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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

Make It Last

So, you've found the perfect area rug for your space. Hooray! Now, how do you make it last? Rugs are oftentimes an investment and one that you have poured over options prior to choosing is not something you want to have to replace in a year or two. Here are a few ways you can extend the life of your rug and enjoy it for years to come.

Take Care of Spills Immediately

Whether your area rug is made of luxurious natural fibers, or stain-resistant man-made materials, there is still a chance that a spill will leave a mark if left to soak. The best way to prevent your area rug from becoming discolored is to take care of spills as soon as they happen. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the sight.

Regular Vacuuming is Key

Did you know that vacuuming a rug does more than just remove dirt and dust? It actually prevents fraying and damaged fibers from “walking” across the rug. This is because any debris that is at the base of the carpet can cause friction when a person walks across it. This can lead to damaged fibers. Vacuuming also helps keep the area rug plush by getting air throughout the fibers.

Use a Rug Pad

The friction between rug fibers and a hard floor surface crushes the fibers, which is what leads to that dingy, flattened, or worn-out look. Using a quality rug pad not only prevents this, but also adds comfort and keeps the rug from slipping.

Rotate Rugs Every Year

An area rug that gets walked on tends to develop a pattern of wear from the foot traffic of your everyday routines. Rotating your rug once per year helps prevent this from happening, so that your rug wears evenly across the entire surface.

Regular Deep Cleaning Helps

One last (important) way to keep your area rug looking great year-round is to have a regular deep cleaning performed by a professional. Steam cleans or dry cleaning can help keep your area rug looking fresh and new for years to come.


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