Does it shed?
Short answer - yes. Does it make me go insane - no. If you sit down on the rug in black pants you're going to have little fibers all over your pants. I don't usually sit on the ground, and if I do it's not that big of a deal. Do as Taylor says and shake it off, shake off.
Does it smell?
There was a bit of a smell to the rug when it first arrived. Kind of smelled like wet grass, but it wasn't a deal breaker. After a few days the smell was gone.
Does it stain?
Yes and no. The usual wear from shoes or dirt from dog paws hides incredibly well. I have never noticed stains or wear from that. However, if the rug gets wet from oh I don't know your child vomiting all over it after having drank a colored fruit juice, then yes. Yes, yes, yes, that bad boy will stain and there is not much you can do about it other than pout for a good long while. Speaking from experience here :( Food spills don't seem to do any damage to these types of rugs but a wet spill is a different beast. You can only clean them with water (no carpet cleaning chemicals) and the water always leaves a bleached looking area where you cleaned.
Here's what is left from the sick child incident.
Apparently, and of course I know about this after the fact, there is some type of granules like saw dust out there for cleaning natural fiber rugs. If you guys have had an experience with those let me know!
Does it hurt to walk on?
It's certainly not soft, but I actually like the way this nubby rug feels on my feet. And it has substantially softened up over time with regular vacuuming. I don't lie on the floor in here, but if you were someone who wanted a comfy rug for that purpose then this is not your rug. You'd probably get poked by some of the thicker fibers and hate your life. But again, it's not something we do in this room so it's a non-issue for us.
Does it shift?
This is the part that I really had a problem with. It shifts. It shifts like ca-ray-zay. And there were constantly ripples through out it because the darn thing would shift below your feet. Our arm chairs even moved around from it. It always looked wonky. Even with one of those waffle non-slip pads underneath.
I hated this part of the rug but suffered through it because I loved everything else about it. And when our dog would get excited and run into the living room (like a million times a day) he would hit the brakes as soon as he got to the rug and the thing would pull up and he'd kick his feet around in it. Ugh. I was ALWAYS flighting a loosing battle of straightening this rug!
The problem with all the shifting was from the loose weave and shedding fibers along with dirt falling through the open portion of the rug pad. It was disgusting under there. Prepare yourselves.
And the thing is, I vacuumed all the time and cleaned the undersides of the edges too. It was just plain gross.
I decided to do some research and find a real rug pad. Enter Rug Pad Corner. I called them up and told them the type of rug and floors I had along with my problem. They were incredibly helpful and directed me to their Ultra Premium Non Slip Rug Pad.
The surface of the rug pad is what makes it a miracle worker for me. It's made out of recycled felt and is given a this diamond looking design that makes it grab onto the back of your rug, keeping the rug from shifting on top.
The back of the pad that comes into contact with your floors is made out of real rubber that won't break down over time, and is heat sealed onto the felt so there is no glue used which could cause damage to your floors. There's also a texture to the rubber backing keeping it securely in place. Oh and did you notice that the floors are actually clean underneath the pad?! The pad is nice and dense so none of those rug fibers or dirt can slip through to the floor. Ba-bam!
I've had this pad down for almost three weeks now and have not once had to straighten it or worry about our dog flipping the edges up. Not once you guys!!! This is pretty huge for me.
And look at it?! Not at all the wonky mess it was before! My husband and I were even really surprised as to how much softer the rug was to walk on after we got the pad down. It was a huge difference. One we weren't even expecting.
So, if you decide you're going to go with a natural fiber rug, do yourself a favor and don't waste your time with the typical non-slip pads. Get a real pad from the get-go and save yourself the hassle. Like most things, I really wish I would have done this sooner.
Do any of you guys have a natural fiber rug? What do you use to clean it? I need to have something on hand for the next time vomit-apocalypse takes over.
Disclaimer: I was provided a rug pad at my request from Rug Pad Corner; however, all opinions are my own.