ARE WOOL RUGS BETTER THAN NON WOOL?
Wool rugs are generally more expensive than synthetic carpets, but that doesn't always make them the best choice. Wool is luxurious to the touch and extremely durable. However, wool rugs are also more susceptible to shedding, which means more time with your vacuum cleaner. Typically, you will also have to use cleaning products that can be more expensive. Furthermore, in the event of more stubborn stains, the intervention of a professional cleaning service may be needed. So if your home is occupied by messy pets, accident prone children, a careless husband and or all the above, then opting for a less expensive and easier to maintain synthetic area rug is probably a better option.
While most woolen carpets last longer than synthetic rugs, a premium-quality polypropylene (read: synthetic) rug can last just as long as a wool rug - and without the shedding. How do you measure quality? Synthetic non-wool carpets are gauged by a measurement called PSM (points per square meter). This measures the amount of fiber found in 1 square meter of material. Essentially, the higher the number, the better the rug. Polypropylene carpets will start at about 350,000 PSM and run all the way to 1.5 million PSM.
Here at Payless Rugs, you have more than 70000 styles & sizes to choose from among our premium wool and synthetic rugs. And as our name suggest, you can expect to pay less for your new rug. Plus, we have a generous returns policy backed by exceptional customer service.
DO I NEED A RUG PAD?
We believe rug pads are essential. It's all about safety, because a good rug pad will keep your rug from sliding, which lessens trips and falls. Beyond safety a rug pad can create a healthier environment in your home. How you ask? The use of a good carpet pad creates space between the rug and floor that will help prevent mold and mildew. That's especially important if anyone in your home or office suffers from allergy. The bonus is no moldy smells. Lastly, we like to call this one the "comfort factor" The use of a high quality rug pad will add some extra cushioning to the way the rug feels when you walk on it and everyone loves a little extra comfort. Two caveats to this are: door clearance and rug style. If your rug is near a door where opening or closing of the door passes over the pile of the rug you want to be cautious to not buy a rug pad that it too thick and inhibits the door from clearing the pile of the area rug. Additionally, you want to be aware of the style rug you own when gauging your rug pad purchase. Some area rugs are by design very thin and by choosing an ultra-plush rug pad you may over power the rug itself and may the combination look clumsy. Either way one thing is certain, here at PaylessRugs.com we have every pad for every scenario. Still not sure about which pad will work for you? Not to worry, simply call 1-866-784-7123 and speak to one of our helpful product specialists for assistance.
WILL MY RUG SHED?
While synthetic rugs won't shed, a wool rug will shed for at least the first few months. This shedding will slowly mitigate itself overtime however it should be noted that some wool rugs will shed, if even a small amount, for the life of the carpet. Typically, an owner will vacuum 20 to 25 times to measurably curtail wool rug shedding. Sprouts, which are what we call loose fibers, are not shedding. A few loose fibers, or sprouts, are to be expected when you first purchase your rugs. They're easy to erase. Just use a small pair of scissors to snip them off even with the carpet pile. But, please, do not pull the loose fibers out of your rug, because that can contribute to a deterioration of the backing.
HOW SHOULD I VACUUM MY NEW AREA RUG?
We rug experts at Payless Rugs prefer canister vacuums without beater bars to use on carpets. Brooms and manual sweepers are also gentle, effective ways to remove dirt and dust you're your rugs. Because high-powered upright vacuums can yank threads from the back of the rug, causing loose fibers, we recommend using the handheld attachment on newer uprights to vacuum your area rug when possible. Or, at least turn off the upright vacuum's beater bar. If you can't turn off your beater bar, set it at the highest position.
Please don't over-vacuum serged (finished) edges, since this can loosen fibers around the edges over the time. Also avoid directly vacuuming fringed ends. If your area rug is reversible, we recommend vacuuming both sides to best preserve your investment.
WILL THE PATTERN BE IDENTICAL TO THE IMAGE?
The area rugs pictured on our website are generally representative of a 5' x 8' size. As a rule of thumb, you can expect fewer pattern details to be shown in a smaller size and more pattern intricacies if the area rug ordered is larger than the supplied image.
ARE THE IMAGES A GOOD REPRESENTATION OF THE ACTUAL COLOR OF THE RUG?
We only offer rugs by premium carpet makers. The images we show on our website are supplied by the manufacturer and or by our staff from photos taken of rugs in our showroom. These are the most accurate images we have and generally do represent the actual colors of the area rug you are ordering. With that said, it should be expected that some variations can occur to the way the colors appear when you receive your item. That's because so many things can affect the "color," including the use of natural or artificial light when taking the photos and even the monitor settings and resolution on your smart phone or computer screen. Please take these elements into consideration when calculating whether or not you feel this particular area rug will perfectly compliment your decor. If you want to be absolutely sure, contact our staff for further color details and you may even want to check if the item you're interested in comes in a sample/swatch size that can be sent to review prior to ordering.
CAN MY RUG DIFFER IN ADVERTISED SIZE?
In short...yes. To be a bit more comprehensive it is because making a rug is not a mass produced process. Meaning even machine loomed rugs are susceptible to slight deviations in size. How much can they differ? Hand made rugs can vary in advertised dimensions by up to 6" on both sides. While this is rare , it can happen and is not a defect. Machine made rugs are a bit more precise however deviations can also be up to 6". With that said your expectations on avg would be more like: 1-4" on a handmade rug and 1-3" on a machine made rug.