7 Tips to Help Maintain Area Rugs from RugSmart
The use of area rugs in homes has increased in the recent past. However, although easy to clean and maintain, many area rugs are not well maintained as proven from research by Forbes that reveals 64% of area rugs used in homes are not properly maintained.
No homeowner would be interested in replacing the area rugs every time since it can be a costly investment. However, having a stained or tattered rug can make your house look uninviting and dingy. From deep cleaning the area rugs to weekly vacuuming maintenance, here are seven tips to help you maintain your house area rugs.
1. Rotate Regularly
Although there are experts who claim that you need to rotate your area rugs after one to two years, it is highly recommended that you rotate your rugs more frequently that especially if the rug is located in a high traffic area. This will ensure evenly distributed wear which will ensure you rug has a uniform look that will help in maintaining its value and appearance.
2. Block From Sunlight
Over time, sunlight can make your rug fade. Ensure the rugs are blocked from sunlight to prevent premature fading. In case blocking the sunlight from your rugs is unavoidable, make sure you apply clear or tinted UV window film to protect from the harmful and fading effects from the sun.
3. Flip the Rug
Some nautical rugs have fringes on the ends that mi in a disarray arrangement. Avoid combing the fringe to release the tangles since they can damage the natural fibers of the fringe. You should instead shake or flip the rug end to allow the fringes to straighten out naturally.
It is important that you vacuum your rugs on a frequent basis to prevent the natural fibres from becoming packed down by excess traffic. Ensure you turn off the beater bar or raise it to its highest level whenever you are vacuuming your rugs to prevent untwisting the fibers.
5. Spot Clean
Stains will quickly develop if you cannot spot clean a spill when it occurs. First, you need to dab the stain using a dry cloth to help soak up all the excess liquid. Do not use bleach, soap or other cleaning products on your rug since they can spread or damage the fibers. Instead, only use clean water to clean the stain by blotting it. Do not rub or scrub because this will spread the stain. Consult a professional rug cleaner in case the stain cannot be removed.
6. Professional Washing
It is recommended that you have your nautical rugs professionally washed after every three to five years to prevent soil and dirt build up and to ensure the natural fibres are fully restored. You will be able to extend the life of the rug and enjoy its comfort and quality with the help of a professional cleaner.
7. Utilize Padding
A should always be under a rug. It will help keep the rug stabilized, protecting the rug shape and reduces rug creep. This will not only enhance the value of your rug at properly in place but it will also make it safer and more comfortable to walk on.
8. Wipe down and Air out
Another method of refreshing your rug is by wiping the rug down using a sponge or cloth that has been dampened with cold water. It will help in removing any dust on the surface and will help in restoring the rug fibers.
Moisture build up on your rug can have a severe effect in form of mildew and mold growth. Always make sure your rug is thoroughly dry every time it comes in contact with moisture to help reduce build up and presence of odour.