If you’ve ever purchased a beautiful rug, you know it’s an investment and not just a one-time splurge. To stop your money from going down the drain, it’s crucial that you care for and maintain your designer rug; otherwise, you’ll see it quickly deteriorate and lose its value. For easy, quick tips on caring for your expensive rug, keep reading.
- Vacuum Often
Over time, dust and dirt will start to accumulate on your rug and can wear it down. Frequent vacuuming, while a loathsome chore, will help remove these layers of grime from your designer rug; not only will this help brighten the colours, but the suctioning will restore the shape of your rug and its texture. If possible, try to vacuum 1-2 times per week with soft, short bristles to maintain your rug’s beautiful shape and look.
Rugs look fantastic placed under furniture in living and dining rooms, but the heavy feet of the furniture and high foot traffic can leave unsightly imprints in your expensive rug. Rotating the rug often will help your rug last longer and wear evenly, so try and do it every six months if possible. Moving the rug to different spaces around your home will also help keep your rug looking fresh and feeling new.
- Protect from Water
Protecting your rug from water damage is absolutely crucial; if left unattended, water can quickly cause your rug to rot and swell, as well as cause the colours to bleed, and not even the professionals can fix that. Make sure plants have a waterproof container or layer underneath them if placed on or near rugs, and keep your rugs well away from leak-prone areas, like sinks, windows, and bathrooms.
- Protect from Moths
Wool-eating moths are probably the single greatest danger to your fine rugs—not to sound too dramatic, but they can permanently destroy at your beautiful rugs in a matter of months. Frequently lift your rugs to check for infestations and larvae, and regularly vacuum the underside of rugs or, if needed, use a professional moth spray.
- Shade the Rug
Vitamin D, while crucial for your health, does nothing for your rug; keep rugs away from brightly lit areas or the sunlight can quickly fade and yellow the beautiful hues of your rug. If shading isn’t possible, opt for UV filters that you can place over windows (find more window tips here).
- Use Professional Cleaners
While you might be tempted to scrub out a food or wine stain with a store-bought cleaner, save it for the professionals: you could be doing more harm than good and further damage your rug. The experts know how to get out even the toughest stains, so do yourself a favour and let ChemDry Rapid Dry thoroughly and carefully clean your precious rugs.