A carefully selected area rug or carpet is truly the icing on your decorating cake. It can take a room from ordinary to warm and inviting or sleek and modern while tying in all of the elements in the space. Once you’ve set your heart on the perfect floor covering, protect it with some easy maintenance tricks.
…From Sun Damage
To minimize sunlight damage on your area rug, you should turn it every six months. Doing so allows for an even amount of exposure and prevents your rug from fading in spots.
To a lesser extent, the same can be said for your carpet. While you can’t actually move your carpet, you can move the furniture on top of it. Think about rotating around your room every now and then to more evenly expose your carpet to natural light and prevent fading. This can also help to minimize “crushing” – more on that in a later post.
…From Liquid Spills
A quick response and a few small steps can take care of almost any spill. Most importantly, move quickly to blot up liquids before they can soak in with a white paper towel (avoid paper towels with colored patterns printed on them.) It’s important to blot; not rub.
Any residual stain can then be cleaned with the solution appropriate for your rug’s make-up. Most rugs (made of Wool, Acrylic, Nylon, Olefin or Polyester) can be gently cleaned with a mild detergent or carbonated water.
A little regular maintenance and a lot of vigilance can help protect your investment, and keep that treasured rug or carpet looking its best for years to come!