Caring For Your Natural Fiber Area Rug

Purchasing an area rug is an important decision. It can take time to choose just the right one, and if you are purchasing a high-quality, well-designed rug, it may be a significant investment. To protect your investment and keep your rug looking beautiful, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, the following preventative carpet care measures can help maintain the quality and extend the life of your natural fiber area rug.

  • Vacuum regularly
    This will prevent dirt particles from lodging in between the fibers and causing additional wear.
  • Spot clean
    Immediately attending to spills will prevent set-in stains. Blot spills with a clean white towel and use a dry cleaning kit (much easier than it sounds) like Host to clean dark stains like wine, juice or mud. For solids like food or dirt,  scrape the substance up with a butter knife first.
  • Professionally deep clean every eight to 12 months
    Many carpet cleaning companies specialize in natural fibers. Be sure to ask – natural materials should never be steam-cleaned!
  • Stop dirt at the door
    Use walk-off mats at all entrances and remove shoes when coming in from outside.
  • Change air filters
    This removes dust and dirt particles from the air, which would otherwise end up on the rug.
  • Rotate rugs that sit in direct sunlight or under furniture
    This will even out fading and wear on pressure points under furniture.
  • Position rugs according to usage
    Low-pile or flat-woven rugs are more durable and thus best for high-traffic areas like hallways, kitchens and dining rooms. Plush, deep-pile rugs are better suited to bedrooms and living rooms.

A typical area rug should last between 10 and 15 years. Taking these measures will help you enjoy your rug for many years!

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