Rugs are an investment. Even when you buy them to cover and protect the flooring in a high traffic area, you still want the rugs to look nice too. Rugs can wear out quickly when they are walked on all day every day, but they don’t have to. We’re rug cleaning experts and today we’re spilling all of our best rug maintenance tips.
Start with the Right Rug
If you’re reading this, you probably already have a rug you’d like to protect. If you haven’t gotten a rug yet though, you’re in the perfect position. The rug that you choose will make a huge difference in how long it will last and how good it will look throughout the years. Choosing a darker colored rug will hide dirt and other debris, and a small pattern will disguise that even better. You also want to choose a material that is durable so it will hold up to everyday care. Nylon and wool rugs are good, durable choices. Silk and other lighter materials, while beautiful, are not a great choice for rugs that will be regularly used.
Utilize Entry Mats
One of the best ways to protect your rugs from dirt and moisture is to reduce the amount that enters your home. One of the easy ways to do this is to use entry mats at all entrances into your home. Encourage your family and guests to wipe off their shoes before entering your home. You can take it one step further by asking that everyone remove their shoes before entering your home, but that doesn’t work for all families.
Dirt and dust settle into the fibers of rugs and then act as tiny sandpaper, sawing away at the fibers and backing of your rugs. Thus, vacuuming is essential to remove this buildup before it becomes a problem. The more traffic an area endures, the more often it should be vacuumed. This may even mean vacuuming daily in order to keep dirt and soil to a minimum in the most commonly used rooms. If you don’t have time for this, you might consider getting an automatic vacuum and following up with a more heavy-duty vacuum once a week or so.
Rotate Your Rugs
One of the secrets of rug care is to rotate your rugs. This is especially useful if one end of your rug is up against a piece of furniture and gets walked on a lot more than the other side. If you can, remove all of the furniture off of the rug and turn it 180 degrees. Replace all of the furniture, and you’ve effectively doubled the life of your rug by spreading out the areas that receive damage.
If you find that you have furniture divots on the end of the rug from furniture feet after rotating, just place an ice cube in the divot and let it melt. The moisture will help the fibers swell back up. Once the area has dried, fluff it back up with your fingers.
Treat Stains and Spills Quickly
Rugs are often on the receiving end of spills and spots. These are treatable, but it’s easier if you take action immediately after it occurs. Use a damp white rag to gently blot at spills; scrubbing will only make the stain worse. If you can’t remove the stain on your own, it’s a good idea to call in cleaning professionals to help you out.
It certainly is possible to keep rugs looking great, it just requires a little bit of work. Having a clean, beautiful home is worth the effort, however (not to mention the savings in not having to replace rugs often!).