Using a rug to protect high traffic areas of the home is a wise decision. Doing this extends the life of your carpet, saving you time and money! There are many types of rugs available, so it’s important to choose the right material and properly maintain the rug to optimize the life of the rug as well. Here are some great tips that you can start using today to help your rugs look as good as they can for as long as they can.
Choose the Right Materials
Choosing the right color and pattern is at the top of the list when choosing a rug. However, another thing that must be factored into the decision is the material of the rug. If you plan on placing the rug you’re looking to purchase in a high traffic area, then you’ll want to choose a material that is durable. Nylon, wool and similar fabrics are materials that withstand the tests of time. Also, take a look at the edges of the rug. If the edge has tassels or other ‘lose’ fabric, you might actually notice the wear a lot sooner than a rug that had cleaner edges.
Placing walk-off mats at your entryways may be one of the best ways to protect your rugs and reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enters the home. This simple trick is the first line of defense for your carpets and rugs.
You will notice that higher traffic areas seem to get dirty a lot quicker. For this reason, it’s important to vacuum those areas more frequently than other. By vacuuming often, you will make it a lot harder for dirt, grime and allergens to settled deep into the carpet. This may even mean vacuuming daily in order to keep dirt and soil to a minimum.
Take Immediate Action
Act immediately once a spill has happen. The longer the food, liquid and mud is on your carpets, the deeper it settles into the fibers of your carpet. High traffic areas will experience more accidents than others, which means higher the chances those spills will stain the carpet. If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area. It would be beneficial to have a professional protectant applied to your rugs as well to make clean up even easier.
Routine cleaning is key to keeping your rugs clean and durable to stand future test of time. If you do find, however, that your rug has lost its original beauty, the professionals at Malama Aina Chem-Dry are trained to clean virtually all types of rugs, from Oriental to Persian, using specialized tools and equipment designed for whatever kind of rug you have. Find out more about Chem-Dry’s rug cleaning process here.