I have a confession. Jonathan and I have been married for over 18 months and I have NEVER washed the rugs in our home! I have shaken them out and swept them, but never washed them. My real life friend, Mrs. U is having a heart attack as she reads this!
See, here's the thing, I didn't remember seeing my mom wash rugs. It doesn't mean she didn't, I just never saw her. Here I am, in my mid-twenties (that sounds weird) and have never washed my own rugs. I knew I was suppose to because of people like my friend, Mrs. U and Martha Stewart, but I was always afraid they would get destroyed in the washing machine! Not only that, most of my rugs are chocolate brown and I just knew they would fade in the wash. I just couldn't afford to go out and buy new ones if that were to happen.
Finally though, I came to my senses....they needed to be washed, plain and simple. Do you know what I found? Not only did they survive the wash, but they even dried nice and fluffy. When I walk across my accent rugs, they feel so silky. Oh, and the color? Even more brillant than the day they were put down!
Moral to the story? Wash your rugs, TODAY! Play it safe if you are concerned like I was and wash them on a shorter, more gentle cycle in cold water....let me know how they turn out!