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A Guide to Flokati Rugs: Manufacturing and Cleaning Process

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Flokati_rugs have become a popular choice amongst many modern_day homeowners. They look beautiful and amazing in any decor set up and they are a good value for money courtesy of their durability factor.

Here is an insight on how your favourite flokati_rug is manufactured _

These rugs need to be specially manufactured to claim the name _ ‘flokati_rugs’ as per the guidelines set forth by the Greek government. The two paramount elements of them are _ the carpet should be washed under high pressure and it should contain at least 1800 GSM of pure wool. Unless it is not included in the manufacturing process, the carpet may lose its authenticity.

The fibre content of these rugs should be primarily and majorly pure wool rug _ especially New Zealand wool which is considered to be finest in the world. Flokati_rugs have been in the Greek traditions for centuries and this is due to its purity and high_end luxury. The manufacturing starts with the wool being spun in to the yarns using spindles.

Before anything else, the yarn is thoroughly washed under high pressure to get rid of any unwanted element. This also helps in making the yarn fluffier_as compared to the standard wool pile. Today, we have got advanced machinery to do our job but in old times, this process was done under waterfalls for approx 40 hours to cleanse and shrink the pile and make it amazingly fluffier_for which it is known around the world.

Just like you will do for creating a hand tufted rug, the yarns are made to create long loops and then sheared to form the pile. Owing to the complexities in the manufacturing process and the difference in the variations used around the world, it is hard to explain the manufacturing process in greater depth and detailing. Also, we can’t ignore the intricacies this rug bears in its design quotient which makes it even more difficult to explain.

Though, ideally flokati_carpet should be made from 100% pure wool yarn, still different countries have different way of producing it using different materials available with them or simply to make it affordable for everyone.

Care and maintenance: an important factor to keep in mind to enhance the life cycle of your rug

It is of paramount important that you take a good care of your rug in order to keep them fresh for years to come. A few tips to help you handle your rug when you unpack and unroll it.

  1. Shake well outside right after you unroll it

It’s normal that your carpet may have flattened during transportation. Don’t worry! You can handle it easily. All you need to do is just shake your carpet well outside and this will get your fibres back to its original upright position.

  1. Use a simple raking tool

A simple raking tool will further help in making the fibres stand erect and will also make the fibres_fluffier. Remember to rake your fibres gently. This may cause some fibre coming out of the backing.

To conclude the care and maintenance, just rake and shake well and you are good with your flokati_rug.

Washing tips for your flokati_carpets

Cleaning and washing your rug is an important factor which will help increase the overall life while making it beautiful, clean and tidy. You should keep a regular check for dirt and dust and keep it clean by washing it with the mildest of wool soaps to avoid any damage to the fibres.

Few important tips to avoid while washing your flokati_carpets _ avoid using high temperature water (hot water) simply because the fibres are made from wool, chlorine bleach and dry cleaning process as all of these could pose a damage to the protective layer of the pile. Exposure to direct sunlight could lead to distortion of colour.

Always keep in mind that a periodic check for dirt and dust or any unwanted spots will keep your rug inviting and appealing.

How to vacuum your rug?

Flokati_shags exhibit thick pile which needs extra precision while vacuuming. You will need to avoid a suction head with rotating brush as this could harm the pile as the fibres may get caught in it.

Also, you need to follow the golden rule of vacuuming in opposite directions to help the pile come back to its original position.

Well, if you are planning to buy a high quality flokati_rug online, we would recommend you to visit www.therugshopuk.co.uk as they stock a beautiful collection at highly attractive prices.

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Will Today’s Quotations Become Tomorrows Gardening Proverbs?

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We are all able to quote one or two gardening proverbs, even if we don’t really understand what they mean. Most of these will have been handed down to us, by family members, of an older generation. No-one knows where most of these old sayings originated, or why they were first coined. But one can imagine the first time they were spoken, that they were meant more literally than they are today.

Compare if you will, the Chinese proverb “A thorn defends a rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom”, with the modern sayings, especially those from the youth culture, and imagine any of them being passed on to the next generation.

Many of the so called quotations from “celebrities” are nothing short of vulgarities, with coarse language and profanities. Will people who hang on their every word and action, really want to recall them in years to come?

As with all proverbs, those related to gardening are thought provoking and can in fact fit many situations. An African proverb says “knowledge is like a garden, if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested”. What a profound thought that really is.

Some garden proverbs such as “don’t make mountains out of molehills”,”you reap what you have sow” and “fresh as a daisy”, are well known all over the world. Despite television, the internet and other forms of the media, one cannot imagine the words of, for example Big Brother contestants, being remembered for a few weeks, let alone for hundreds of years, by people around the globe.

Perhaps as gardeners, we should be proud of these wonderful words of wisdom, and put a few of them in our gardens. What could be better, than something like “he that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses” in your rose bed? “Friends are flowers that never fade”, in your border, where your visitors are able to see them?

Yes, some of them mat be sentimental, but what is wrong with that? After all, you are probably very proud of your garden and enjoy showing it off to friends and family. Why not let them see that the reason for your beautiful garden, is that you have a romantic heart.

Or, perhaps you would rather have something more modern and catchy? What about something by John McEnroe – “you can’t see as well as those f*****g flowers, and they’re f*****g plastic”.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Decluttering Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is probably one of the hardest areas of the house to declutter and organize because it is one of the most used and has the most items. The key to successful decluttering is organization. And think about how worth it it’s going to be – don’t you want to walk into a clean and clutter-free kitchen? You’ll be more inspired to cook and prepare meals more!

Rule # 1 – Only display items you use most

It’s not practical to visit cupboards and drawers just to make a cup of coffee, while you have plenty of items you barely use sitting on your counter. To make your kitchen work for you and not the other way around, store infrequently used items in the cupboards/drawers (if you don’t use it at all, get rid of it) and only bring out the items you use regularly.

Rule # 2 – Get rid of your spares

Why do you have cutlery for a family of 15? Do you really need 12 mugs when there’s only 4 of you at home? How come you have 5 frying pans when you clearly use just your favorite one? Think about how many extra plates, glasses, cutlery etc. you have that no one ever really uses and are just taking up space in your kitchen.

Realistically, you only really need one of each per member of the family, plus a few spares (for visitors and in case of breakage). Of course, there’s also that special set you only use during special occasions and there’s nothing wrong with that. But other than that, get rid of spares you don’t actually use.

If you must keep spares (for parties or whatnot), put them in a storage box and store them in the attic. You can also opt to use disposable for parties, which won’t clutter your kitchen!

Rule # 3 – Organize food properly

Speaking of spares – have you experienced buying new spices for a recipe, only to find out that you have 2 more bottles in the cupboard? To save money, avoid food wastage and get rid of clutter, position food and cooking items where you can see and access them properly. Display herbs and spices in a rack, store pastas in jars and place snacks in one place. Labelling the containers will also help a great deal in keeping your food items organized.

You don’t need to do something drastic to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free – just practice these golden rules of decluttering your kitchen and you’ll be good to go!

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Winter Gardening – Winter Activities to Cure the Gardening Blues

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Winter can be a hard time for us gardeners. Especially in the months after Christmas when the decorations and lights have been packed up and our gardens are covered in a thick layer of snow. But just because there’s nothing to do out in the garden doesn’t mean we can’t plan for this coming spring’s garden.

The winter is a great opportunity to plan for next year’s garden. As an avid gardener, I relish the chance to take stock of last year’s successes and failures and figure out how I can do things bigger or better. Just like a well built house starts from a set of plans, a fantastic garden requires forward thinking.

Towards the end of winter, when the warm days are starting to return, go out into your garden with a pen and notebook and take a survey of what needs to be done. Do perennials need to be moved or divided? Would you like to put in any new beds, and where? It’s a good idea to pay attention to how much light vs shade different spots in your garden receive.

Different plants prefer different amounts of light and this information can be found in most catalogs. If you’re planting veggies, draw a general diagram of what you want to plant and where. Don’t forget crop rotation!

Once the soil thaws it’s a good idea to get a soil test; especially before you start any new garden beds. You can usually send in a sample to your local extension office or university for a small fee.

Other activities to keep you busy in the winter months are:

Clean and repair your garden tools – Cleaning your hand tools of mud and rust, sharpening them up and then coating them in oil for protection will make them last for decades to come.

Take care of houseplants – My houseplants always seem to get neglected during the summer months, when I’d much rather be outside. Now is the time to give them some love. Take care of any pest issues. Divide or root prune the plants that have become pot-bound. The divisions you make can be used as gifts for Easter or Mother’s day.

Feed the birds – Build or buy a bird feeder. The wildlife that you attract can provide many hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Start sprouts – Sprouts are an easy way to keep growing your own nutritious greens through the winter. All you need is a mason jar and a window sill. Many healthfood stores carry seeds for sprouting and instructions are usually on the packaging.

Grow an indoor herb garden – If you have a large, south-facing window you’re all set. Otherwise you can buy high output grow lights that let you grow herbs and greens indoors all year. There are even kits online that come with everything you need to get an indoor herb garden going.

Visit a local greenhouse or nursery – Taking in all the colors and scenery can be cathartic when the winter blues got you down.

Attend gardening seminars and garden shows – Many seminars and shows are scheduled in the winter, when serious growers have time to attend.

Buy more books – I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough gardening books.

Whatever you do, don’t despair! I hope these activities can help keep you sane doing the winter months.

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