Area rugs are a great investment for your home. They bring warmth, vibe and color to your designs and can even be the focal point of a room. That brings us to our next point.
You want to protect and care for your rug, and since an area rug is still a type of flooring, you should treat it just like carpet and have it professionally cleaned and maintained regularly.
In addition, here are a few steps that you can personally take to ensure a long life for your rug and help it age gracefully and naturally.
Vacuum! Vacuum! Vacuum!
We can’t emphasize this enough for maintaining your floors. A regular vacuuming schedule will go a long way towards lengthening the life of your rug.
Note: Be careful to not go over the fringed edges with the vacuum, as they could get pulled apart.
Don’t Wear It Wrong
As your rug ages, it will begin to show wear. For proper wear, turn it 180 degrees every few months to a year. This is important so that all parts of your rug are evenly exposed to foot traffic.
A second important factor to consider is color loss. Sun exposure, over time, plays a huge role in color loss on your rug. It is also vital that all parts of your rug are evenly exposed to light so that the colors in the pile evenly fade.
Padding is essential for hardwood floors and is even important for carpeted areas underneath an area rug. Not only is it safer, but it will also protect the value of your rug. Call one of Redding’s area rug retailers to get more information and to help you choose the proper padding that should be placed under your area rug.
Packing a Rug
Remember to vacuum your rug before storing it for a long period of time without exposure to light or air. Place mothballs in the center of the rug to keep insects away and roll it up opposite side of the nap (pile on inside and backing facing out). Place it in a safe, dry location.
If at all possible, avoid spilling anything, including water on the rug. If a spill does occur, blot it immediately with a dry white towel. Do Not Use any store-bought carpet cleaners on your area rug. If you have a dry stain, please call Preferred Carpet Care to treat the stain, as cleaning it may cause further damage.
Warning: Pet stains are permanent on wool rugs. Wool is a delicate fiber and urine stain and odor removal is not possible as it could damage your rug even further.
Although Preferred Carpet Care offers a professional dust removal service, it is a great idea for you to periodically dust your rugs the old fashioned way — by using a stick to beat the dirt out of the backing. This will ensure your rugs age well and last longer.
Finally, it is vital to clean your area rugs professionally, so call Preferred Carpet Care for a free phone estimate or schedule an appointment today!