Area rugs are an easy way to elevate the look of your home. They can easily tie a space together and create a warmer, more cozy feel. But with so many options, it can be hard to navigate what area rug works best for your home. Here is a breakdown of types of carpet to help you determine which area rug will work for you!
Wool rugs are some of the most beautiful area rugs around. These are some of the highest quality rugs you can buy. For that reason, they tend to be more expensive. Wool fibers are known for being tightly woven, making them more resistant to dirt and stains. If you are looking for an area rug that will last with little maintenance, wool rugs are for you! A yearly carpet cleaning service should suffice for this material of area rug.
Acrylic rugs are nicknamed “synthetic wool” because of the similar look and feel. This material is much more affordable than real wool, but does not hold up as well in high-traffic areas. Using chemicals on acrylic can sometimes react with the fibers and turn the area rug brown. If you get an acrylic rug, it’s important to call Zerorez® to have it cleaned. Our Zr Water® leaves Zero Residue®, so you won’t have to worry about chemical stains.
Shag rugs are trendy and soft, but are not always the best option. While they are quite durable and hide dirt well, they are very difficult to clean in the event of a spill or stain. Because the fibers are so long and flexible, shag must be cleaned in all directions in order to truly lift whatever dirt or stains are hiding in it. If you choose a shag area rug, consider getting a carpet cleaning more regularly in order to prolong the life of the rug.
If you are looking for a statement piece in your home, consider purchasing a polyester area rug. Polyester is commonly used for bright colored rugs because it is more fade-resistant than most materials. If you are looking for an ethical material, look no further. Some polyester area rugs are made from recycled materials because it is a man-made synthetic fiber. The draw back of polyester is that it shows impressions easily. A polyester area rug would be best in a low-traffic area like a living room where furniture stays in place to keep the impressions covered.
Another popular synthetic option is nylon. Nylon area rugs are soft, yet durable. They tend to be resistant to stains and general wear and tear. Nylon is a more affordable material than wool, but can be a bit more pricey than other common synthetic materials. Investing in nylon could mean that your carpet will last for anywhere between twelve and fifteen years. The lifespan and maintenance of this kind of area rug requires less frequent carpet cleaning services. A more sporadic carpet cleaning is just fine to keep the integrity of a nylon area rug.