Simple Tips To Keep Your Rugs In Great Condition

Simple Tips To Keep Your Rugs In Great Condition

When it comes to caring for your rugs, you’ll find that a regular, thoughtful cleaning approach will go a long way. While it’s recommended to have a professional cleaning about every year to year and a half or so, especially if you have pets in the home or the rugs are in a spot that has a lot of foot traffic, there are a few things you can do on your own to lengthen the life of your rug:


  • Keep your rug out of direct sunlight

  • Manage shedding from new rugs

  • Vacuum often and after any spills or crumbs fall onto the rug

  • Schedule professional cleanings every 12-18 months 


With these simple steps, you’ll be keeping your rug looking new and chic for years to come.

Exposure To Direct Sunlight

We know you want to have your rug in a well-loved area of your home so you can enjoy it everyday, but take into consideration how much sunlight will be coming at your rug in the area you are considering placing it. While sunlight brightens up a home, it can cause a lot of damage to a rug that can be hard to see initially. If your rug is in an area that gets exposed to sunlight often, it may dry out and cause the rug to become brittle and even fade. 

New Rugs Like To Shed

Particularly if your rug is newer, it is probably prone to shedding loose and excess fibers. This is completely normal and just needs a little bit more attention when you first bring your rug home. Vacuuming your rug every few days when you first lay it out will help with the shedding. If your rug is in an area with high foot traffic then it will shed more than it would if it were under a dining room or coffee table. A higher volume of foot traffic will encourage more fibers in your new rug to loosen and shed. 


With regular vacuuming and rotating your rug to even out the foot traffic it experiences, your rug will soon cease to shed.

Simple Tips To Keep Your Rugs In Great Condition

Regularly Vacuum And Handle Spills

The easiest and most cost effective way to keep your rug looking new and clean is to vacuum as often as needed and clean spills diligently. It can be easy to see a few crumbs fall on the rug and think that you’ll wait until the mess builds up a bit before you vacuum, but by allowing crumbs and other debris to seep into the fibers of your rug, you are inviting moths to come feed on your rug and allowing dirt to seep into its fibers. Vacuuming is a simple and quick solution to keeping your rug looking young, so include it on your chore chart to ensure that it’s done often and promptly. 


Attending to spills immediately after they happen is another way to prolong the life of your rug. If a spill is left to sit too long without being dealt with, you may need to find a deep cleaner that is compatible with your rug. Be sure not to scrub the stain too harshly or it will get ground into the fibers of your rug.  

Routine Professional Cleaning

The best way to guarantee the longevity of your rug is to invest in routine professional cleaning. It may feel like just one more thing to put on a to do list, but it’s the easiest way to protect your rug and keep it looking great for years to come. If your rug is in a high traffic area of your home, you may want to consider having it cleaned around every 12-18 months. If your rug is in a spot where not as many feet are walking over it, you can probably stretch professional cleanings to every three years or so. Remember that weekly, if not more frequently, vacuuming is the best way to keep your rugs beautiful between professional cleanings. 

Get Professional Rug Cleaning In Fort Worth

Whether you’ve never had your rug cleaned or it’s just been a few years, Fort Worth Rugs is the go-to place for all things rug cleaning and preservation. A family owned business, Fort Worth Rugs has been around for generations and our quality of service only ever increases. Come see us in person or give us a call at 817-732-2222 to request a free quote on your personal rug cleaning. .