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Please be sure to reference your area rug warranty for specific care requirements! For your general information, however, here are some basic tips and facts:

  • Regular cleaning: Regular vacuuming will help rugs retain their beauty and will extend their useful life. In light to medium traffic areas, vacuum twice weekly. In the heavy traffic areas, vacuum daily.
  • Shag-type rugs: Care must be taken to protect the cable yarn when you’re vacuuming your rug. Long yarns tend to wrap around beater-bars, and vacuum brushes will damage the fiber. So disconnect the beater-bar (consult your vacuum owner’s manual) to avoid this damage. You may wish to buy a carpet rake to use in conjunction with your vacuum. With the beater-bar disconnected, set your vacuum to the lowest height setting (for best suction); rake the carpet to loosen soil, and then follow with the vacuum.
  • Occasional cleaning: Professional carpet cleaning is recommended periodically using the hot water extraction method. Do not dry clean your rugs or use bleach.
  • Handling spills: Clean food and beverage spills immediately. Blot with a clean cloth, then spot clean with a solution of clear dishwashing detergent and water (1/4 tsp dishwashing detergent to 1 quart of warm water). Rinse with water and blot dry. Do not dry clean and do not bleach. BLOT ONLY! Do not rub or scrub!

Area Rug Resources & Articles

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Trends in area rugs change from season to season, just as they do in fashion and home interiors. In fact, the rug industry looks directly to those fashion and home interior trends to develop innovative products. You’ll find high style and up-to-the-minute colors in the area rugs we offer.

Today’s area rugs fall into three chief categories—contemporary, traditional, and transitional. Nature is an important influence, affecting both design and color palettes.

Contemporaryrugs have been gaining popularity each season. Their clean, modern aesthetic makes them a good choice for an avant-garde look that showcases your unique style. Current trends are graphic patterns, tailored geometrics, abstract designs, and organic shapes with a hand-drawn appearance.

Traditionalrugs convey a sense of the timeless and elegant. They’re usually based on classic patterns, many of which date back centuries. Lately, however, they’re incorporating more casual and modern elements, making them appeal to transitional and even contemporary rug shoppers.

Transitionalrugs tend to be the most popular of the three style groups, because they’re the most versatile. They have a casual character that works well with many kinds of interiors. Silhouetted botanicals and florals are prominent in transitional rugs, together with scroll and damask patterns that offer traditional styling with an informal air. Simple solid and tone-on-tone patterns sometimes combine with high-and-low yarn heights to offer texture and complexity.

Color, too, plays an important role as it changes from season to season. The newest colors reflect nature, so palettes of warm earth tones are being seen. Soft neutrals, sophisticated grays, and chocolate brown accented with blue and green are a continuing trend. Coming on-scene as fresh complements to these neutral palettes are tomato reds, gingered oranges, golden yellows, and tones of purple such as plum and eggplant.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Transitional design is a great option for a homeowner who wants to build a room around comfort and a few well-loved, carefully chosen items. By not limiting yourself to contemporary or traditional design, you have a chance to infuse the room with your personality, without ending up with a hodge-podge look.

Jamie Gibbs, a designer with offices in New York and Indianapolis and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has worked with many clients who want a transitional style, even if they don’t quite know what it is.

“Transitional is conservative and safe with an edge,” Jamie says. “You can have a little bit of an imagination with it.”
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By thinking about how you plan to use the space and what you would truly love to see in the space, you can create a beautiful, inspired transitional room.

Here are Jamie’s tips on achieving a transitional look:

Plot out a room. Ask yourself: Where do I prefer to read? Where do I like to prop my feet up? Consider all these elements, so your room will be livable as well as beautiful.

Choose a neutral wall color. “Create a calm background,” Jamie says. “Neutrals bring out what you really want to showcase.”

Go comfortable with upholstered pieces. You can use a fun, functional fabric or leather to re-upholster a high-quality couch picked up at a thrift store or consignment sale.

Go contemporary with tables: Look for metal, mirrors, glass, and other contemporary details.

Every element should have a function and be nice. If it doesn’t have a function, give it up. And if it’s tired, worn, or outdated, let it go.

Go for pop: Make sure you have something eye-catching, such as a unique wall hanging or unusual piece of furniture. But you don’t need several wow pieces competing for attention.

Layer a colorful area rug on a neutral floor. An oriental rug is an unexpected choice, giving you a color palate as well as a wow factor.

Invest in good lighting. Most rooms need three different lighting sources to give you the flexibility you need for the room’s many roles.

Go for a done, not unfinished, look. A transitional room should look put-together and finished, with attention to detail, function, and beauty.
Don’t fill in your décor with cheap, random things: No cheap frames, cheap matting, cheap lamps or cheap accessories. Bare walls are better than walls cluttered with bad art or poorly framed photos.
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