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TIPS FOR SHAPING YOUR RIPPLE RUG:

Watch our video and get some ideas to help you make your own exciting Ripple Rug configurations.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR RIPPLE RUG

Your new Ripple Rug may last for years. With the right care and maintenance, you can help extend its life.

We recommend vacuuming the tops of your Ripple Rug when first unfolded. Ensure that you vacuum the rug thoroughly to remove any fine cut carpet fibers that may have been knocked loose during transit. Do not run a vacuum over the Velcro® Touch-Points, motorized heads may loosen the Touch-Points or pull them off completely. We recommend a sticky roller to clean a Touch-Point. Any creases from folding will disappear over time, however, you may wish to iron away the creases. Please look at section below: “How-to remove creases”.

Caring for your Ripple Rug is easier than you think.

Vacuum your Ripple Rug when necessary to prevent nail shards, fur, and dander from embedding into the carpet pile. From our experience, cats are clean creatures and prefer a freshly maintained environment. (They’ll love you more for keeping their Ripple Rug fur-free).

The rug fibers will not fray, however, in the unlikely event of your ‘King-Kong-Cat’ going ape and destroying the carpet, use scissors to clip any sprouts and snags. The carpet will not unravel if you pull a fiber, do not pull on them unless necessary.

The carpet is mold and mildew resistant. If you decide to keep your rug in a tropical wetland or in puddles, because your ‘Manatee-Cat’ loves mooching in the Everglades, then there’s a good change that your carpet will be soggy and will not appeal to your fur-baby.

Finally, the Ripple Rug carpet is stain-resistant. In the event of any liquids finding their way onto the rug, simply absorb the spills by blotting with white paper or a cloth towel. Use soap and water as needed to clean the stain.

Cleaning with soap and water helps to remove the natural kitty oils left on the rug during grooming and playtime. It is important to note that cleaning the Ripple Rug will maintain its stiffness and keep it performing like new for a long time.

We recommend three easy ways to clean it. A garden hose outside, in a bath tub or in the washing machine on cold cycle. Use basic cleaning products, no harsh chemicals, and especially no fabric softener. A clean, oil-free carpet is essential to making caves and high standing ripples.

To dry, simply hang flat/straight to dry. Do not use a clothes dryer, higher temperatures may cause the Velcro Touch-Point to release. The material dries very quickly.

If your cat plays or lays on the Ripple Rug often, keep an eye on the ripples. If it becomes difficult to maintain shapes, it is time to wash it. The material is Polyester, so clean it like you would any t-shirt to keep it crisp and fresh feeling.

The long-term performance of your Ripple Rug will vary depending on the use and the carpet care applied. While Snuggly Cat and Friends have rigorously tested their own Ripple Rugs (and theirs have held-up to crazy-cat play), we can’t guarantee that determined Shere Khans (on rare occasions) won’t devour the carpet.

Cats love a clean place to relax. Proper cleaning will keep it functioning like new for a long time.

Most pet products can never be washed. We highly recommend regular cleaning after heavy use.

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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Creases may form when items are folded for transport or storage. Imagine unpacking a t-shirt: creases that may have formed are quickly removed by ironing the t-shirt.

The same is true of the Ripple Rug. Ironing the rug just takes a few moments, and helps removes creases, just like that t-shirt.

The Bottom Rug (Lined With Non-Slip Backing).
• Place the rug flat, the carpet-side should face up. (Non-slip backing facing down).
• Set the iron at a low temperature. Use the Nylon setting. (Approximately 250 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 degrees Celsius).
• Use Steam sparingly.
• Glide the iron over the crease. Keep moving the iron, (meow – similar to a fish, swimming around happily).
• Do not apply downward pressure to the iron. Let the iron slide gently across the carpet.
• Let the rug cool for a couple of minutes.

The Top Rug (Contains Holes and Touch-Points)

• Place the rug flat, make sure that the Touch-Points are facing up and visible.
• Next, select the Nylon setting on your iron.
• Slide the iron over the creases, without applying pressure.
• Let the iron move around freely.
• Do not iron the Touch-Points, iron around them as necessary.
• You may use a little steam if desired.
• Make sure the rug has cooled down before presenting it to your fur-baby.

These easy steps will help keep your rug looking new, especially if you decide to fold your rug away regularly, that is of course – if your cat lets you.

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HOW TO GET YOUR PET USED TO THEIR RIPPLE RUG

Some fur babies just can’t wait for the Ripple Rug to be removed from the bag. However, getting the sniff of approval from your furry friend may be challenging for some. Here are a few tips to help:

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Re-shaping the ‘ripples’ helps build curiosity.

The Ripple Rug is an interactive space. Your inquisitive friend will be more likely to ‘hang-out’ in their new place-space if they notice participation from their parent. (It’s always a good idea to use a new toy under supervision. This is to help ensure that your cat uses the product safely).

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Some cats do anything for treats.

Hiding treats inside the ripples may help your cat get familiar with the Ripple Rug more easily.

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A little squirt of catnip can go a long way.

Apparently approx. 50% of the cat population love catnip. If your kitty goes crazy for this essential oil, then we suggest that you spritz your Ripple Rug to entice your kitty.

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Throw your cat’s favorite toy into the holes.

Cats love sticking their paws into holes, especially when their favorite toy is lurking inside. We’ve seen great posts from pet parents who have placed vibrating toys inside, their cats go nuts to reach them!

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Put the Ripple Rug in your cat’s favorite spot.

Your cat probably has a preferred spot. Perhaps: close to a warm radiator; near a window flooded with warm sunlight; a safe corner of a room away from doors and walkways; near your desk etc.

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Be patient.

Cats are intelligent, curious, and yet mysterious at times. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why our furry friends do what they do. It can take a few days or even weeks for a cat to become ‘acquainted’ with new stuff. It may take patience and continual interaction on the Ripple Rug to win your kitty over.

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OH! The great outdoors.

Which cat doesn’t love the great outdoors? Let’s face it; nothing beats the wind blowing through your fur, the sound of real birds chirping, chipmunks scratching around, or the opportunity to nibble real green stuff. If your kitty lives 99% of the time outside (and we don’t recommend it, as we have so many scary predators around e.g. cars, coyotes and bears), introducing a Ripple Rug is a good substitute when the thermometer hits those chilly temperatures and your kitty decides that being inside is probably warmer. For any outdoor kitty, a Ripple Rug near a window with a view can help.