To replace or deep clean your area rug? That is the question. Area rugs come in all different shapes, sizes and styles and pending on the type of rug you have in your home, it can often times be a costly investment.
If that is the case, it’s safe to say you probably won’t want to replace it very often. Fortunately, there are several ways, in which you can maintain the cleanliness and condition of your rug including basic, specialty and deep cleansing rug maintanence. There are also preventative measures you can take to keep your rug in good condition, such as enforcing a “no shoes” policy, or placing doormats in entryways to grab most of the dirt. Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the one guilty of tracking in the mud .
Here are some general guidelines you can follow to keep your rug clean:
Vacuum often-at least once a week, maybe two depending on the traffic level.
Spot clean when needed-be sure to blot and not rub. Rubbing will cause the stain to spread.
Rotate your rug-This should be done at least once a year, possibly more in higher traffic zones. This will also help prevent constant sun exposure to one part of the rug which could cause fading. Rotating the rug will help to equalize the effects.
If a change in your overall home décor is what you are going for, then replacing a rug is a quick and easy way to transform a room. When choosing a rug, make sure you consider size. An area rug is meant to give a room a focal point. If the rug is too big, it just looks like wall-to-wall carpeting; if you skimp on the size, it could just look out of place and become more of a distraction to the overall décor. Each room will most likely require a different size/style of rug, so be sure to do your research before you shop in regards to what size and shape would be most appropriate.
Area rugs are a great way to add playfulness and fun to a room. Welcome the idea of color and patterns. There are many inexpensive options available so you can try things out without the need to really commit. Once you select a rug, consider using a rug pad. They can prevent slipping and help minimize the every-day wear and tear, essentially adding years to the life of your rug.
What’s next for your rugs-replace or maintain? Leave a comment and tell us!