How to Get Makeup out of a Carpet

 
Ahh makeup – it’s all fun and games until it’s been trodden into the fibres of your carpet and shows no signs of coming out. 
But before you rip your carpet out or throw away your favourite rug, try out some of the below tried and rested methods to save your carpets. 

 

The golden rules

Always spot test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t make the stain worse.
It’s important to use a clean, white cloth to tackle your stain. Adding more colour to a makeup stain is never a good move.
Don’t use bleaching agent on a natural wool carpet. It could damage the fibres beyond repair, and could even make it prone to catching more dirt.
 
 

How to get eyeliner out of carpet

You will need: washing up liquid, cold water and a cup or glass.
 
Step one: Mix one table spoon of the washing up liquid with two cups of cold water.
 
Step two: Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain repeatedly with the solution, using a clean area of the cloth each time.
 
Step three: Blot the liquid repeatedly until the stain fades away 
 
Step four: If the above steps don’t remove the stain, mix ½ cup of warm water with one tbsp. of ammonia and sponge the carpet with the solution. 
 
Step five: Keep blotting until the solution is fully absorbed. 

Extra tip: For stubborn stains that aren’t being removed by the above methods, mix a cup of warm water with one tsp. of white vinegar and sponge again until the liquid is absorbed. Press with cold water and pat dry. 

 

How to remove lipstick from carpet

You will need: Dry cleaning solvent, a sponge or cloth to dampen. 
 
Step one: First, scrape as much excess lipstick product from the carpet as possible. Be careful not to smear it further into the fabric. 
 
Step two: Using a clean cloth or sponge, dab the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Keep blotting the stain until all the solvent has dissolved. 
 
Step three: Repeat until the stain disappears 

Extra tip: If the stain is fairly deep and the above doesn’t work, mix liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Blot the stain with the mixture using the cloth/sponge, finishing by sponging with cold water. 

 

How to get mascara out of carpet

You will need: Cool water, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and two clean cloths
 
Step one: Pour two cups of cool water into a bowl. 
 
Step two: Add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. 
 
Step Three: Stir with a spoon so the mixture is fully combined. Take the clean cloth, and dip into the water. Blot the stain numerous times, until the stain starts to fade. Rinsing the area by blotting with cold water alone, then finish by blotting with a dry cloth. 

Extra tip: If the above fails, try tipping a small amount of oil-fee make-up remover onto a cotton pad, and dab away at the stain. Be careful to keep the movement as a blotting action, and not rubbing the stain further into the carpet. Particularly good for waterproof mascara.  

 

How to get eyeshadow out of carpet

You will need: Mild laundry detergent (5-6 drops) mixed with one cup of cold water
 
Step one: Remove any powder excess with a plastic spoon or cloth
 
Step two: Apply a small amount of the laundry detergent and water mix to the cloth, so it is slightly damp. Blot the stain continuously, but do not rub!
 
Step three: Repeat until stain is removed. 

Extra tip: If the eyeshadow stain is an oil based eyeshadow, or liquid foundation/cream blusher, then hydrogen peroxide at 3% is advised. Apply a couple of drops directly to the stain. Leave to soak in for one minute, before pressing with a clean cloth to lift the stain out. 
 
Have the above tips helped you remove a makeup stain from your carpet at home? Perhaps you have another method that does the trick?
 
Whatever your chosen method, it’s safe to say that, after tackling these stains, it’s likely that you’ll try to keep the make up on your face (and off the carpet) all the more!
 

WORLD DOG DAY 2016

They are hunters, protectors, detectors & rescuers. They are the eyes for those without their vision, ears for those without their hearing. They are part of our family. They are man’s best friend. Dogs deserve National Dog Day & we are happy to be celebrating them!

We have our very own Modern Rugs pooch, Pugley. Pugley loves coming into the office and helping us out with paperwork, answering calls and of course testing out how comfy our rugs are!

 
  
It seems as though it’s not just Pugley who loves having a nap on a cosy rug... we have had so many photographs from our canine customers and their new rugs that we thought we would share them. (Give the photographs a click too!)
 
      

    
 
     

Make sure you give your pooch a little extra love today! They deserve it!
Happy National Dog Day!

 

Brazilian inspired interiors!

The Rio 2016 Olympics are well under way! Great Britian is doing an amazing job on the medals table and the event is doing a great job of inspiring many people to go out and be more active... but for us, Rio 2016 is inspiring style! Beautiful Brazil is a flamboyant paradise of tropical patterns, textures and colours. The perfect place for some interior design inspo!

The kaleidoscope of colours around Rio seen in the street art & architecture reflects the vibrancy of Brazil as a whole. Hot pinks, zesty greens, lemon yellows & electric blues; carnival style colour is everywhere. Rio’s Portuguese paved sidewalks are just one of the city's stand out features; they are iconic and boldly geometric; they have definitely been the inspiration behind the geometric trend of the summer. 



Brazilian style is not just about an infectious use of colour and geometrics, you can’t forget the vast rainforests that occupy other areas of the country, the leafy emerald palms are becoming a popular focal point with designers at the minute, with zesty greens & jungle prints. The botanical vibe isn’t just limited to interior design either, it’s transcending onto the catwalk too. From dresses and playsuits to wallpaper and rugs, the leafy palm design is bang on trend this summer!

 
As well as natural botanical prints, this season natural materials are being incorporated into design more than ever: wood, stone, jute, bamboo; all reference to Brazil’s commitment to resourcefulness. Whether it is a jute rug, a bamboo basket, a table made out of drift wood; natural materials bring texture to any space. The perfect juxtaposition of natural textures and carnival colours, create a truly unique Brazilian vibe at home.



Brazils energetic use of colour and bold pattern is fascinating, and whilst we can't be out in Rio for the Olympic games, there is so much inspiration to take from the infectiously vibrant country!

Game of Thrones your Home

The new season of Game of Thrones has returned to our screens, and the excitement mounts for each eagerly awaited episode, with everyone second-guessing what will happen next. 
If you are a big fan, you may be keen to go that step further and incorporate the themes of the series into your interior style. Whether you favour the rustic charms of the Starks in Winterfell, or the Lannister’s regal abode at Casterly Rock, we chosen some rugs that can help you achieve the look you’re after. 

Getting royal with the Lannisters 
 
House Lannister is well-known for its wealth and power. One of the Great Houses within the books and TV series, the Lannister family are also infamous for their cut-throat nature… literally. Living in a castle is no mean feat; the Lannisters have rich taste and a lavish lifestyle to uphold, which is reflected in their choice of decorative. Rich reds and twinkling golds adorn their family coat of arms – a colour scheme that can easily be introduced into your own home by adding red accessories, draped curtains or incorporating this striking gold rug to a dining room or bedroom for a softer element. 

Rug up with the Night’s Watch 
 
The men of the Night’s Watch guard the Wall on the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, and it can get pretty chilly at Castle Black. Layering is key for both outfits and interiors, and they don’t stray much from black, which represents their raven symbol. It’s minimalist in the dining hall of Castle Black, with solid wood tables and the glow of candle light. Why not recreate the look with stainless steel cups, a black sheepskin rug and wooden tea-light holders to really get the rustic feel of the North? 

Winterfell interior wonders
 
Ok, so there may not be many Starks left to write about, but they were the original house of the North and so deserve a mention. Filmed in Ireland, the Stark lodgings certainly hold a medieval feel. Just like Castle Black, they need to keep heat in and the cold out, opting for fur throws and hearty log fires in each of the bedrooms. The colours are earthy, with touches of beige and grey on soft furnishings to complement the dark wood panels. To get the look in your own home, add thick woolly throws in browns, greys and blacks to your bed, or an animal inspired dark cow-hide rug to either the floor or the wall. 

Palace peripheral with House Martell 
 
As seen in season five, the Alcazar of Seville plays host to the House Martell as their summer residence. The palace has beautiful ceramic tiles in a multitude of colours and features gold ceilings; oozing opulence and prestige. To design your own decorative boudoir, invest in Moroccan inspired lamps and an afghan print rug in rich red. 

Dragon décor
Fire and blood are the main themes of the House Targaryen coat of arms, which also feature their beloved dragons. Although originally from the east, the Targaryens have moved around, with their seats previously at Dragonstone, King’s Landing and Summerhall. Now wherever they find themselves, they incorporate many looks in their décor: from desert-based tents to the cold interior of the Meereen Castle. If the thought of a Fabergé egg is a little too much to add to your home, why not include accessories like this a twisted frame mirror, or a dragon scale inspired cream wool rug to get the Targaryen influence into your interior? 
 
Subtle accessories and easy-to-find statement pieces will give you the Game of Thrones home that will be the envy of any fan.

Rugs in the Kitchen?

The kitchen is a place of baking, chopping, frying, mixing, pouring, eating and drinking. In other words, the kitchen is a place of mess; spillages, crumbs, grease and grime. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean is difficult to do, even more so if you have children or animals. So, is it the best idea to cover up that easy clean wooden or tiled floor with a rug?

Let’s look at the pros and cons...
 
 

First of all, the Pro’s...

 

Design. Rugs are a great way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise bland space; kitchen floors are usually a pretty neutral shade so a rug can give a spark of colour, tying in with your kitchen accessories.

Comfort.
You spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen, and a cosy rug will definitely be more comfortable on the old feet.
 
Secondly, the Cons... 

 

Mess. The crumbs and the bacteria that can get harvested in a rug in a kitchen is pretty gross and depending on the type of rug, you may have difficulty cleaning effectively.

The Slip Factor.
Rugs put on top of a hard floor are more likely to slip around, which is a huge hazard if you’re carrying a pan of boiling water, or even worse a bottle of wine! Although you can buy an anti-slip underlay to stop this from happening, at an extra cost of course! 

 
 
If you do decide to go for a rug in the kitchen, it’s important to choose the right one. Style is important, but the material in which the rug is made out of is a big factor too. Some material is harder to clean that others. Pile length is also something you need to think about, but don’t worry we are going to explain everything...
 
Rug Material. The material in which the rug is made out of is really important; a wool rug for example will be difficult to clean thoroughly without damaging. With kitchen rugs we would recommend you always go for either a synthetic material such as polypropylene as its easy to clean than something like wool for example. Another alternative is Jute, which is a natural material which is super hard wearing. 

Pile Length. We would recommend a flatweave rug rather than a rug with a thick pile.Think of the crumbs! The longer the pile the harder it is to get them out of of your rug.
 

Check out the Natural Fibre & Flatweave section of our website to find a huge selection of appropriate kitchen rugs!
 
 
 
Here is Serenity the cat enjoying her lovely rug in the kitchen, the Tom Tailor Braid Natural.

GoodWeave Rugs!

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children, and as a rug retailer, we want to make sure that we are not contributing to this exploitation. So we have teamed up with GoodWeave, an organisation helping to combat this problem; Modernising the outdated and immoral practice of child labour within the rug industry by certifying child-labour-free rugs and providing education and opportunities to rescued or at risk children. 

Rug producers with certified GoodWeave status open themselves to unannounced inspections by local inspectors to ensure the standard is on par and consistent. GoodWeave currently operate in six countries; The weaving communities; Afghanistan, India & Nepal. As well as consumer countries; Germany, the USA & the UK.

We are happy that the rugs we supply from those countries are GoodWeave approved rugs! Here are some of the amazing designs we currently have.
 
 
 
 
 
To learn more about the great work that GoodWeave do go to www.goodweave.org.uk
 

Modern Rugs at The Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is based in London’s beautiful Olympia, it attracts people from all over the UK every year; from interior designers to first time home owners!

Whether it was to buy furniture for an entire home or just to get some inspiration, over 15,000 people walked through Olympia’s doors each day of the 17 day show! 

This year was the first year that Modern Rugs made the long journey down the country to be at the show, and we are really glad that we did! Being an online company, we rarely get to see our customers face to face, so it was great for our team to meet so many previous customers and many new ones too! We even saw a few famous faces!

Sadly not every single one of our 10,000 rugs could fit on the stand! So we chose 90 of our most popular. Shaggy rugs, designer, outdoor, kids and flatweaves, we had a selection of everything and there were some real show stoppers:

The Blade Silver attracted the most glamorous of customers! Its shimmery silk-like material looked a million dollars but with an affordable price tag! 

The Plush Sand was the rug that all of the tired shoppers loved to sink their feet into! The super thick shaggy pile was just too cosy to resist! 
 
The Noble House Grey/ Cobalt is one of the softest shaggy rugs we have! The 3D stone effect is really unique and got a lot of attention from the crowds!

 

It was a very busy 17 days, but we really enjoyed our time at The Ideal Home Show. Maybe you will see us again next year. 
 
 
 

Get your rugs right!

 

How to get Nail Varnish out of Carpet

 
 
Nail varnish: it’s one of the most dramatic and irreversible-looking stains that can befall your carpet. So what do you do when disaster strikes and your carpet is hit with this sticky, colourful paint?
Well, like most things in life, there are a few ways you can go about removing your nail varnish stain. And, like our pervious post on how to remove wine stains from your carpet, it might just depend on what you’ve got lying around in your cupboard.

The ground rules
There are some rules that apply to any nail varnish stain, no matter which method you’re choosing to tackle them with.

The sooner the better
The sooner you tackle this stain, the more likely it is to completely come out of your carpet. Of course, sometimes we only discover a stain once it’s dried. If that’s the case, don’t panic, but if you do have the opportunity to try and remove it while it’s still wet, work fast.
Better safe than sorry
Whichever cleaning method you decide to go for, it’s always a good idea to check the substance on a hidden area of your rug or carpet first, particularly if you’re using bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide.
Keep it simple
If you’re using a coloured cloth or napkin, or one that’s patterned, you’re running the risk of transferring some of the dye onto your (already stained) carpet. Try and stick to white, clean cloths, and avoid paper napkins, which will likely fall to pieces once wet.
Avoid clothing detergents
Clothing detergents are designed for clothes for a reason – they’re best suited to clothing fabrics. That goes for spot cleaners, too. If you use one that isn’t designed for your carpet, it can seriously damage the fibres, not to mention prove a nightmare to remove.
Avoid chlorine bleach
If you have a wool carpet then you should avoid anything that contains bleach or ammonia altogether. That’s because they contain alkalis – the sworn enemy of wool carpets. Again, these can irreversibly damage your carpet, so steer clear if you’re working with wool.

How to get wet nail varnish out of carpet
Now we’ve got that straight, it’s time to raid your cupboards. If you’re working on a fresh nail varnish stain then one of the below methods works best. Make sure you keep the stain wet if you can, by dabbing the area with a damp cloth.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover
• Blot the area with a clean, wet cloth, to keep the nail varnish wet.
• Put some of the nail varnish remover onto a new cloth.
• Blot the stain, lifting as much colour as you can.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… window cleaner
• Again, keep the nail varnish damp by dabbing with a wet cloth.
• Apply the window cleaner to a different cloth
• Blot the stain repeatedly to lift as much of the varnish as possible.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hairspray
• As always, ensure the area remains damp, using a wet cloth when needed.
• Apply the hairspray to the sponge, and the sponge directly to the stain.
• Blot repeatedly until the varnish begins to lift.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hydrogen peroxide and baking powder
N.B. Only use this method on lightly-coloured carpets, such as cream or white, and always test on a hidden area first. Any peroxide products can affect your carpet’s colour. Do not treat wool carpets with this method.
• Wet a cloth or sponge with the hydrogen peroxide solution, or pour a small amount directly onto stain.
• Blot the stain to remove as much as possible.
• Make a paste with the baking soda and a small amount of water.
• Apply the paste to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Apply a thick layer of baking soda to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Remove the mixture with a spoon and vacuum up any excess power.

How to get dry nail varnish out of carpet
Although removing dry nail varnish stains from the carpet can be much more difficult, there are still some options that could help lessen the appearance of the stain, if not remove it completely. Whichever your chosen technique, start by moistening the area with water.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover and rubbing alcohol
• Mix equal parts of each liquid in a bowl and pour a small amount over the affected area.
• Use an old toothbrush to gently brush the stain, being careful not to damage the fibres.
• Vacuum up any loosened polish.
• Repeat as many times as necessary until the stain is removed.

Remember if you’re ever in doubt, call in the professionals! Tackling the stain yourself with what’s in your cupboards can do a great job, but don’t be afraid to call in the experts if you aren’t happy with the results.
 

How to Remove a Wax Stain from Carpet

Spilling candle wax on your carpet or rug can seem like the end of the world, but don’t despair: we’ve got a fool-proof, step-by-step guide for removing wax from your carpet. Simply follow the instructions below carefully, and you can’t go wrong. You will need: steam iron, spoon or butter knife, damp dishcloth.

Step 1
Once the wax has cooled and hardened, use your spoon or butter knife to gently remove the top layer of wax, being careful not to damage the carpet fibres.


 

Step 2
Dampen your dishcloth, wring out any excess moisture and lay it across the affected area. Make sure that your dishcloth is clean and white – you don’t want to transfer any colour or dirt onto your carpet!




Step 3
Ensure your iron is on a low steam setting, and apply it to the cloth. Put a medium amount of pressure on the iron, allowing the heat to melt the wax into the dampened cloth. 



 

Step 4
Remove the cloth to ensure the wax is soaking up. It will likely appear darker in colour. 



 

Step 5
Re-apply the dishcloth, covering the remaining stain with a different area of the fabric. 



 

Step 6
Repeat steps 3 and 4, until the carpet is wax-free.

 

Step 7
Remove the damp cloth to reveal your beautifully clean carpet.





Good as new!

Are you trying out this method at home? Tell us how you get on by tweeting us at @ModernRugsUK or chatting to us on Facebook!