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Rug Care
How to care for area and runner rugs

How to Care for rugsOnce you've chosen the perfect rug for your space, it is important that you maintain and clean the rug properly to ensure that it remains in top condition for a long time.

In order to help you take optimal care of your rug, we've devised the following lists - of dos and don'ts.

Do:

  • Keep your rug clean.  It is important that you vacuum your rug approximately once a week (depending on the rug's placement and the amount of traffic it gets).  See an important exception to this rule below in "don'ts".
  • Cut (with a scissors) any loose threads that appear in the rug.
  • If your pet urinates your rug, immediately blot it on both sides of the rug with absorbent cotton cloths.  You can dilute with water (or with white vinegar in the water if the colors are coming off).  Immediately take the rug to be professionally cleaned.
  • Invest in a quality rug pad for your area or runner rug.  Rug pads are not merely optional accessories; they are necessary to:
    • Prevent slips and falls
    • Offer support
    • Act as a moisture barrier between the rug and the floor
    • Discourage insect activity in the rug
    • Generally extend the life of your rug
  • If possible - and depending on the placement of your rug, rotate the rug 180 degrees once a year.  This will ensure that wear and fading are not limited to just one area of the rug.
  • Flip reversible rugs once a year.  Many people forget to or decide not to flip these rugs.  Reversing the rug can double the rug's life.
  • Clean your rug before storing it to prevent bugs from destroying your rug.
  • Store your rug in a sturdy and water-resistant material like Tyvek®.  This will give your rug a fighting chance against moisture, insects and punctures.
Don't:
  • Avoid vacuuming rugs with fringes or loose weaves.  A good vacuum sweeper will rip these fibers right off the rug.
  • Do not use an upright vacuum sweeper on braided rugs or flatweaves.  Fibers in these rugs will not stand up to powerful vacuuming; they require the use of a hard-floor or other attachment.
  • Do not pull out loose threads - you may literally unravel the rug.
  • Do not use cleaning products that are not indicated for your rug - and don't use any cleaning products on natural fiber rugs.
  • Avoid storing your rug directly on any floor, even if it is wrapped.  Moisture from a flood or pipe leak can severely damage a rug (even if it is "water-resistant").
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