Rug Care Tips
Some may compare owning a rug to having a small child or pet in the house; a lovely addition to any home, but also delicate and in demand of regular care. At first glance, rugs may seem like a sturdy piece of home décor, but they are prone to damage if not maintained in the right way. Firstly, avoid staining rugs with mud, food, make-up, paint and other substances. Teach small children to be careful around the item, and avoid placing them around pet litter trays, beds and climbing frames. If stains do occur, it is best to take the rug to a cleaning service as soon as possible before the stain becomes embedded inside. Rugs should also be cleaned from time to time, which means both taking the rug to be professionally cleaned and also lightly vacuuming once a month or so.
To prevent discolouration and fading it is also best to keep a rug out of direct sunlight, since the sun rays can cause change in colour and make the item look patchy. Frequently rotating the rug can help to reduce this effect, and make the colour fading from the sun less prominent and more evenly distributed.
Moths are also a threat to the appearance and maintenance of a rug, since they burrow through the material and eat at the thread. It is always a good idea to spray rugs with a moth spray from time to time, vacuum and sweep more or less regularly and keep some moth crystals around. If you are planning to store a rug, make sure to spray it with a moth spray and seal it tightly in a large plastic bag (e.g. one or more garbage bags) before storing it to prevent potential insect damage.
Also, it is crucial to take care of the fringes of the rug and handle them with care, because they are the most delicate part of the item; avoid vacuuming these areas or roughly shifting heavy furniture that is touching the fringe.
Here, in our blog, you can also learn How to Clean a Rug, and How to Keep Your Rug Look Good.