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rugs in high traffic

Many people choose to cover high traffic areas of their carpet with throw rugs to protect the look of the carpet.  However, maintaining the rugs in heavy foot traffic can be difficult.  While it may seem an impossible task, there are actually some great tips for keeping your rugs looking their best.  With the proper care and attention, you can maintain the look of your rugs even in those high traffic areas.

Choose the Right Materials

There is more to choosing a rug than picking the right color.  You want to choose a material that is durable and long lasting.  Especially in high traffic areas, the type of rug you choose can make a huge difference in how long it will last.  Let’s talk about our rug choices and decide which will offer a durable material that can withstand heavy traffic.


Best Rug Types for High Traffic Areas

  • Wool
  • Synthetics (Nylon, Viscose, etc.)

These days, synthetic rugs are probably the most common and most versatile and they can work great for high traffic areas – especially if you seek out ones that are made especially for that purpose. Unfortunately, you’ll often need to substitute comfort in your quest for durability when it comes to synthetics and woven rugs.

The better option is a wool rug because it is prized for its durability and softness. Wool is durable yet soft and doesn’t stain as quickly as other carpets. The downsides to be aware of are possible fading and it’s knack for absorbing moisture in the air (not great in very humid places).


Best Rug Types for Low Traffic Areas

  • Silk
  • Cotton
  • Animal Hide
  • Woven (Seagrass, Sisal, etc.)

If you have spots in your home that isn’t constantly walked over, you may opt for fancier decorating rugs. Leathers, furs, cotton, and silks can be incredibly inviting but won’t stand up to heavy foot traffic. Plus, they’re harder to clean (you’ll definitely need experts). Seagrass and the like can absorb moisture and quickly deteriorate.


Protect Your Rugs Ahead of Time

One of the best ways to protect your rugs is to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enters the home.  Using walk-off mats at your entryways will help to eliminate much of the dirt that gets tracked in on your shoes.  This simple precautionary method can be a very effective way to keep your rugs clean. If possible, you might even consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep any soil from coming into the home.  Above all, have professional stain protectant applied to your rugs to make cleanup much easier.

Vacuum Often

Frequent vacuuming is an essential part of caring for your rugs and carpet, especially in high traffic areas.  Vacuuming helps to remove dirt before it actually settles into the fibers. 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.

Be Quick to Erase Foot Tracks and Spills

Areas that are subject to a lot of traffic are also more likely to experience spills, accidents, and muddy prints.  When this happens, be ready to take quick action in cleaning the area.  Apply stain remover and/or dab up what you can without spreading the stain.  The sooner you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain.

Keeping rugs and carpets clean in high traffic areas requires routine maintenance and efficient cleaning methods.  Choose your rug wisely and maintain them with the proper care.  If at any point, your rugs seem to lose their original beauty, allow the pros at Great American Chem-Dry to restore the colors and vibrancy. We are trained to clean virtually all types of rugs, from Oriental and Persian, to common synthetics. You can learn about our cleaning process here.