Besides being very annoying, rugs that slip and move around can cause accidents and pose a serious threat to your safety as well as that of others living in your apartment, especially if you have pets and little kids. Not to worry. The truth is, most rug materials tend to move around on tiles, hardwood, marble floor, or in areas with high traffic if not well padded or held down by furniture.
Investing in a large area rug is a fairly big decision.
You have to not only love the design—it also needs to check all the functional boxes such as provide longevity, durability, and be able to be ridden hard.
And just like the smell of a new car, a rug’s appearance can fade rapidly if you don’t take care of it. Maintaining a rug’s beauty goes hand in hand with extending its lifespan. So like it or not, it’s worth it to invest in some cleaning supplies and carve out a little time to work on its appearance.
It might be easier than you think.
Here are 8 ways to keep your area rugs looking new.
No Shoe Policy
Let’s say you really, really want to be a stickler about maintaining the quality of your rug. The best solution? Keep those nasty shoes off of it.
Some families insist that guests take their shoes off at the door, which is one way to avoid shoe sole to carpet contact. Another idea is to place your best rugs in low traffic rooms to avoid the trampling of busy feet.
If you do want a rug that can handle some wear and tear, say in the kitchen area, look to beautiful designs like this Trellis Rug that was crafted to keep its luster.
We know, we know, no one likes vacuuming. Ok, there are a few of you, but for the rest of us, pulling out the Hoover is a drag. But let us tell you why it’s worth it: a good weekly vacuum can prevent build-up from happening on an area rug, and keep it looking new. Leave that gunk on there and it can do lasting damage.
And when the vacuum isn’t enough, take a page out of the Scandinavians book and beat your rug outside.
Address Stains Immediately
If someone spills something on your rug just before you’re getting ready to head up to bed, it can be tempting to just clean it up later.
However, by addressing stains immediately, they have less chance, of, well, staining. The longer a liquid or nasty solid sits, the more time it has to embed itself into a rug. By attacking it within seconds of the stain, you increase your chances of making it vanish altogether.
Embrace Spring and Fall Cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t just a cute saying. It’s an opportunity to truly dive into the task of home hygiene by taking the typical polish up a notch.
Instead of merely vacuuming, lift up area rugs and clean beneath them as well to ensure there’s nothing below them threatening their lifespan. Break out the store-bought carpet cleaner chemicals for a fuller clean as well. Then let your rugs fully dry before returning them to their rooms.
Replace Vacuum Filter Bags Often
You might think you’re getting a good clean with your vacuum, but if you’re not changing your filter bags regularly, it might not be sucking up very much dirt at all. Changing them out will ensure that you get the full suction power and remove all the dirt.
Invest in Rug Pads
Carpets don’t just fall victim to spills. Wear and tear can actually pull the vulnerable weave apart.
One way to protect rugs from this is to place protective rug pads beneath them. This will add some cushion and separate them from surfaces, like loose wood floorboards, that could pull and tug them apart. It’s also a good way to prevent slippage and keep you safe as well.
Rotate Area Rugs
Do you flip your mattress to ensure it doesn’t get too lumpy or flat in some areas?
The same logic applies to area rugs.
If you want to avoid things like sun damage or strain on certain sections of your rug, rotate it by spinning it or swapping it with another area rug once in a while. This will extend its life while also giving you a fresh look in your home whenever you feel the need for an update. For instance these complimentary rugs, Multi-Colored Modern Bohemian Distressed Area Rug and Elegant Distressed Ivory Oriental Area Rug could easily live in the same room and be swapped for each other whenever the time is right.
Call the Professionals
Calling in the professionals, when it comes to rug cleaning, is nothing to be ashamed of. Rug cleaners know exactly what they’re doing and how to get the most out of your area rug in order to make it look brand new.
When you’ve got a rug that needs some love, has a stain, or is just beginning to show its age, turn to rug professionals to perk it up. Prices will vary depending on size and fabric, so shop around to find a vendor who can work with your budget and your rug goals.
Keeping your area rugs looking clean, new, and beautiful doesn’t have to be a full-time job. With some regular maintenance and occasional deep cleaning, your rugs can keep your home looking lovely for years.