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Hearth Rugs – What They Are & Why You Need One

Burning a fire during the cold winter months has been a family favorite throughout the generations. A fire is always a great excuse to stay in and relax. We have fireplace doors and screens that help to keep our family safe, but shouldn’t we have something to keep our floors safe?

It’s easy to keep your carpet or wood floor safe from hot embers or ashes that spark up by having a fire-resistant hHearth_Rugearth rug. A hearth rug is a small throw rug that is usually shaped like a half circle. You can easily save and protect your floor by placing one of these fire resistant rugs in front of your hearth. They will also save your flooring from rolling logs and firewood bark while giving adding elegance to your home.

Purchasing a hearth rug is definitely a smart investment. One hearth rug will last you for many years, where as if you don’t have a hearth rug – there is a chance that you may have to replace any carpet or flooring if there are any hot sparks that fly out of your fire. It’s important that you purchase a hearth rug over a regular rug – hearth rugs are flame-retardant whereas if you purchase a regular rug you’re not exactly sure what you will get.

There are many different styles, sizes, and co lors of hearth rugs available. You will be able to find one to fit into almost any décor. They are also available in a variety of materials; however, nylon, wool, and fiberglass are the most common.

Nylon hearth rugs are generally lower priced and are often used more for decoration. If a burning ember comes into contact with a nylon rug then there is a good chance that you will have a small black melted spot on your rug that cannot be removed. Wool_Hearth_RugNylon has a higher melting point than other synthetic hearth rugs. The best thing about nylon hearth rugs is that they are simple and inexpensive, yet they will still protect your flooring or carpet.

Wool is one of the best natural fiber materials that can be used in hearth rugs. Wool hearth rugs can be singed by flying sparks, however, any marks can be easily brushed out. Wool is very durable and does not melt. Another nice trait about wool hearth rugs is that they will extinguish themselves naturally if they do catch fire.

The best protection you can get with any type of hearth rugs are those made from fiberglass. Fiberglass is a man made material that is actually used in many industries such as electric and thermal insulation. This material makes these fiberglass hearth rugs a bit more costly, but they will never melt or burn, and last you for a very long time.

So add some more style and elegance to your home while keeping your floors safe with a hearth rug today!


Bio-ethanol fireplace said...

My home would've burned down if not for a hearth rug. Best investment I've ever made.

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