Brushing my Flokati

Flokati Rug Cleaning

In our bedroom, we have a 8×10 foot Flokati rug I bought after our bathroom remodel to warm up the concrete floors. I had read great reviews about the style including that they are extremely durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.

I love how the rug looks and feels but was a little concerned how exactly to keep it clean. The instructions that came with it said to take it outside and shake it periodically to remove dust. I have also read you can wash them with mild wool soap in your washing machine.

Both sound like great options, but our rug is way to big to stuff in our washing machine and I can only manage to take the rug outside once or twice a year tops. I tried vacuuming but stupidly realized that the rug fiber get stuck in the rotating pieces. Duh. So I was really at a loss of what to do besides shaking it out.

Recently I was watching the High/Low Project on HGTV and Sabrina Soto gave a quick tip about cleaning Flokati rugs. She said to use a plastic rake to clean off debris and keep the rug fluffy.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

So on a recent Target trip, I came across toy rakes in the summer clearance section.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

At a $1 each, I thought these would be perfect to try out on the rug because of the spokes were really wide apart.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

To start, I did a light vacuum with the suction head attachment to pick up any big debris particles.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

Brushing the rug was a super simple process. Just brush with the fibers across the length of the rug. Our rug is under our bed so I just worked from the mattress out.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

I used the larger rake for most of the rug and the smaller one around the bed and in the corners. I found that the rake picked up more of the debris than the vacuum did.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

You will find that some of the wool will get caught in the rake. This is absolutely normal, and is not harmful to your Flokati Rug. Once I was done brushing, I went back and sucked up all the debris with my vacuum.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

It may be overkill, but after I brushed the rug I went back a second time with the vacuum to pick up in straggling fluffs. The second vacuuming also fluffed the rug up a little more as well.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

Of course by now, the cats wanted to know what the %^&* I was doing. They hate that vacuum.

Flokati Rug Cleaning

Here’s the final result one fluffy and clean Flokati rug. The full rug brushing took about 20 minutes plus I got a nice arm workout. I am excited to see how long the fluffy look lasts before it needs another brushing. I’ll write an update when I find out.

Our Master Bedroom NOW

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Since Bath Crashers, we have made a few changes to our Master Bedroom. I thought I should take a moment to go through the updates we have made.

First off, the whole master suite got a new coat of paint. Yes, this is the third time in a year we have repainted it! (See the first time.)

Although, the gray wall color picked by Bath Crashers was a nice contrast to the concrete floor and bamboo, we just wanted to brighten the room up a bit. The final color is just a little more blue and lighter than the original.

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On the bed, I replaced our duvet cover with a neutral gray one from IKEA. I finished off the bedding with Amy Butler Bucharest shams and a turquoise quilt folded at the foot of the bed. I still want to add one more pillow in a red or yellow to tie in the gallery of artwork, but haven’t found the right one yet.

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Besides the new linens, the bed remained pretty much the same pre-Bath Crashers. Without a proper bed frame (maybe someday…), we really like having my painting above the bed. I purchased the side tables with their nifty wicker baskets at Target a few years ago and the Alang table lamps are still available at IKEA.

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On our long wall to the left of the bed, we decided to bring in some personality and hung up a collection of art from around the house. I like the shot of color from the various pieces including the oh so popular Stay Calm and Carry On. On the practical side, the collection does a great job of camouflaging our air conditioner cover (first frame on the left) as another piece of artwork.

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I picked up this volcano print in Hawaii at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet about ten years ago. I love tropical paradises and like to have the daily reminder such a place exists. The T-Rex Dinosaur print from Berkeley Illustration was a gift of Nate’s. He got it as his groomsman’s gift for a friend’s wedding and I think it’s probably the coolest groomsman/bridesmaid’s gift I have ever seen.

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I thrifted this eagle woodcut/painting when I was in college. If you notice the artist used the wood grain to make the feathers of the eagle. I love that. I recently bought the Antique Squiggly Blue Octopus print from Black Baroque on Etsy. Cephalopods are one of my (many) animal loves.

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These two prints were the least expensive of the bunch. The leaf print comes from one of those packs of five cards you can get from the frame department of any IKEA and we received the smiling Buddha as a greeting card when we moved in.

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On the concrete floor, we added some warmth around the bed with a Flokati rug from PB Teen. It’s such a nice contrast to the concrete floor. The cats really like to attack it, so its a winner for the whole family.

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We left the window coverings that Bath Crashers installed up.

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The safari print is fun. I really like them, but am wondering if they are too busy for the room. Until I decide, they are staying up. I am really torn about them.

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Above the bed, we updated our ceiling globe with a little more rub ‘n buff. I really do love that stuff.

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So there you have it, just a few simple changes to the room that make a huge difference to the bedroom. It’s so nice to have it done. Eventually we will be expanding the room so we can have a walk-in closet, but that won’t happen for awhile. Luckily the other to bedrooms provide ample storage for the time being.