Area rugs are beautiful works of art. If you had an expensive painting that got scratched, you wouldn’t just leave it, you’d find someone to repair it and take care of it. The same goes for your rug. Yes, this particular piece of art is meant to endure a certain amount of wear and tear (so don’t try to protect it from normal traffic) but by all means don’t neglect it either. Cleaning and maintenance for your area rug is highly important to prolong its life.
Area Rug Maintenance
- Rotate your rug – One best practice for area rugs is frequent (annual) rotation. Depending on how you have your rug placed, some areas may see a lot more traffic or sunlight than others. To even out the wear and tear and avoid over-fading, rotate your rug yearly.
- Protect with padding – Some rugs require extra padding to be placed beneath it to stabilize and protect it. Check with your retailer to see if your rug will benefit from this extra support.
- Safely store – Before sending your rug into storage, vacuum it thoroughly or get it professionally cleaned. When storing your area rug, never fold it — always roll it. Ensure that it’s stored in a dry location. Packing it with mothballs is a good precaution against insect damage if your rug is made from natural fibers.
Cleaning Your Area Rug
- Vacuum frequently – Vacuuming your area rug is just as important as vacuuming your wall-to-wall carpeting to remove dirt, dust, dander and whatever else may be sinking into its fibers. Handmade area rugs often allow for dirt to filter through it, so lift up your rug and be sure to vacuum underneath too! Just make sure to avoid sucking up any fringe with your vacuum!
- Damage control – If something spills on your rug, the quicker you act, the safer your rug will be. Even just a water spill should be dried quickly using paper towels and a hair dryer. Don’t forget to dry the underside also. With other stains and spills blot up what you can immediately, then consult a professional for further stain removal steps. Trying to clean it yourself could make it worse.
- Regular cleaning – When the time comes, most area rugs should be professionally cleaned, especially if it’s handmade. If it’s a machine-made rug, check the label for cleaning instructions.
If your area rug is in need of some tender loving care, give Morris Carpet Cleaning a call for a professional cleaning. We can pick-up, clean, and deliver it to your house or you can take advantage of our cash and carry discount (20% off) by dropping off and picking up at our facility.