You finally found the perfect rug you’ve been looking for. The size, color, and pattern are just right to add to the room’s décor in your home. You may wonder what you could do to keep your rug looking as good as it does now. With some loving care, you can extend your rug’s life and help it look its best.
Use a Rug Pad
Using a rug pad does more than add comfort. Believe it or not, it extends the life of your rug. A quality rug pad will prevent your rug’s fibers from being crushed and make them more resistant to the unavoidable wear and tear of everyday life.
Rug pads are designed to allow air to circulate between the floor and rug, thus preventing bacteria growth. It also traps dust and particles that otherwise would set in your rug. So not only can they extend the life of your rug, but it can be a health benefit for you and your loved ones.
Rotate Your Rug
It is vital to rotate your rug to prevent uneven wear. High traffic areas will cause your rug to wear down faster than less exposed areas. If you have furniture resting on the rug for a long time, it will create dent marks that will be hard to remove later. Also, sunlight exposure can cause your rug to discolor over time. To slow down your rug’s daily wear process, rotate it every few months.
Vacuuming your rug only when it looks dirty is not wise nor healthy. Your rug traps dust, dirt, and allergens. If you walk on your rug with shoes, you can introduce bacteria that may be trapped on your shoe’s soles. The longer you wait to vacuum your rug, the harder it will be to remove the dirt and debris.
Home experts recommend vacuuming twice a week. If your rug is in highly trafficked areas, consider vacuuming more frequently. If pets are in the home, daily vacuuming is strongly recommended to remove dirt, hair, dander, and allergens.
However much we try to be careful with our rugs, spills and stains will occur. Honestly, we can’t always blame it all on our children or pets. When we accidentally get the rug dirty, it is crucial to clean the mess immediately. The more you delay cleaning a spill, the more difficult it will be to remove the stain. Always check with the rugs’ manufacturer on how to spot clean your rug.
Deep Clean Your Rug
Vacuuming your rug is not enough to remove all the dirt and debris from your rug. Yes, it removed most of it (about 75 percent), but more is needed to eliminate all dry soils completely.
How often you deep clean your rug depends on how often it gets foot traffic. For moderate rug use, experts recommend cleaning it every eighteen months to two years. For high trafficked rugs, at least annually. However, because dust, debris, and allergens found in rugs can cause people to develop respiratory illnesses, it is recommended to clean your rug every six months if you have children or pets.
Once again, always read the rug’s label for proper maintenance instructions, as not all rugs require the same care.
It’s very much possible to keep your rug in top-notch condition. With a little loving care, your rug can continue to enhance your room’s appearance for many years to come. Perhaps you are so busy with life’s daily activities and you fear you will forget when and how often you should clean your rugs. Dirtfree can help you keep a schedule that will work for you. Try it today with a 2-week free trial!