray when exposed to sunlight and the elements. This occurs as ultra violet (UV) light bleaches the wood. To preserve the original color of Ipé, we recommend using the Ipé Aftercare Kit. Please note: the Ipé Aftercare Kit should only be used after the original finish begins to lighten in color (after approximately 2-3 months of outdoor exposure depending on your local weather conditions). Step 1: Apply Penofin Pro Tech Brightener Before using any Penofin product, eye protection and rubber gloves should be worn. Cover the ground under your work area before starting. Empty the packet of Penofin Brightener into one gallon of clean water and mix. Wet the surface with a garden hose and sprayer. Using a plastic pump garden sprayer or brush, apply the solution liberally. DO NOT ALLOW THE SOLUTION TO DRY ON THE SURFACE. Mist occasionally and agitate with non-metallic stiff brush for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Step 2: Apply Penofin Verde Oil Finish Apply one coat and wait 15-20 minutes, thoroughly wipe the entire surface with a nap-free cloth until the wood feels dry to the touch. Please note that any excess oil left on the surface will congeal and result in a tacky finish. Following this treatment, apply Penofin Verde once per season (tabletops and other horizontal surfaces may require a second application). Remember that the wood surface needs to be clean and completely dry before applying the Penofin Verde. Depending on weather conditions, a single application of Penofin Verde should be dry to touch and ready to use within 24-48 hours. Please note that outdoor cushions or other fabrics should not be allowed to remain in direct contact with the recently finished surface during wet weather, until the finish has been allowed to completely dry and set (approximately 1-2 weeks depending on local weather conditions). Teak: ScanCom Teak is one of the hardest of all wood types, resistant to rotting and the effects of weather. The natural color of teak is honey-brown with a polished look that comes from its built-in reservoir of teak oil. Within 9-12 months of exposure to the elements, if left untreated, teak will age to a silvery-gray color. Jordan's teak maintenance kit provides products for cleaning and maintaining teak furniture. To retain the natural brown teak color, a regular application of teak sealer that contains UV protection is recommended. Atmospheric changes and changes in humidity can cause "checking" on teak furniture. Checking is characteristic fine cracks in the wood's surface. Checking will not negatively affect the use or the lifespan of the furniture. Teak furniture can be left outside year round. If desired, teak furniture can be covered, but the cover material should "breathe". Teak can also be stored in an unheated space. Care should be taken not to move teak from outdoors to a heated area as the drastic change in temperature and humidity can cause damage. Envirowood Made from recycled plastic, Seaside Casuals employs their patented “Envirowood” for all of their outdoor furniture. This high-performance material does not require sealing, will not splinter, and resists fading. For regular cleaning, wash with a mild soap and water solution. Do not pressure wash. To maintain the stainless steel hardware, especially in direct coastal areas or when exposed to salt water, regular rinsing with plain water is recommended. Use of caustic cleaners and harsh chemicals is not recommended. Cast Aluminum Furniture Cast aluminum furniture is lightweight, repels rust and stays cooler to the touch. Powder-coated painted surfaces are scratch and fade resistant. Frames should be cleaned with a sponge and a non-abrasive soap. Dish detergent should be avoided as it can leave an oily residue. Spills should be wiped with a damp cloth, using a mild soap and water solution. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided. Wet cushions will dry faster when placed on their sides to drain. Cushions should be stored in a dry area. Keeping furniture covered when not in use helps keep it cleaner (think birds flying overhead, or messy trees). Be sure furniture is dry before covering. Store cast aluminum frames in a sheltered area for the winter. If the furniture has foot caps, remove them to drain excess water before storing. Be sure that all cast aluminum furniture is dry before storing to prevent damage from trapped water freezing and expanding. Do not store cast aluminum frames upside down, as many frames are designed to drain excess moisture in the upright position. In coastal areas, salt may accumulate leading to corrosion. If used in an indoor pool area, chlorides may accumulate. Regular cleaning as described above will remove the deposits and protect the finish. Outdoor umbrellas: Treasure Garden, Tuuci No umbrella, regardless of size or weight, should be left unattended in the open position. In windy conditions, it is recommended that umbrellas be closed, removed from their base, and stored, or laid horizontally. This will reduce the risk of damage to your umbrella, furniture, and other property. Fabric canopies can be cleaned by brushing away loose dirt and debris, hosing off with water, and cleaning with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution (water should not exceed 100° F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap; air dry. Be sure that the parasol pole is firmly attached before opening parasol. Remove all packing materials—exterior and interior— before assembly. Umbrella ribs must be separated by hand at least 6” out from the pole before opening the parasol. Check bolts on base plates (Tuuci) regularly to ensure they are fully tightened. All umbrella bases are for use on flat, stable surfaces. To ensure stability of your umbrella, please observe proper placement, and use sufficient weight (base). Steel or cast iron bases should be kept clean. Remove dirt by cleaning with mild soap and water. Never leave bases standing in water. To keep your bases looking their best, you may wish to store them indoors when not in use for an extended period of time.
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