how to maintain your area rugsWe buy area rugs because they are beautiful additions to our home, and we want to keep them that way for as long as possible. Follow these easy steps to maintain your rug to that it will last longer and look better.

1. Know your Rug

Know what kind of yarn, what kind of backing, and any special instructions from the manufacturer. This will help you when you need to clean your rug or deal with another problem. Treating a spill wrong can ruin your rug, so be careful to know what your rug needs.

2. Rotate Your Rug

Life of high traffic area rugs can be elongated/preserved by rotating it. Simply turn the rug 180 degrees. This will spread out the foot traffic and help preserve the fibers. Consider having multiple rugs to rotate through in the same space if traffic is extremely high.

3. Schedule Regular Professional Cleanings

Professional cleaning is the best way to ensure a long life for your rug. Professionals can reverse a lot of the day to day damage that life can do to your rugs and remove dirt that can wear down the fibers and ruin your rugs.

4. Avoid the Sun

You might notice the fading on your rugs when you move a piece of furniture that has been in the same spot, blocking the sun for a long time. Limit your rug’s exposure to direct sunlight to prevent fading. Keep the blinds closed when the room is not in use, or use curtains.

5. Manage Shedding

Vacuum 1-2 times a week initially to take care of the initial shedding of a new rug. Do not pull on stray loops, always cut them back to size to avoid further damage.

6. Protect Your Rug From Furniture

Try not to place furniture directly onto rugs. Use protectors on the feet of furniture to prevent large divots or damage to the pile. Ensure that furniture feet are clean before placing them on the rug.

7. Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming your rug will extend the life and beauty of your rug significantly. Vacuuming every 1-2 weeks is ideal, more often for rooms with higher traffic. Make sure to use a vacuum that can cater to the pile height of your rug. If you have a high pile rug, it can be damaged by a vacuum on a low pile setting, and a high pile setting won’t really clean a low pile rug.

8. Removing Pet Hair

If there is stubborn pet hair or dirt in your rugs, there are a few tools you can use to get rid of it without damaging the rug. These tools include a carpet brush, carpet rake, or standard squeegee tool.

9. Clean Spills Correctly

If you do spill on your rug, quickly blot up the spill using a clean white cloth. Do not rub the stain, as this can press the spill further into the fibers and increase the likelihood that it may stain. Scrape up semi solid spills with a thin spoon. As it dries, vacuum it up.

If you follow these tips, your area rugs will last longer and look better.