Maybe you just bought a new rug and want to keep it looking great forever! Or maybe you’ve had your rug for years and are wondering how to take care of it now that it’s starting to get some wear and tear. Whatever your case, our rug experts are here to share the best tips to keep all your rugs in great shape!
- Read the Tag
Don’t just snip off the care tag! Be sure to read it and note any special care instructions for your rug. All rugs are different. Some smaller rugs can be washed in your washing machine, while others will have specific spot treatment instructions. Make sure you read and understand the care tag on your rug!
- Rotate Your Rug Regularly
This is a basic tip, but one that a lot of people don’t know about. In order to evenly distribute the foot traffic on your rug, you should rotate it every few months. If your rug is a rectangle, rotate it 180 degrees. If it’s a circle or square, rotate it 90 degrees. This is especially important if part of your rug is against furniture while the other side isn’t, as it will keep one side from getting overused.
- Schedule Regular Professional Cleanings
Even if you vacuum regularly, tiny particles of dirt and dust get left behind and sink deep into your rug. These tiny particles can actually damage your rug fibers, in addition to being gross. Luckily, a professional rug cleaner will be able to remove hidden dirt, as well as sanitize your rug. Plan on a professional cleaning 1-2 times a year.
- Avoid the Sun
Only outdoor rugs should be used outdoors. However, you still need to worry about your indoor rug’s exposure to sunlight. Even sunlight through a window can cause fading. To prevent this, keep your blinds closed when the room is not in use.
- Manage Shedding
Brand new rugs will often experience shedding, which is when fibers that weren’t completely attached fall off. Don’t panic about this, and also don’t pull at any loose strands. Vacuuming often initially will keep the stray fibers under control.
- Protect Your Rug From Furniture
The feet of your furniture, especially heavy furniture, can cause divots and damage to the rug underneath. Use protectors on the feet of furniture to prevent this damage.
- Vacuum Regularly
Regular vacuuming, about 1-2 times a week, will keep your rug clean. 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.
- Take Care of Pet Fur
If you have a pet, you might experience shedding. The loose fur can easily get caught in the fibers of your rug, making a big mess. Luckily, there are a few tools that make removing pet fur from carpets and rugs a breeze. These include a carpet brush, carpet rake, or standard squeegee tool. Run your tool of choice over the rug once a week (or more if you have especially hairy pets) to remove pet hair.
- Treat Stains Right Away
If you happen to spill something on your rug, don’t panic! Just treat it right away before it has a chance to set. Quickly blot up the spill using a clean cloth. Do not rub the stain, as this can press the spill further into the fibers and increase the likelihood that it may stain. Vacuum the area when you are done.