The first day of spring may be in the past, but if you haven’t had a chance to get started on your spring cleaning, Lumpy Rug Day could be the motivation you need.
To match many of the other surprising “holidays” throughout the year, May 3 has been dedicated to lumpy rugs. The day was created in appreciation of a good, clean rug and to avoid overlooking your rugs during spring cleaning. Or, some people see it as a day to enjoy old, lumpy rugs and the comfort they have brought to your home.
Knowing how to best take care of your rug can extend its life and keep it looking as great as it did when you brought it home. In honor of avoiding those lumpy rugs, check out the tips below on keeping your rug wrinkle free.
How to Avoid a Wrinkled Rug
Wrinkling is a common issue in area rugs. While consumers sometimes worry that wrinkles are defects, simply put, wrinkles are caused by a rug being securely rolled and stored (in our distribution center or on a store shelf) before making its way to a new home. The longer the rug is rolled, the more likely it is to have wrinkles. Wrinkles will typically fall out on their own in a few weeks’ time, with a little help from good old-fashioned gravity, but there are some things you can do to expedite the process.
Have a wrinkled rug? First, try reverse rolling the rug, with the backing facing outward. Tightly secure it and leave it rolled in a warm, dry place for 2-3 days. A laundry room or sunroom is ideal. If the weather is warm, you can place it outside on the patio or hang it over the porch railing for a few hours. The heat will help the fibers to relax more quickly.
You can also try using light heat from a blow dryer. Be careful to keep the blow dryer in constant motion, holding it at least 4-6 inches from the rug’s backing.