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Five Tips to Maintain Your Rug

A good rug is an asset to any interior. Once you’ve found a rug at that is going to enhance your home, keep in mind the ways that you can extend it’s lifespan, and keep it in the best condition possible:

Avoid Direct Sunshine

If your rug is of a particularly precious or delicate make, avoid giving it prolonged exposure to the sun. In the hotter months try drawing the shades or the sheer curtains in the afternoon when the sun will be hitting the interior floors of your house most strongly. If one half of the rug is in direct sunlight for most of the day, rotate the rug once of twice a year so at least the fading happens at a more even rate across the rug.

Shoes Off

Taking your shoes off at the door will spare all of your interior surfaces, rugs included. Trekking in dirt and grit from outdoors scratches wooden floorboards as well as building up in rugs and carpets to create a film of grime over the top. As well as keeping your rug in better condition, if everyone takes their shoes off at the door it will save you from doing more cleaning than you have to!

Blot, Don’t Rub

If accidents do occur, which they inevitably will, blot the stain immediately with a dry paper towel to soak up as much of the stain as possible, followed with a paper towel soaked in warm water to stop the stain from setting. Rubbing the stain will spread the staining agent further and deeper through the fibres. Blotting with the wet towel isn’t a final solution but will buy you enough time to get some cleaning products to hand to do a proper job. And remember, many a carpet was saved from a red wine stain by a smart dinner guest who casts a mountain of salt on it quickly!

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming once every couple of weeks or so if a good way to avoid the long-term build up of dust and detritus which dulls the colour of your rugs and makes them smell musty. If left for long periods of time without getting vacuumed, the build up of dust and dirt in rugs can create permanent discolouration, they greyness of which will lend an insidious drabness to the whole room.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Not only in terms of health, but also in terms of the health of your rug. Where ever possible keep your pets outdoors to prevent accidents, keep your babies in secure nappies to prevent similar accidents, and if your kids have any painting, drawing or other craft projects in the works, suggest (firmly) that they take it outside. A good habit for the whole family to get into is that food is only to be eaten in the kitchen and dining area. Food and drink spills are the most common ways that rugs are stained, so if taking snacks beyond the parameters of the eating areas is avoided, so will the majority of your cleaning headaches.

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