If you’re shelling out several hundred dollars on a large area rug it can be tempting to think it’s safe to forego a rug pad, but that’s not the case. Not only can a rug pad help prolong the lifespan of your investment, it also acts as a safety measure if you have wood or tiled floors by helping to anchor it and preventing slippage. They’re relatively affordable and help your new rug to breathe.
Not constantly, but once or twice a year rotate your rugs to avoid wear and tear – particularly in high traffic areas. Few things make an area rug look old faster than a worn-out path of travel that’s discolored and compressed its fibers.
Pro Tip: If you have indentations from furniture legs after rotation, just pop an ice cube into each one and let it melt for a rejuvenated pile.
It’s a good idea to vacuum the topside of your rugs weekly to avoid dirt and debris getting ground into the pile, but the backside needs some attention too. Most people neglect to vacuum the underside every few months, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how much dirt is just waiting under there for you. (I always am!)
Vacuuming regularly is all well and good, but every other year or so you’ll want to go deeper to get that just-like-new look and feel back. A professional rug cleaner is usually the most thorough, but if you want to try the DIY route be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are likely located on a sticker on the backside of your rug.
Of course, the best way to keep your rug in tiptop condition is to keep dirt and grime as far away from it as possible. That means having doormats located at all entrances to your home and cleaning the floors on a regular basis to cut down on much debris should it ever get near it.
You’ve done the search and finally the perfect rug is in place. Your work is done. But wait a minute — there’s more to be done! At least if you don’t want to purchase a replacement in a few years because this one is already in disrepair. Read on for five ways to add life to your rug.
1. Don’t Forget the Rug Pad
You’ve spent money on the rug, don’t neglect to get the pad too. It’s easy to think you can skip it, but a pad will add a lot of life to your new rug. It will also add some protection from wear and tear and help prevent slipping.
You’re probably vacuuming regularly so that the dirt doesn’t build up and get ground into the fibers, but you should also occasionally flip your rugs over to vacuum the underside. Never let stains settle and every year or two either rent a rug cleaner or hire a professional to get in there and get the deep down dirt out.
Don’t risk the beautiful colors in your rug fading by placing it in a spot that receives direct light during the day. Your best option is to use curtains or shades to lessen the sun’s rays and discourage fading.
One of the best tactics is keeping dirt from ever reaching your floor rugs by placing doormats near every entrance from the outdoors. They’ll catch the things you definitely don’t want inside on your shoes before they ever have a chance to cause a mess.