Rugs can be expensive. Even if they aren’t, they are an investment that you want to keep looking nice. No one likes a dirty looking rug, and a worn-out rug makes the rest of the room look disheveled and messy. We know that your rugs get walked on every day, so how do you keep them looking nice? Well, our rug experts spilled their best tips here:
Know your Rug
The first step to keeping your rug looking nice is to know your rug. Every rug is different and requires different care. Know what kind of yarn and what kind of backing your rug is made of. Check out the care tag and any special instructions from the manufacturer. If there are special instructions, be sure to follow them. Your rug manufacturer has better tips for you then we do because we’ have to generalize our tips for all kinds of rugs.
Rotate Your Rugs
One way to preserve your rugs is to rotate them to spread out the amount of traffic they receive. If you have a rug that receives a lot more traffic on one side than the other, such as one side is against a couch, rotate your rug 180 degrees. This will keep one side of your rug from getting worn out while the other looks great, and make your rugs last twice as long. You can also have multiple rugs and “rest” your rugs by switching them out a few times a year.
Vacuuming your rug will extend the life and beauty of your rug significantly. Vacuuming every 1-2 weeks is ideal, more often for high 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.
Get Your Rugs Cleaned
One of the best ways to preserve the life of your rugs is to get them cleaned regularly. Think about it. Dirt and other fibers build up in the fibers of your rug. These particles act like sandpaper, sawing away at your carpet fibers and ruining your rugs. Vacuuming regularly does help, the best way to completely remove contaminants is to get your rug professionally cleaned.
Avoid the Sun
Did you know that the sun can cause your rug to fade, losing the beautiful colors and patterns? You may think that your rugs don’t get any sun exposure inside your house, but consider your windows. In order to limit your rug’s exposure to direct sunlight, place them out of the sun’s path through the window, if possible. If you can’t avoid the sun when placing your rugs, just be sure to keep the blinds closed when the room is not in use.
Rugs will “shed” and lose fibers over time. In the beginning, your rugs will likely shed a lot and then it will calm down. To combat this, vacuum your rug 1-2 times a week initially. For looped rugs, you don’t want to make the shedding worse, so don’t pull on stray loops. Instead, cut them back to size.
Protect Your Rug From Furniture
You might not think about this, but your furniture’s feet can damage the delicate fibers of your rugs. To prevent this, use protectors on the feet of furniture to prevent large divots or damage to the pile. This will spread out the pressure from the furniture’s weight and cause less damage. Also, ensure that furniture legs are clean before placing them on the rug. If furniture has been stored outside or somewhere dusty, placing the dirty legs on the rug can permanently stain them.
Remove Pet Hair
If you have a pet, you know how dirty pet hair can make a rug look. There are a few ways you can handle this fur build-up. One option is to get a robot vacuum that will ruin a few times every day and stay on top of the shedding. This is expensive, so luckily there are a lot of other tools that will work. These tools include a carpet brush, carpet rake, or standard squeegee tool. Just run them over the carpet and they will pick up the hair for you.
Treat Stains and Spills
This seems like a no brainer, but one of the best ways to keep your rugs looking good is to quickly treat stains and spills. As soon as a spill occurs, blot it up using a clean, damp 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 spoon. As the spill dries, vacuum it up.
It’s not hard to keep your rugs looking good, it just takes a little bit of maintainence!