So you finally got that area rug that you’ve been eyeing for months and it fits your room perfectly. The only thing you can wish for right now is for it to look as good as it does now for years and years. Well, if you follow guidelines, your prized area rug will surely last you a really long time.
If you want to extend the life of your rug, then you should know that frequent vacuuming is a requirement. You see, dirt and dust that gets inside your home every single day can accumulate and settle into the fibres of the rug – especially so if it’s in a high-traffic area. But you have to do it carefully and it’s better to use a high-quality vacuum cleaner as well because they can also loosen or tear the rug fibres as well. Use the attachments that come with your vacuum as they are gentler. If you don’t have a problem doing it manually, you can also try a carpet sweeper.
Address Spills Immediately
The fibres of your area rug or carpet act like wick and will pull up spills to the top of the pile fast. If you allow the spill to dry, the stain can be permanent. Of course, the specific cleaning process depends on the type of rug as well as the kind of stain, but these methods are proven effective for most types of rugs:
- With a dry cloth, blot the stain instead of rubbing it in
- Spray the stain with water and blot with dry cloth again
- Repeat the process until you get the stain out
You can also ask your flooring experts at Tony’s Flooring Centre for tips on how you can remove the stain on the specific type of rug you have.
Rotate the Rug
It’s advisable that you rotate your rug 180 degrees at least once or twice a year to prevent certain areas from fading or wearing more than the others.
Use a Rug Pad
Using a rug pad can extend the life of your area rug because it can act as a buffer between the hard surface and the rug itself, thus preventing the fibres from getting crushed too much. You can also minimize rug wear this way as the pad will serve as a cushion. It will help keep your rug from slipping on your floor’s hard surface, too.
If you follow these simple tips, you can be sure that you’ll get to enjoy years with your area rug looking as beautiful as it did when you bought it.
Looking for an area rug to liven up your space or to replace an old one? We have an amazing selection for you at Tony’s Flooring Centre!