Tips and hints for caring for your area rug

Buying a good quality rug for your home is a great investment that will last for many years providing it is looked after correctly. One of the advantages of buying a rug as opposed to wall-to-wall carpet is that you can take the rug with you if and when you move house.

Deciding when to clean your rug will depend if the rug is in a high traffic area of your home. Cleaning your rug yourself is an option but if you have a hand-woven or an expensive rug it would probably be best to leave it in the hands of professionals.

Vacuum your rug as required and ensure that you vacuum under the rug as dust and dirt accumulates underneath. Avoid using the beater bar of the vacuum on the fringes as they can easily be pulled loose.

Use a broom to dislodge the dirt or depending on the size of the rug, simply take the rug outside and shake it well. There are times when no amount of vacuuming appears to revive your rug; then it is time to have the rug professionally cleaned.

Rotate your rug regularly to ensure that there is an even distribution of wear. This is particularly important if the rug is placed in an area where the sun shines onto the rug. Continual sunshine will eventually cause the rug to fade.

The repair of rugs is a recognized trade and it is best to have any damage to your rug repaired by a rug repairer. If you own a hand-woven oriental or Persian rug and notice even just a small hole then it is imperative that you take it in as soon as possible to be repaired.

A rug repairer craftsman will be able to repair almost any type of damage to your rug, including very large holes or breaks. When you have purchased an expensive quality rug, then you will want to make sure it is kept in prime condition.

To prolong the life of your rug, purchase rug pads to cushion your rugs and provide a softer base to walk on. Rug pads also provide a means of preventing the rug from slipping, particularly on hard wood floors.

Just following a few basic steps will keep your rug looking pristine.

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