Regular vacuuming is the best way to keep your rug looking its best. Do not use a beater bar attachment on your vacuum. If you cannot remove the beater bar, raise it as high as possible and vacuum carefully. When vacuuming, use the lowest available suction setting to prevent fibres from being pulled out of the rug backing. Sprouts that appear on the surface of the rug should be snipped at surface level. Do not pull the fibre out. If you own a natural fibre rug, be sure to vacuum the area underneath the rug periodically. Spills should be cleaned in a blotting motion immediately using a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing, as this may push the stain deeper into the rug. To promote even wear of the rug surface, rotate regularly. Avoid exposing rugs to continuous direct sunlight. This will cause colours to fade over time.
Bright sunlight can fade your rug over time. The use of blinds, curtains or sheers can lessen the extent of the sun damage to your rug. Likewise, rugs in high traffic areas can wear unevenly. Rotate your rug regularly to ensure even wear.
Rug pads extend the life of your rug. They prevent slipping, absorb sound and provide cushioning and softness. A custom area rug pad is a good investment for area rug owners.
Blotting a spill with paper towels is the first step to containing the damage. Using chemicals and cleaning solutions designed for synthetic carpets should be avoided, as harsh detergents are abrasive and may damage your area rug. Moreover, applying water to stains is not recommended. Dyes may run and bleed, discolouring the rug and damaging the floor underneath.
No rug treatment replaces occasional professional cleaning. Even with regular home care, professional area rug cleaning is a must to extend the life of your rug and bring out its natural beauty and bright colours. The average time recommended between professional cleanings is every 12-18 months. However, if your rug is in a heavy traffic area, if you have pets, or if you suffer from airborne allergies, you may need to clean more often.