Preserving the Life of Your Rugs and Carpets

Having rugs and carpets in your home is an investment. Depending on the material you choose for your rugs and carpets, they can be quite expensive. Proper care and maintenance are essential factors in preserving the lifespan of the rugs and carpets within your home.

Preserving the Carpet in Your Home

There are many great ways to preserve the life of the carpets in your home. 

  • Using area rugs in high traffic areas is a quick, easy and cheap way to prevent excessive wear to the carpet. There are many different area rugs that fit perfectly over the carpet and blend well.
  • One common mistake homeowners make when cleaning a carpet is the use of carpet freshening powders. Although they smell wonderful, they can be very harmful to your carpets, even if you vacuum the carpets right after applying the powder. 
  • It brings me to my next point of regularly vacuuming carpets. Dirt and debris build up over time on the carpet wearing down the fibers that make vacuuming essential to preserving the life of a carpet. 
  • Lastly, you should have all your carpets professionally cleaned at least twice a year. A good deep cleaning is a must to extending the life of your carpets and rugs.

Know the Materials in Your Carpets and Rugs

The materials your carpets and rugs are made of will determine the best method for cleaning, maintaining and extending their life. Some materials are stain resistant, some are harder to keep clean. Stain resistant carpets are cleaned with just water and a towel while others require chemicals and equipment to maintain. Not all materials acquire stain resistant qualities just as not all materials can be cleaned the same way. Knowing the texture, weight, pile, and density of your carpet will make it easier to find a professional carpet cleaner or product to help with maintaining your carpets and rugs.

Keep Dirt from Coming into the Home

Many cultures insist on removing your shoes before entering a home. Although their reasons may be religion-based, the intent has the same effect. Taking your shoes off as you enter the home prevents dirt, dust, and allergens from being tracked into the home. Place a shoe mat at the door to encourage guests to remove their shoes as they enter your home Having a doormat at the entrance of your home is a great way to stop excess dirt being tracked into your home. Every couple of days, clean the mat to prevent the buildup of debris that will defeat the purpose of having a doormat in the first place. Shoes with rubber soles will wear down carpet much more quickly than soft sole shoes. Lastly, prevent messes before they happen by not allowing food or beverages into rooms where the carpet is present as well as making sure that pets are house trained to prevent accidents that could possibly ruin the carpet.

There are several ways you can easily protect the carpets/rugs in your home. While when all the methods are used together, you create an alternative that will help your carpets and rugs last throughout the life in your house.

The 10 Commandments For Rug Owners

You found the perfect rug, you took it home, and built your décor around it, and it works perfectly in your space. So what comes next? It’s time to make sure it stays in great shape so you can enjoy it for many years to come. Rugs don’t require extensive care to keep them clean. These simple care tips will save you time and money when it comes to caring for your rug.

1. Clean Your Shoes

If you wear shoes inside your home, add an entry rug to keep most of the dirt away from your rugs. This will make cleaning the rugs easier and prevent more serious stains. In fact, considering all of the nasty bugs you may be dragging in, you should probably just opt to remove your shoes altogether before entering your home.

2. Vacuum Your Rugs

Make sure to vacuum your rug once a week to remove dirt and dust, and avoid using the vacuum beater bar. Many modern vacuums have a rug mode that will keep it clean without damaging it.

3. Be Careful With Spills

Spills are among the worst things that can happen to a rug. Some materials, like synthetic fibers, are more resistant to stains because they are less absorbent. These fibers are best in places where spills might be more common, such as a kitchen or a dining room.

4. If A Spill Happens, Act Right Away.

Don’t let the stain dry. Use an absorbent paper towel starting from the edges of the spill to prevent the liquid from spreading, and then use warm water to clean the stain. There are also commercial products and homemade recipes to treat stains, but these will depend on the materials of the rug.

If you wash the rug, make sure to dry it thoroughly before putting it back inside the room. Dry it laying flat on a large surface, and avoid hanging it from the middle, as this can damage the fibers. Once the rug is dry, vacuum it again.

5. Use Cleaning Products Carefully

Before applying commercial products to clean your rug, make sure they’re appropriate for its fibers. Check your rug’s tag, if it has any, and follow the cleaning product’s instructions. And be sure to avoid any of these common cleaning mistakes.

6. Be Resourceful

A quick way to clean a stain is to mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in 1 cup of cold water. Apply this to the stain, rinse, and let it dry fully.

7. Be Gentle With Your Rug

Be mindful of small things that could cause short or long-term damage to the rug. For example, consider placing your heaviest furniture outside of the rug, and distribute your rugs depending on how sturdy the materials are and how much foot traffic they receive.

Delicate silk rugs will not thrive as entry rugs. For this particular use, you’ll be better off choosing a more durable material like bamboo.

8. You Will Not Expose Your Rug To Prolonged, Direct Sunlight

If there are spots of direct sunlight in your room for many hours every day, placing a rug in that spot will only cause faded colors and weaker fibers. Consider using thicker curtains, using plants to cover some of the direct sunlight, or even rearranging the furniture to avoid exposing your décor.

9. You Will Store Your Rug Properly

If you’re putting your rug in storage, clean it thoroughly and keep it covered. Avoid using plastic if the climate is too hot and humid; use canvas instead.

10. You Will Ask For Help

Manufacturer and professional rug cleaners will be happy to help if you have any doubt about how to care for your rug properly. Also, it’s a good idea to schedule a deep clean for your rug once a year.

As you can see, all it takes to keep a rug in good shape is to prevent damage with a few simple steps. This way, you make sure you won’t need to replace your rugs for many years.

4 Tips To Keep Your Area Rug In Top Form

You’ve found the perfect rug: the design complements your decor perfectly, it’s just the right size, and it’s within your budget. You want to keep such an investment in the best possible conditions for a long time, right? Taking proper care of your rug is important to keep it looking its best. A worn-down, dirty rug could transform a cozy room into an unwelcoming, uncomfortable place. Fortunately, rugs are easy to care for. Keep in mind the following tips and keep your rugs in great shape for many years to come.

Routine Cleaning

There are a few ways to keep your rug clean. You can take off grime and dirt with carpet sweeper or a brush, or you can take them outside and shake them. If you vacuum your carpet make sure it doesn’t have a beater bar, which can damage the rug. Similarly, your vacuum may have a rug setting that prevents the beaters from working and degrading the material. Clean your rugs every three to four weeks, depending on the traffic of the room. Since vacuums might miss hair (human as well as pet hair), you might want to brush the rug regularly in the same direction as the tread to remove the hairs. Also, it’s a good idea to use pads underneath the rugs to prevent color transfer, slipping, and possible damage to the floors.


It’s normal for synthetic and wool pile rugs to shed, or lose short fibers over time. This fluff results from the cutting of the pile to a certain height during the production process. Depending on the materials and their quality and age, pile height, and density, some might shed more than others. Some rugs sprout from the over-twisting of the yarns. This twisting gives the rug its desired texture, but sometimes a yarn tuft sprouts above the surface. This is also a common problem, but just cutting the sprout can solve it. However, don’t pull on it, as it can damage the rug.

Specialty Care

For some rugs, basic care might fall short eventually. Make sure you keep the tags on your area rug or file them for future reference. If your area rugs don’t come with care instruction, you can follow some universal cleaning methods by clicking here.

Deep Cleaning

To keep your area rug in the best condition, you’ll also need to deep clean it once a year. Read the label for instruction on how to clean your rug. If you don’t have the instructions, you can test commercial cleaning products on a small section of your rug. Do make sure the product is appropriate for the material of your rug. To do this, place the wet carpet over a flat surface, clean it with the product, rinse and let it dry, and vacuum after it’s dried.

Keeping your area rugs in top form is simple, and it can save you money in the long term since it prevents damage to the rug. You can keep it looking great for years by cleaning it regularly, following the instructions on the tag, and scheduling a deep clean every year.

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