Today I’m going to share with you where I purchase inexpensive area rugs and how I get those darn creases, humps and bumps out. The reason they have so many is the packaging method the shipper uses. They come rolled up and folder over like you see in the photo with the rug still in the green bag.
By the way did you happen to notice I have a helper. Just so you know; worst helper every!!! It’s my sons new pup that I watch while they’re at work and he spent more time chasing the wrapper and impeding me unrolling the rug than anything, but I love him.
About once a year I order a new area rug for our living room. I like to keep the cost right around $100 so I don’t feel bad about giving it the old heave ho when it’s dirty and worn down. Another good use for the old ones are to line the garage floor under the car with them. The old rug collects a lot of road dust and makes it easier to keep a clean garage floor.
My favorite rug shops are rugs.com and wellwovenrugs.com. You can find nice room size rugs all day long for $100 and shipping is free. For that cost I’m not going to bother trying to have it cleaned. We don’t take off our shoes in our home, so if it gets dirty so be it. I do vacuum it everyday so that helps keep it looking nice much longer than no cleaning routine at all.
I’ve found with normal every day traffic they last about 12-18 months. I noticed I replace mine this time with the exact same one I had last time but in a darker shade of gray. I didn’t even notice it until I starting getting the photos around to do this post.
So here’s what I do to get it to lay flat. Roll it out to it’s desired location, add the furniture back on top of it, and let it breath. That’s all there is to it. Give it 5 days of rest and it will be flat; I assure you. Now if you don’t have the patience to wait the five day’s you’ll have to either steam out the wrinkles or heat up a cast iron pan and run it along the creases. I did absolutely nothing to mine and the creases resolve themselves in no time and I’m happy with a fresh clean rug again.