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What You Should Know About Owning a Braided Rug

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new braided rug. It's an otherwise simple home accessory that will offer you and your family countless years of enjoyment. Braided rugs are used for both functional and aesthetic purposes, as they protect the flooring in a home with an attractive design. Here we'll take a look at some of the things you should know about owning and caring for a braided rug.

Because of their durability and strength, many owners choose to place their braided rugs outside on the porch or patio. This is a great way to decorate the atmosphere with a stylish element, but you must use caution with braided rugs. While they are naturally strong, most traditional braided rugs aren't waterproof. If you place them outside where they are uncovered and exposed to the elements, constant downpours of rain will eventually take a toll on your rug. For this reason, it's recommended that you keep your braided rug in a covered area where rain won't be able to reach it.

Braided rugs come in a number of different sizes to fit anyone's preference. Before purchasing one, take a few minutes to get a measurement in the area where you intend to use it. Some people may skip this step and try to eyeball the size, but this oftentimes results in a braided rug that's either too large or too small. The few minutes it takes to get an exact measurement will save you both time and money in the long run.

The color and design of your new braided rug will affect the atmosphere in your home. Unless you want to redecorate the area around it, you should choose a rug that's going to match the current elements in your home. Ask yourself what color palette and/or theme your home's decoration is based upon and then choose a braided rug to fit. If you are looking to spruce up a boring decor, then a multicolored rug will do the job. There are plenty of bold-colored rugs that really create a vibrant element in an otherwise boring atmosphere.

Like any other rug, your braided rug will gather dirt and dust as time passes. Instead of allowing it to accumulate, you should get into the habit of vacuuming it about once every other week. This will help pull out any dirt on the surface and prevent it from settling into the fabric. Some owners even toss their braided rugs in the washing machine with a little bit of liquid detergent, but this usually isn't necessary. Instead, just focus on vacuuming it and spot-cleaning it when there's a stubborn stain not coming out.

To increase the life of your braided rug, you should always be aware of what you trek onto it. If you've been running around in dirt and mud all day, then it's probably not a good idea to trek it over your new rug. Even though the stains will come out with a little bit of work, it still places unnecessary strain on the braided rug. The bottom line is that you need to be conscious of what dirt you bring onto your rug.

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