Never Work with Children or Animals
This must be how principals feel after seeing their senior class graduate. They’ve watched them grow up, make mistakes, fall down, pick themselves back up, and finally they’re watching them make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. I could not be more proud of each and every one of you.
Hopefully by this time you’ve purchased a rug, or if you already had a rug, you’ve rekindled the romance that was once there before. Now your old rug is new and exciting again, as it once was. Especially if you took my advice and cleaned it. Now it’s as good as new again.
But there’s a few other things you should know because now that you’ve made this investment (no matter what you actually paid for), you’re going to have to take any additional problems that may come up in stride.
Never Work with Children or Animals
Do you have a pet? He/she may decide they want to mark their territory on the rug at some point. Have a good rug cleaner that you trust on call for when that does happen.
Have kids? Those beautiful little angels can be quite messy. Whether it’s grape juice, Kool-Aid, spaghetti sauce, “washable” markers, or finger paint, your kids are bound to spill something on that rug at some point. Once again, have a good rug cleaner on hand and maybe practice some breathing techniques so you don’t totally lose your cool on your little ones.
Any little thing that upsets the balance in your house can affect your rug, whether it’s directly or indirectly. You had no idea you were investing in another member of the family, did you? You essentially are when you buy a rug.
Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right
Remember how I talked about the ingredients in a rug and how they act as natural air filters? Great for you! But as soon as there is a difference in your air quality, that’s going to affect your rug. Whether that’s through your rug getting dirtier faster when your air filters need to be replaced or even a shift in the temperature can affect your rug.
I have a friend who is familiar with shifts in temperature. Living in Houston, Texas, it’s pretty much mild weather with high humidity, but every now and then Texas weather likes to go against the norm. When that happens, you need great insulation. My buddy didn’t have the greatest insulation installed already. He would notice it and complain to me every now and then, but he never fixed it. His electricity bills went way up and he was using a lot more energy than he was used to since his heater was running all the time in the winter and his A/C in the summer.
He wanted to fix it eventually, but the problem never seemed urgent enough. Well, he ended up buying an Oriental rug, per my recommendation. I helped him pick it out and I was there when they delivered it to the house. He was so excited! He had spent months analyzing the different styles, textures, and patterns. He knew just the one he wanted and he was willing to invest since he wanted an authentic antique rug. He rearranged his furniture in the living room and adjusted the style to fit his new investment.
When the rug finally arrived, it was like Christmas for him. Not even slightly exaggerating. He threw a huge “homecoming” party and invited all his closest friends and family to help welcome the new addition to his home. He had no worries about staining the rug because he has no kids and no pets. He’s just a bachelor with a nice Oriental rug. Everything was perfect.
Or so it seemed.
That winter was an unusually cold one and, once again, his heater was running all the time to keep his house at an optimum temperature. What he didn’t notice at first was how it was affecting his rug. Because of the heat, the rug was actually drying out and getting dirtier much faster than it originally had when he first brought it home. He was worried since this wasn’t a modern-made rug. He wasn’t quite sure what else would happen to his rug or if it would be ruined because of the drastic lack of insulation. This was the last straw.
He called Houston Pro Insulation. Turns out since his house was built in the 1900s, the insulation that had existed in the attic when it was first built was either gone altogether or barely there. The guys from Houston Pro Insulation set to work restoring the attic to a fully-functioning, properly insulated attic once more. Not to mention, my buddy realized how dirty his attic was and decided his next project would be cleaning it once the insulation problem was fixed. That’s another story for another time, though.
When Houston Pro Insulation http://www.houstonproinsulation.com was done, my friend was left with a house that remained cool on hot days and kept warm on cold days. His electricity bill dropped back down to a somewhat reasonable rate and his energy usage went down to a respectable level. His rug was restored to its previous impeccable state.
There a lot of things to consider when buying a rug. You’re probably tired of hearing me say that, but that story of my friend is a great example of something you may never have thought of before. Now you’ll know better, and because of his mistake, you’re better off.
There’s also a lesson to be learned here about simply properly insulating your home. You can save big bucks on bills and decrease the negative impact you may be having on the environment. Think of all the energy that was wasted over all that time when the solution was such a simple one. It took nearly damaging his new rug for my friend to realize what needed to be done. Don’t let that be you. Make sure you have the optimal atmosphere and environment for your rug to exist in.