Good quality rugs can add style and interest to your interior décor scheme. If you keep your rugs clean and in good condition, they’ll last much longer. It’s recommended having your rugs cleaned professionally every year or so, but in the meantime; you can maintain your rugs yourself. Read on to find out more.

1. Vacuum regularly

Dust, grit and particles of soil can work their way down into the fibres of your rugs where they readily cause friction damage. Vacuum your rugs weekly using the upholstery or stair attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Begin with the reverse side of the rug, working from side to side, ensuring that you cover the whole surface of the rug. Turn the rug over and repeat the process on the front.

2. Shake it!

Once every couple of weeks on a nice sunny day, it’s a good idea to take your rugs out into the garden and give them a good shake. If you can, hang the rugs over a washing line or fence and ‘beat’ them. This is an old-fashioned but really effective way of dislodging dust and freshening-up the rug.

3. Move your rugs to ensure they wear evenly

If your rugs are subject to heavy foot traffic or are in a position where they are exposed to direct sunlight, it’s a good idea to turn them 180 degrees every six months or so. This helps to even-out the wear and keeps your rugs looking good for longer.

4. Have your rugs professionally cleaned regularly

It’s not advisable to attempt DIY cleaning or stain removal on your rugs, especially if they are made of wool or silk, or if they are very old. A professional carpet cleaning firm will use special products that have been specifically formulated to clean delicate fibres without damaging them. It’s recommended that you have your rugs professionally cleaned at least once a year or more frequently if you have a busy household and pets.

In conclusion

In between professional cleans, you can keep your rugs well-maintained and looking good yourself by following the tips and advice given above. For more information on how to look after your rugs, have a chat with a good carpet cleaning company.