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How to flatten a new rug? Tips for your rug to shine

When it comes to home decor, few things can make as much of an impact as a brand new rug. However, new rugs can often come with a few bumps and lumps from being rolled up during transportation. These imperfections can take away from the initial beauty of the rug and even pose a tripping hazard.  In this blog post, we'll be sharing our top tips for flattening a new rug, so you can enjoy your beautiful new addition to your home straight away.

1. Unroll your rug and let it sit for a few days

The first step in flattening your new rug is to unroll it and let it sit for a few days. This will allow the rug to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of your home, which can help to relax any kinks or wrinkles that may have formed during shipping or storage

2. Use heavy furniture to weigh down the corner 

If your rug is still curling up at the corners after a few days, you can use heavy furniture to weigh them down. Place heavy books or a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, or coffee table, on each corner of the rug and leave it there for a day or two. The weight of the furniture will help to flatten out the rug and encourage it to lay flat.

3. Use a rug pad

Another way to help your rug lay flat is to use a rug pad. Not only will a rug pad prevent your rug from slipping and sliding on hardwood or tile floors, but it can also provide extra cushioning and support. A thick rug pad can also help to level out any bumps or uneven spots in your rug, making it easier to flatten.

4. Steam the rug

If your rug is still stubbornly curling up at the corners, you can try using a steamer to relax the fibres. First, vacuum the rug thoroughly to remove any loose dirt and debris. Then, hold the steamer over the curled up corners of the rug for a few minutes, being careful not to get too close and damage the fibres. Then, use your hands or a heavy object to press down on the corners and encourage them to lay flat. Allow the rug to dry completely before using it.

5. Flip the rug over

If all else fails, you can try flipping your rug over and letting it sit upside down for a few days. This can help to reverse any curling or buckling that may have occurred during storage or shipping. Once you've let it sit for a few days, flip the rug back over and see if it lays flat.

In conclusion, flattening a new rug can take a bit of time and effort, but the end result is well worth it. By following these tips, you can ensure that your new rug looks its best and adds a beautiful, stylish touch to your home decor.

EXTRA TIP:  Restore the rug’s initial lustre

In some cases, placing a piece of furniture such as a chair or table with legs on a soft carpet with denser fibres can result in unsightly marks. This can be especially frustrating when the furniture is frequently moved or after rearranging the room.Thankfully, there is a nifty trick using a vacuum cleaner that can help resolve this issue. Simply place an ice cube on the furniture mark, allow it to melt, and then thoroughly vacuum the area. The mark will vanish in no time.

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