Please use these instructions to help stiffen your Ripple Rug. It is important to understand why the carpet becomes softer when used. The Ripple Rug is made from Polyester, similar to the polyester material found in clothing, such as t-shirts. After use, polyester t-shirts may feel ‘worn’ or ‘broken-in’. The same can be said of the Ripple Rug. Cat oils and fur left on carpet fibers may soften the carpet. Simply vacuuming (to remove fur and other pet dander), then washing the rug with soap and water to remove fur oils followed by hanging straight/flat to dry will help to bring much of the original springiness back.
Firstly, we recommend vacuuming the carpet, this will help remove any fur that has collected on the fibers. A sticky roller may be used all over or simply around the holes, (as fur gathers around the edges when cats squeeze through them).
Cleaning with soap and water helps remove the natural kitty oils left on the rug. (We find that a garden hose works really well.) We also recommend hanging the rug straight to dry (rather than putting it in a dryer). This will bring back much of the original stiffness; (Similar to washing a shirt, it helps make it feel crispier).
We do not recommend machine washing. However, if you choose to machine wash (because your furry-baby decided to barf-up the blades of grass they chewed), it is important to protect the Velcro from pulling, while tumbling around the drum. This can be done by covering the Velcro Touch-Points. It is also important to wash the rug at cold, low-temperature, e.g. delicate or hand-wash cycle. Do not wash at medium to high temperatures.
To dry, simply hang flat/straight to dry. Do not use a dryer, higher temperatures may cause the Velcro Touch-Point to release.
If you feel you need even more carpet stiffness, please read on 😉
All that’s needed is a clothes iron and a few minutes. Set your clothes-iron to the polyester setting (around 225F). Place the hot iron on the underside of the Ripple Rug (the same side as the Velcro). Do not move the iron as you would when ironing clothes. Place the iron in one spot at a time. Put the iron on the desired location for no more than 15 seconds. After 15 seconds you may lift the iron and move to the next area. No pressure is needed – simply allow the weight of the iron to work its magic by heating the area for 15 seconds (note: applying hard pressure will flatten out the rug like cardboard, irreversible damage).
Please ensure NOT to apply the hot iron to any of the Velcro Touch-Points, as it may cause the Touch-Points to release. Always remember, let the iron’s weight and heat do all the work, do not apply pressure.
We have found these few simple steps help to increase the rigidness significantly. In a controlled test, we discovered that the rug becomes about 20% stiffer. Of course, over time and with repeated use and kitty oils added to the mix, the rug will become softer again. It’s very scientific! You can follow this same process over and over to help re-stiffen the carpet. Just like your favorite t-shirt, it needs to be cleaned and pressed a little bit to remain in shape.
We’re continually finding ways in which to improve the performance of the Ripple Rug. Believe it or not, it has taken many hours to find just the right ‘sweet spot’ between too rigid and too soft. (Yoda, our cat personally prefers soft, meow). In testing, we have noted that the carpet stands up quite tall and holds shape, until of course, your fur-baby decides to dive onto it and make it into a nest-bed.
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