To extend the life of your rug, vacuuming frequently is a must. Everyday dirt and dust can settle into the rug fibers—especially in a high traffic area. Although while today’s powerful vacuums will easily remove that dirt and dust, they can just as easily loosen or tear the rug fibers as well.
Therefore, to preserve your area rug, use vacuum attachments, which are gentler—especially around the binding or serging at the outer edges. Also, try a carpet sweeper, which is manual and very gentle. Do keep in mind though that for the first few months after you set down a new rug, some shedding is normal—so don’t panic!
Take Care of Spills Right Away
A carpet or rug fiber acts as a wick and will quickly pull up spills up to the top of the pile. And if the spill has some time to dry, it can become a permanent stain. So while the exact cleaning process may vary depending on the type of rug and source of the stain, this method for cleaning area rugs is generally safe and effective:
- BLOT the stain—NEVER rub it in
- Use a dry cloth to blot on both sides
- Spray or dab it with water
- Repeat this process until the stain fades
It is important to note that it is recommended that you get your area rugs professionally cleaned as per the manufacturers suggestion methods and schedule.
Rotate Your Area Rug
Once a year, turn your rug 180 degrees. This will help prevent certain spots from fading or wearing in more areas than one.
Always Use a Rug Pad
A rug pad extends the life of our rug by acting as a buffer between the hard surface and rug to help prevent the fibers from being crushed. The rug wear will also be minimized because the pad acts as a cushion. And of course, it will keep the rug from slipping on a hard surface.