home decor

How do I clean these rugs?

Dirt and spills will happen. What to do?

First things first: the vacuum is your best friend. Dirt and dust will settle into the surface of your rug and vacuuming regularly will prevent the dirt from damaging your rug.

Second, make or buy an all natural chemical free carpet “spot lifter” (available at any major home center, like Green Building Supply).

DIY carpet cleaner:

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon of a translucent all natural liquid dishwashing detergent into one cup of lukewarm water.

How to Clean:   

  • Blot spills with a clean, damp white cloth
  • Spot clean with all natural carpet cleaner
  • Vacuum regularly without a beater brush
  • Rotate every 3 months for even wear
  • Professionally clean with no chemicals
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Happy Feet – the case for Organic Wall to Wall Carpeting

Introduced in the 1960s, and wildly popular in the 1970s – wall to wall carpeting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity mainly because of its warmth and softness.

Do you remember the 70s shag? Whole living rooms blanketed with avocado or tangerine shag floors that needed to be raked?

Or perhaps like me, you grew up watching The Brady Bunch, with almost the entire set covered in wall to wall carpet?

Image result for the brady bunch set(What ever happened to Carol Brady’s husband? And did anyone else notice that the exterior view of the Brady house showed the second floor on the left side while the interior clearly has the staircase on the right side? Just two of the mysteries of my childhood).

Somewhere in the 90’s, flooring trends changed.  Wall to wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with hardwood floors and area rugs.

Carpet has lost favor as a decor choice, partly due to the ‘bad rap’ it has endured. That new carpet smell? The result of the chemicals used to manufacture the carpet.  Critics maintain that these chemicals off gas and create poor indoor air quality.

Besides no off gassing/ new carpet smell, here are some of the reasons why Organic Wool Carpet is an ideal choice for living areas, hallways and bedrooms:

  • soft and comfortable underfoot
  • natural material from rapidly renewable resource (sheep)
  • filters dust and allergens
  • durable and long-lasting; wears well, resilient, retains original texture
  • flameproof, abrasion resistant
  • excellent sound absorption and heat insulation
  • easily cleaned and maintained
  • no chemical stain protectors or moth proofing treatments

What’s old is new again.  Organic Weave offers a myriad of color and style choices, including shags. Shags that need no rake.

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Who Made Your Rug?

Until 1996, there were no watchdog organizations to monitor child labor in India’s carpet industry. Some estimated that 1,000,000 children were weaving carpets in South East Asia.

1,000,000 kids.

The work of agencies like GoodWeave and LabelStep have changed the handmade rug industry by monitoring looms for illegal child labor.  These non-government agencies have been active for decades in creating programs to help to rehabilitate children at risk.

Simple formula. Not so easy to implement.

In 1996, I was asked by then Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada), Pierre Pettigrew, to participate in a panel discussion about child labor. I sat alongside my colleagues from major corporations – NIKE, LEVI STRAUSS and I presented on child labor in India’s carpet industry.

All eyes were on me (meaning fingers were pointed) because everyone was talking about tiny fingers weaving rugs. At that time, there was only a whisper about child labor in other industries – no one was talking about the garment industry – yet.

….as I was presenting, (and it was late in the afternoon and everyone seemed to need an espresso), I stood up and asked “WHO MADE YOUR SHIRT?”.

It’s a good question to ask ourselves whenever we buy an imported product.

Organic Weave is a proud member of GoodWeave International and our rugs are certified free of child labor.  Who made your rug?

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Is your home making you sick?

Nicolas Kristoff’s NY TIMES article, What Poisons Are in Your Body? made me pause. Kristoff was tested for “poisons” found in everyday products we use or consume including toothpaste and household cleaning products. The test results showed that Kristoff’s body had surprising levels of toxic chemicals.

The rug and carpet industry has been widely criticized for “off-gassing” – when newly manufactured items in our homes release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals. The raw materials in carpet, from flame retardant sprays to the synthetic fibers and chemical dyes used in their production, are a likely contributor to poor indoor air quality.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), we spend up to 90% of our time indoors.  Ask questions about the chemical content of the products you bring into your home.