After shopping online and finding the perfect rug for your home, the last thing you want to do is for it to dull and deteriorate prematurely because you didn’t take care of it properly. A little TLC can go a long way. Ensure the longevity of your rug for years to come by learning the biggest mistakes you can make when caring for your area rug by following these tips.
Using a rug pad can dramatically increase the lifespan of a rug. This little piece of material does much more than one would think. It buffers the rug from wear, prevents slipping, and allows space needed to breathe.
Vacuum at least once a week keeps dirt from building up. This also goes for vacuuming the underside of your rug, too, which should be done every couple of months. Vacuuming is the easiest way to keep it clean and fresh.
Vaccuming can only do so much, so every year, give your area rug a deep clean to flush out dirt and grime, restoring its luster. Professional cleaners are preferred, but if you’re going to clean it yourself, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Rugs placed in direct sunlight will dull and fade its colors. You can either choose to put the rug in another area of your home, or close curtains and shades during peak daylight hours to slow the damage. Select windows with a Lo-E coating, which can also help reduce the fading.
Area rugs, especially ones enduring heavy traffic, need to be rotated at least once a year. You won’t notice right away, but over time, it’s apparent why this needs to be done–one side will have much greater wear, causing it to appear uneven.
Don’t let dirt build up around your home. Keep the mess from reaching your area rug by placing a doormat by the entrance and regularly cleaning your floors.
Don’t let stains set. Spot clean spills as soon as possible, and seek professional cleaning help for more challenging spills. If you can’t get the rug to the pros right away, call to get details of what to do, or look online to see what you should do in the meantime.
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