Taking Care of Rugs

Tips for Taking Care of Rugs


Carpets and rugs are not the same things. Carpets are designed to handle much higher volumes of foot traffic than rugs are therefore they are made to be robust. Rugs are designed with their aesthetic appeal in mind which means that they are much more susceptible to damage. They serve similar purposes however the way that they are made means that they have subtle differences in how best to take care of them, especially when cleaning. Keeping this in mind is pivotal to maintaining your rug and having it last longer.

Rug Cleaning and Maintenance

If your rug gets soiled then you will need professional cleaning job to get it clean again. That is in the case of a serious staining however for regular cleaning vacuuming is a great way to remove particles that get trapped in the fibers. Vacuum only the main part of the rug but do not vacuum the fringes or side-selvage areas because the power of the vacuum could fray these areas and leave your rug looking worn.

Hooked rugs are special rugs that are designed for aesthetics rather than functionality. They are designed with craft patterns woven into them by pulling the fibers through a backing material. The end result is pretty but difficult to keep clean. When vacuuming them you want to have your vacuum set to ‘bare floor’ so that it does not damage the sensitive rug. Bar beaters that are designed to be used on carpets are a bad idea for hook rugs because they tend to pull out loose threads which will damage the pattern.

Regular cleaning keeps your rugs shiny but you also have to keep in mind how they will be used. Rugs that are set in particular places tend to get wear patterns as the people walking over them have a tendency to walk over the same paths over and over again. Turning the rug 180 degrees once a year will keep the tread patterns from becoming too pronounced.

Rug Pads

You are also advised to place furniture caps under the supports of heavy furniture to keep the fibers from being damaged by holding the weight for extended periods of time. A good rug pad will distribute the weight of the heavy furniture over the area of the rug and protect the fragile fibers to keep it looking good for longer. Rug pads come in a variety of bottoms.

Rubber-bottom rug pads are designed to keep the furniture on the rug from slipping or moving. Solid surface rug pads that aren’t made from waffled meshes will protect your floors by keeping the dye on your rug from transferring onto the floor underneath it and stop the heavy furniture from scratching off the floor-finishing.

Some rugs have a tendency to creep and cup under furniture legs or slide if someone steps on them while moving at pace. Slip-resistant rug bottoms have rubber bottoms that resist motion and keep your rug fixed firmly in your preferred position. Rubber-bottom rug pads also have the benefit of keeping moisture stains on the rug from seeping through onto the floor so you can be sure that even if your pet or child makes a mess on the rug, your floor will be safe.

Rubber pads are definitely the best option due to their versatility and how well they breathe to keep excessive heat build-up from damaging your floors so choose rubber-bottom pads over thin vinyl rug pads.