Area rugs are a beautiful addition to any home. They create visual interest; add warmth to a room; protect the floor, whether tile, hardwood or carpet; and reduce the sounds and vibrations caused by movement. Area rugs can also be changed out quite easily for the seasons. Follow these tips to care for your home’s area rugs.
Vacuum once or twice a week. Make multiple passes in varying directions to remove dirt and debris. Look for a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. HEPA filters are especially useful in homes with allergy sufferers. Use the beater brush and the appropriate setting for the pile. Change bag or empty cannister when half full to ensure continued effectiveness.
Protect from the Sun
Direct sun exposure will cause fading and, over time, deterioration of the pile. The backing may also be affected. Safeguard rugs, especially antique or Oriental rugs, with blackout curtains or other protective window treatments. Installing UV blocking window film is a cost-effective option. Rotate your rugs every six months; more often in high traffic areas.
Prompt Attention to Spills Required
Blot up spills by covering the area with a clean cloth or paper towel. Repeat until all the liquid has been absorbed. If the spill is solid, use a spoon to scoop up as much of the material as possible before blotting. Spot clean with a solution of hand-washing soap and room temperature (never hot) water. Rinse, then blot using a dry towel. Use recommended solutions for stains.
Protect Your Rug from Heavy Furniture
To protect area rugs from dents, support heavy furniture on clear caster cups. Online retailers as well as home improvement and furniture stores offer a variety of caster cups, also known as furniture coasters, so you can find the right size for your furniture’s legs. Caster cups with spikes that face the rug are often ideal because they promote furniture stability.
Schedule Professional Cleaning and Restoration
Special types of area rugs require specialized care. Reference care labels for the manufacturers recommend cleaning methods. Hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, works best. Schedule professional cleanings every 12 to 18 months. Rugs in high traffic areas may benefit from more frequent cleanings.