Extra long runner rugs are useful accessories to brighten up a dull staircase or hallway. They come in various materials, from wool and silk to leather. Proper maintenance of runners and area rugs is important if one wants to keep these accessories functional and attractive for a long period of time.
Runner rugs are used for a variety of purposes, from keeping hardwood floors free from scratches to giving a drab and boring area a quick makeover with a splash of colors and shapes. Mats for the floor can also be used to create a focal point in a room or to designate an area as a walkway. They serve to soften areas with cold tiles and cold, concrete floors. Unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, they can sport vivid colors and outrageous shapes and designs, as long as these fit with the overall theme and design of the room or home.
They are also versatile. Like carpets, runners can be changed to fit the seasons. For example, one can use lighter pieces in the summer and heavy woolen pieces with long piles in the winter to keep heat in. They can also be moved from one house to another, another advantage over wall-to-wall carpeting. Rug runners for hallways can even be placed on top of carpets, especially in high traffic areas to protect and keep the carpeted areas from wearing thin.
How To Care For Runner Rugs
Rugs can last for several years with the right care and maintenance. They are bound to show signs of wear since they are often placed in high-traffic areas in the home such as hallways and stairs, but this should not stop homeowners from doing regular cleaning and maintenance to keep the mats as usable as possible. There are various ways of caring for rugs, which can be anything from wool to silk or skin and hide mats. Woolen pieces can be cleaned using regular vacuuming, which can easily get rid of dust and dirt that may be on the fibers.
Runner rugs for hallway or doorways can be cleaned every few days without a vacuum by simply shaking the material outside, since vacuuming can damage the fibers. Skin or hide materials are rarely used for an extra long runner rug, but one can clean a soiled skin rug by using mild upholstery cleaner or mild soap with water. The rugs can also be steam-cleaned on a regular basis, as long as the backing does not get wet. Silk is another option for mats and runners, but being expensive, it should be protected from wear and tear as often as possible.
Extra long runner rugs are used for designating spaces, for giving color to an area, and for keeping colder areas of the floor warm. These are also useful as colorful accents to brighten up a room, a drab hallway or a staircase. To make runners last longer, regular maintenance is needed to keep the rugs functional and colorful, after months and even years of use.