The Secrets to great looking area rugsRugs are a great way to protect your flooring, especially in high traffic areas where people commonly walk. However, how do you protect the rugs from wear and tear? It may seem a futile task, but if you follow these tips you can keep your rugs looking amazing, even if they see a lot of foot traffic.  

Pick the Right Rug

The first step to keeping your rugs looking great is choosing the right rug in the first place. Choosing a neutral color or a pattern with many colors is a great choose because it will disguise many stains and dirt. You also want to choose a material that is durable and long lasting. Delicate rugs can be beautiful, but they won’t last long. Nylon and wool carpets can be good choices, as they offer a very durable material that can withstand heavy traffic. Be sure to research the rug material before you buy it to make sure that it will hold up over the years.

Stop Dirt at the Door

Dirt brought in on shoes is one of the worst things for rugs. The best way o protect your rugs from dirt is to stop dirt from entering your home at all. Use a mat both in side and out of every entrance to your home to catch dirt and allow somewhere to wipe your feet. You can take it step further and rewire guests to take their shoes off before entering your home to really prevent dirt.

Keep it Clean

No matter what you do, dirt and dust will build up in your rugs. This causes an unsightly appearance  but can also damage the fibers of your rug. In order to prevent this, vacuum your rug regularly. You may even need to vacuum a rug in an especially high traffic area daily or every other day to keep it in the best condition. Make that your vacuum is gentle enough on your rug while still doing a good job cleaning. Most vacuums have adjustable settings, so be sure to set the height appropriately.

Treat Stains in a Timely Matter

Areas that are subject to a lot of traffic are also more likely to experience spills and accidents.  If a spill does occur, be sure to take immediate action in cleaning the area.  If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area.  The sooner you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain.  It is also beneficial to have a professional protectant applied to your rugs as well to make clean up even easier.

Phone the Professionals

If you encounter a stain that you cannot remove yourself, it’s best to call the rug cleaning professionals at Chem-Dry of Greensboro to handle the issue for you. Our technicians are trained to handle rugs with the utmost care and remove many stains and spots. It’s a good idea to have your rugs cleaned professionally regularly, whether they are stained or not, just to remove any dirt or other buildup that your vacuum cannot handle.

It can seem like a challenge to keep your rugs looking great, but if you follow these tips we’re confident that you can do it and have the beautiful flooring of your dreams. If you ever have any questions about rug care, be sure to ask one of our trained professionals at Chem-Dry of Greensboro! We’re happy to help!