9 easy rug maintenance tips If you have an area rug, you probably made a large investment and enjoy the look of your beautiful rug. You don’t want your rug to get worn out or look dirty. After all area rugs are an important part of any room they’re in. A dirty area room can make an otherwise clean room seem dirty and unkempt. How do you avoid that? Follow these easy tips!

Know your Rug

In order to take care of your rug, you need to the basics of your rugs. Know what kind of yarn, what kind of backing, and any special instructions from the manufacturer. Be sure to follow these instructions when cleaning your rug. If it says dry clean only, it means dry clean only, even if it’s small enough to fit in your washing machine. 

Rotate Your Rug

Think about for a second: you probably walk on some areas of your rug more often than others, such as in front of furniture. These areas tend to wear out faster, prematurely ruining your rug. One way to prevent this is to rotate your rug so that you distribute the areas you walk on more evenly. 

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. Be sure to choose a company with professional rug cleaning expertise so you can trust them with your rug.

Avoid the Sun

Sunlight can damage or fade that colors in your rugs, so keep your rugs away from direct light. Do not use rugs outside if they aren’t specifically outdoor rugs. Also, consider that sunlight enters your home through your windows. Try to keep rugs out of sunlight even through the window. If that’s not possible, try to keep the blinds closed when the room isn’t in use. 

Manage Shedding

New rugs tend to “shed” the fibers that may not have been completely attached during the manufacturing process. This isn’t harmful to your rug, but it doesn’t look good to have a lot of loose fibers around your rug. Vacuum every few days until the shedding stops. Do not pull on stray loops, always cut them back to size.

Protect Your Rug From Furniture

Use protectors on the feet of furniture to prevent large divots or damage to the pile. Ensure that furniture legs are clean before placing them on the rug.

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 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.

Removing Pet Hair

If you have a furry pet, you have probably noticed that pet hair embeds itself in the fibers of your rug. 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. Just be sure to be gentle so you don’t tear at the rug fibers. 

Stain and Spill Triage

Everyone spills things occasionally. These spills can stain your rug if you don’t treat them quickly. Blot up the spill using a clean cloth. Do not rub, 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 take care of your area rugs, they will last you a long time an enrich your home. It’s easy to take care of rugs, it just takes effort.