9 Rug Maintenance Tips

Dec 18, 2018 | Area Rug Cleaning

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9 Tips to Maintain the Life of Your Rug


  1. Know Your Rug

It’s important to know the type of yarn, the kind of backing, and any special instructions of your rug.

  1. Rotate Your Rug

You can preserve the life of high traffic area rugs by placing them in different directions. Consider rotating multiple rugs for one spot if that place has extremely high traffic.

  1. 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.

  1. Avoid the Sun

In order to prevent fading, place your rug in low sunlight areas or remember to keep your blinds closed when that room is not being used.

  1. Manage Shedding

Vacuum 1-2 times weekly at first. Do your best to not pull on stray loops, always cut them back to size.

  1. Protect Your Rug From Furniture

Make good use of protectors on furniture feet to prevent large divots or damage to the pile. Make sure that the legs are clean before you place them on the rug.

  1. Vacuum Routinely

When you vacuum your rug, you are extending the life and beauty of it! Vacuuming at least once every two weeks is ideal. If the rug receives more traffic, vacuum more often. Be sure to have a vacuum that can cater to the pile height of your rug. If your rug has a high pile, it can be significantly damaged by certain vacuums using low pile settings.

  1. Removing Pet Hair

Is there stubborn pet hair or dirt in your rug? There are a few tools you can use to eliminate it without damaging your rug. This includes a carpet brush, rake, or squeegee tool.

  1. Stain and Spill Triage

Act fast and blot up spills using a clean cloth. Do NOT rub. Rubbing can force the spill further into the fibers and create a higher chance of staining. Scrape up semi-solid spills with a thin spoon and vacuum it up as it dries.


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