When buying a rug, it is important to look after it to ensure the rug lasts for as long as possible. To help you out, we have put together a simple Rug Care Guide. Below are a few tips on how to take care of different types of rugs.
The most common cause of rug damages is through footfall. Robust, durable rugs are tough and can withstand plenty of traffic, but delicate fibres and weaves generally do not. To protect these types of rugs, don’t place them in high-traffic areas such as kitchens or hallways, instead place them in low traffic areas.
When it comes to hard wearing rugs, protect them by removing shoes when entering the house.
Vacuuming is an important step as it aids in removing loose dirt from the rug, and makes the cleaning process easier long term. We recommend using the nozzle attachment of a hoover rather than abrasive, rotary brushes that can damage the fibres.
When using cleaning products, you need to be careful with which ones you use. Typically, go for products that will remove dust, stains, and bacteria. For exact results, go for products that are designed specifically for your rug material.
If unsure whether the cleaning product will damage the rug, do a patch test on the corner of the rug where any effects won’t create noticeable damage.
Blot Spills Immediately
It is likely your rug will be subjected to a variety of spills and stains during its lifetime. Time is extremely important when spillages occur. Remember to blot – never rub — the spill and remove moisture as quickly as possible.
Please see below our remedy guide for common spillages;
- Alcohol and soft drinks: Use a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply to the stain, rinse, then blot dry.
- Chewing Gum: Peel off what you can, then put ice cubes in a plastic bag and harden the gum, scraping the gum off with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum and use a dry-solvent spot cleaner if needed.
- Coffee or Tea: Using the same detergent mix as with alcohol and soft drinks, apply to stain, rinse, and blot. If a stain remains, use a commercial spot rug cleaner.
- Fat-based stains: For foods such as butter, margarine, or gravy, use a dry-solvent spot rug cleaner.
- Tomato sauce: Sponge with cool water, dab with detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner. Rinse with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water and blot until dry.
- Wine or juice: Spritz with club soda. Blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone!
Cleaning A Shaggy Rug
Firstly, take your shaggy rug outside and shake off any loose dirt and dust. This is important as it is already an easy step into removing some unwanted treasures instantly. Try vacuuming your rug carefully and use an upholstery attachment to gently vacuum between the rows of thread on your rug.
Other methods could include using a dry rug shampoo, which generally comes in powder form. All you have to do is sprinkle this on, and follow the shampoo instructions. This should involve working the shampoo into the rug, waiting an hour or so, and gently vacuuming up the granules.
How To Stop Rugs Fading
When you purchase a new rug, you should be conscious of how light from your windows will affect the rug. Be particularly careful about skylights if you’re placing it in a conservatory. If you’re not home during the day, you may not see a full day’s effect to observe how the light falls throughout the day, so try and take some time to assess. Sun damage causes fading, premature ageing, and can cause the rug to become lighter or discoloured in certain areas. Rotate your rug at least twice a month, this will not stop the fading process but will instead create more even, unvarying colours as it fades.
How To Stop Rugs Slipping
A well-placed rug underlay protects both the rug itself and the floor underneath it. A light, thin rug underlay is recommended for all rugs. It’s cushioned, making it soft on your feet, and it will protect your interiors from any damage. The thin profile provides enough grip and cushion to provide comfort and protection without raising the rug up too high and reduces movement from slippage. A high quality, anti-slip underlay will prevent sliding and creasing of the rug and reduce the risk of trip hazards.
Rugs vs Pets
Most of the damage we see to rugs come from puppies and young dogs. There is a very short time in which to address urine on a rug before it turns to a permanent stain. Also, we have seen many rugs damaged by chewing on the corners and the fringe. If you get a new rug when you have a puppy, store the rug away from the dog’s reach until it is old enough to be housetrained and out of the teething stage.
A rug can be an investment, and you can improve the lifespan of your rug significantly by caring for it carefully and appropriately. Make sure to follow these simple steps to ensure your rug remains a trusty element of your home décor for years to come.