Rug Cleaning Tips To Keep It Looking New

Did you know that hand-knotted rugs can last centuries if taken care of properly? Taking the time to carefully sort through colors, patterns, and various sizes of rugs at Holly Peters Oriental Rugs & Home is only the first step in your rug journey. Once your beautiful rug is home and you’ve found the perfect spot to place it, it’s time to implement a rug care routine.

Preventing Normal Wear and Tear

A lot happens to your rug throughout the course of a normal day. Shoes are walking over it, pets are playing on it, sunlight travels through windows and lands on your perfectly vegetable dyed fibers. Dirt, dust, and germs can all become trapped within the hand-knotted threads.

Given everything that your rug goes through, it’s important to take care of it properly to keep it looking like the work of art that it is.

One really important step is to vacuum your rug. I’m sure you’re thinking that’s a pretty obvious tip, but did you know you’re supposed to vacuum both sides of it? While this won’t remove all the dirt and debris from within the pile, it certainly helps get rid of some of it between professional cleanings.

The next crucial step to maintain your rug is to rotate it. This is important because, similar to a mattress, you want your rug to wear down evenly. When you leave your rug in the same place for months on end, the same areas get walked on over and over again. Rotating your rug helps reduce this issue and extend it’s life.

The pile isn’t the only thing that wears down though. The sunlight that comes through your windows will fade the color of the fibers over time. Depending on the surrounding furniture and the amount of light a room gets throughout the day, you run the risk of uneven fading if the rug isn’t rotated occasionally.

Our last rug care tip is to invest in a good rug pad. Not only will this prevent your rug from slipping and sliding around, but it will add a bit of cushion and ultimately keep your rug looking nicer. It’s a necessary buffer between the textile and the floor that can extend the life of your rug by 30%.

Add A Professional Cleaning To Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

While vacuuming, rotating, and a rug pad are great ways to keep your rug looking top notch, nothing replaces the deep clean that a professional can offer.

It’s important to consider the traffic in the area. Typically a rug should be cleaned professionally once a year, which is why the easiest thing to do is to make it a part of your spring cleaning routine. Once you feel the warm weather starting and your urge to pick up cleaning products kick in, schedule a cleaning with us.

If the rug is in a high traffic area though, it might need a deep clean more often.

Is it stepped on constantly?

Do you have allergies?

Do your pets walk over and lie on it day in and day out?

If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”, you might need to schedule more frequent cleanings.

Professional cleaning not only removes allergens, dust, and germs out of the fibers while bringing out the beauty of your unique rug — it also extends the life of it! At Holly Peters Oriental Rugs & Home, we’re committed to preserving the beauty of these stunning works of art. To schedule a cleaning, contact us here.