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Whether your area rug is a new addition to your home or a precious family heirloom, treating it with a little TLC will go a long way in preserving your cherished rug. Below we have listed the top 8 mistakes people make that will cause your area rug to dull and deteriorate prematurely.
- Not Using a Rug Pad
When you’re already dishing out big bucks for an area rug, it’s tempting to skip the rug pad — but this comparatively affordable accoutrement can dramatically increase the lifespan of your area rug. Rug pads provide multi-tiered protection, buffering your rug from wear, allowing it the space it needs to breathe, and preventing slipping.
- Never Rotating It
Daily traffic on the rug takes its toll, especially when it moves in the same pattern around your furniture day in and day out. Rotate your rug once a year to keep it from wearing unevenly.
- Forgetting to Vacuum Regularly
Get in the habit of vacuuming weekly to keep dirt from building up and grinding into the pile. It’s the simplest way to keep your rug looking clean and fresh for years to come.
- Placing It in Direct Sunlight
Area rugs are not immune to the sun’s strong rays. Unless you put up window shades or close curtains during peak daylight hours, the rug’s vibrant colors will fade.
- Only Vacuuming the Front Side
Did you know that the underside of your rug needs vacuuming too? Flip your rug over every couple of months, and give the bottom some attention. You’ll be glad you did.
- Letting Stains Settle
Spot clean straightforward spills immediately, and get the rug to a professional cleaner ASAP to clean up more challenging messes — even if you can’t get the rug there until the next day, a pro should be able to tell you how to mitigate the problem in the meantime. In short, act fast, and don’t let stains set!
- Skipping Deep Cleanings
Vacuuming can only do so much. Every year or two, you need to go deeper to really flush out dirt and grime and restore your rug’s luster. We recommend taking it to a professional rug cleaner who will know how to treat your specific rug.
- Allowing Dirt to Build Up Around the House
Prevent dirt from ever reaching your rug by limiting how much gets into the house to begin with. If you place a doormat at every entrance and regularly clean the floors around your house — especially those by entrance ways — you’ll keep much of the mess from ever reaching the rug.