How To Prepare For A New Rug

Congratulations! You have a new addition on the way. Having a new rug on the way can be very exciting, but there are a number of things that can prevent your delivery from going smoothly. To make sure everything goes well, take the time to properly prepare for the arrival of your new rug and learn several common pitfalls.

It is our goal at PlushRugs to educate our buyers on what to expect during the ownership of your rug, from the moment the packaging is ripped open in anticipation, through the many years of enjoyment to come. Of course, there will always be spills and accidents, but, with the proper preparation, you can extend the lifespan of your new purchase significantly. Read on and you will get the vital tips from Plush Rug on what to really expect when you are expecting a new rug.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

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Whether you’ve splurged on an intricately woven piece of handmade craftsmanship or opted for an affordable machine-made rug, your new rug is an investment, and, like any other valued element of your home, you want to be certain it lasts. Before your delivery date, be sure to clean the floor where the new rug will be placed. It may sound like a no-brainer, but many people forget or put off the task until the last possible second. Don’t have the sudden realization that you need to clean when the doorbell rings.

If you’re replacing an old rug, be sure to remove it prior to the arrival of your new rug. This allows you plenty of time to dust and vacuum the area where the rug is going to be placed. Also, make sure to set aside any furniture that will be in the way prior to your rug’s delivery. That way you can happily unwrap your new rug and welcome it into your home with less stress.

Your Rug’s Delivery

Rug pads

You’ve been waiting and planning. Finally, the big day is here! Your rug has arrived. Now, it’s time for the big unveil. Hopefully, you’ve cleaned and vacuumed the area and moved anything that is going to get in the way. Then, finally, remove all the packaging to see your new addition.

Before putting the rug down, remember to place your rug pad. Rug pads are a flooring essential whether the rug is going on top of carpet or bare floor. Pads prevent slippage and actually prolong the life of your rug. They also create a comfier feel and protect the floor underneath. There are several kinds of rug pads and some can only be used on certain flooring. If you’re still shopping for a new rug, there are many styles on that include a free rug pad.

Once your rug is down, you should notice a new rug smell. Think of it as a new car smell but in your home. The odor comes from the rug being sealed in packaging for the journey to its new residence. Most odors will be gone within a week. If the smell is a problem for you, open the windows to help move the process along.

Unrolling Your New Rug

Woven Rug Carpet Textiles Handmade

The best way to store or ship a rug is by rolling it. Folding a rug can cause permanent damage, so, once the packaging is off, you will have to unroll the rug. Save the packaging initially until you make sure you like your new addition and there are no noticeable defects.

After unpackaging your rug, place it on the floor with the open end in front of you. Kneel on the floor and slowly push the rug to unroll it. If you want to keep your new baby clean, remove your shoes and make sure your clothes don’t have anything on them that might stain the rug.

If you decide to move or change rugs for particular seasons, remember to roll your rug back up. It’s always prudent to clean your area rugs before storing to prevent problems from worsening. Never store rugs while wet if you opt to spot clean stains. Allow them to air dry if possible, and always vacuum any rug before rolling it up.

Rugs should be rolled with the pile side facing inwards. Begin to slowly roll, keeping the edging of your rug straight. Once done, secure the rug with string or cotton tape. Adding a piece of muslin underneath before rolling can help protect the rug from dirt and dust while wrapping it in plastic aides in storage protection. Never store items on top of a rolled rug. If you’re moving, don’t place boxes on top of it either.

Flattening Your Rug Out

MTK606B from Montauk by Safavieh

Just like any other addition to your home, there will be an adjustment period. The most common issue with many area rugs is getting it to lay flat. Rugs are almost always stored and transported in a rolled position, which means yours may have been tightly wound for a while. Expect your new rug to have curling corners when first unrolled. Typically, gravity does its thing and your rug flattens out on its own within a week or two. However, if you want to help the process along, here are a few quick tips.

  • Place furniture or books on the areas with creases. Leave them in place for a few days.
  • Roll up the carpet and then unroll it with the backing side facing up. It will look funky, but eventually, you can flip it over and it should lay flat.
  • If the rug in question is smaller than your bed, you can try placing it between your mattress and box spring. Make sure the rug is flat before you place the mattress back. Leave it for a week before taking a peek.
  • Lightly wet the curling corners with a steam cleaner or a moist sponge. This DIY tip works because water loosens the tight fibers, letting the rug lay flat. Once the affected area air dries, it should flatten out. Be careful, though, some rug materials, such as Jute, need to be kept from moisture.
  • Some do-it-yourselfers suggest ironing the impacted areas to flatten the rug out. This should be a last resort since too much heat can burn your new rug, creating permanent damage. First, moisten the curling areas with a wet towel. Then, place the iron on low heat and iron the area with a towel covering the rug. Always use a low heat setting and don’t leave the iron on the spot for too long.

Rug Wear and Tear

MAD611B from Madison by Safavieh

Now, that your rug is in its place and looking fabulous. You want to keep it that way. We’ve already mentioned rug pads, but they really do help to prolong the life of your rug. If you didn’t invest in a rug pad at the time of purchase, it’s not too late.

Sunlight isn’t a rug’s best friend because it can cause fading over time. It’s recommended to rotate your rug every three to six months to help prevent noticeable fading. This practice will also fend off wear from repetitive foot traffic.

Vacuuming is a must to keep your rug clean, but certain types of vacuums can end up harming your rug. High-powered vacuums may be awesome at sucking up the dirt, but they can also dislodge rug threads, causing unwanted sprouts. The beater bar or spinning bar at the front of most vacuums can yank out fibers or cause the rug to develop a fuzzy face. These can be avoided by using vacuums without beater bars or by utilizing the vacuum’s attachments. Brooms and sweepers are a perfect pick for a gentle rug clean as is the old fashioned take it outside for a hard shake or a dust beating. Vacuums are fringe eaters so, if your rug has fringes, always use the attachment to clean.

Taking Care of Your New Rug

Caring for a Hand-tufted rug


Find the correct way to take care of your rug can be difficult. There are a variety of materials that all require different forms of care. Fortunately, we’ve made a simple reference for some of the most common rug materials.

  • Wool

Wool rugs are the industry leader for a reason. These high-quality rugs are incredibly soft and often in families for years. One noteworthy characteristic about wool rugs is that they shed. The shedding is often excessive in the first few months before it tapers off as excess loose fibers are knocked loose. Vacuuming your wool rug once a week will keep the shedding in check.

  • Polypropylene

Polypropylene is a top pick for anyone with pets, children or a budget. They’re easy to maintain, easy to clean and often last for long periods of time. Vacuuming is essential while taking care of a polypropylene rug. They don’t stain easily but can be spot cleaned if necessary with cold water and liquid dish detergent.

  • Polyester

Polyester is one of the least expensive rug fibers, offering up both stain and fade resistance. However, they do fall prey to crushing and matting under heavy use. Rotating your polyester rugs on a regular basis can help prevent this as well as placing polyester rugs in low traffic areas. Regular vacuuming is a must. If a stain does form, spot clean immediately.

  • Viscose

Viscose feels as luxurious as silk without the high price tag. Clean your viscose rug regularly with a carpet sweeper rather than a vacuum. If you must use a vacuum, utilize the lowest setting and use the hand-held attachments. Beater bars are a major no-no for viscose rugs as are high-powered vacuums. Viscose rugs love cool, dry areas and aren’t partial to high heat. If stains do pop up, spot clean with cold water and a mild cleanser. Don’t soak the rug because viscose is a very absorbent material.

  • Natural fiber

Natural fiber rugs fashioned from jute, sisal, and seagrass are all the rage because they’re organic and sustainably made. They also look fantastic. Regular vacuuming is essential in keeping these rugs in amazing shape. Natural fiber rugs and excessive moisture do not mix. If you do get a stain, try gently blotting with a simple cleaning solution of two quarts warm water, a teaspoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of mild detergent.

Congrats again on the new addition to your home. You and your rug are about to embark on a long, happy journey together. Plush Rugs is always here to help. So, if you have any other rug care questions, please email us or give us a call.


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