Many customers have ask me for tips on how to conserve their area rugs and how to keep them looking like new for many years to come. With proper care area rugs can last a lifetime. Here I have added a few simple but important steps to keep your area rugs looking like when you first felt in love with it.
DON'T shampoo the rug or use water based cleaners, without consulting a professional rug cleaner. Many cleaners contain chemicals and/or bleach, which can cause damage to the rug or cause the colors to change. If you have a spill, just use clean towels and warm water. Place a towel under the rug to catch the water and then just tap the top of the rug with a clean, dry towel. Don't wipe the stain. There is no point in spreading the misery. Also, don't push too hard. Most of the spill in on the top of the rug so just be gentle.
- When the rug is dirty, just vacuum it. Don't use excessive power as it can harm the rug over time. The more suction, the more stress on the rug. Just use a normal setting, unless there is a good reason.
- Turn the rug every few month. Especially if there is direct sunlight. Sunlight bleaches out the color on the rug where the rug directly shines on. If the rug is near a window or door, just turn it from time to time.
- If you hang a rug on a wall, never use nails to fasten the rug. Over time the hole where the nail entered the rug will get bigger and can cause damage to the rug.
NEVER use a comb to straighten the fringes. Simply flip the end of the rug over.
If you know any other tips on how to conserve the life of an area rug please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.