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5 Tips for Keeping Your Area Rugs Looking Brand New

Old Southwest Renter Vacuuming an Area Rug in his Living RoomArea rugs can be a great complement to any room in your Old Southwest rental home. They are among the very best no-damage ways to personalize your space! Area rugs can also take some work. If you want them to last for a long time, you need to take care of them properly. If you’re not sure you are correctly caring for your area rug, this article is for you! Here are five tips that will help keep your area rugs looking brand new.

  1. Vacuum Often – and Correctly: You should vacuum your area rugs at least once a week to keep them looking their best. Make sure you use the proper attachments and settings on your vacuum cleaner, so you don’t damage the rug’s fibers. A vacuum with a rotating brush is fine for medium or low-pile materials. But do not use the rotating vacuum brush on a plush or high-pile rug, as this will create pilling and fuzzing. For rugs with fringe on the edges, brush these areas gently by hand.
  2. Spot Clean Immediately: To keep your area rug in good condition, it’s important to immediately clean up any spills or messes. This will aid in the prevention of stains from setting in. If something does get spilled, start by blotting up as much liquid as possible with a paper towel or cloth before using cleaning products. Next, apply a tiny amount of cleaner and a soft rag and work the product into the stain. Be careful not to soak the rug. Ultimately, be sure to dry completely. If at all possible, elevate the cleaned section of the rug to ensure that both sides are thoroughly dry.
  3. Rotate Your Rug: For rugs in high-traffic areas, you’ll need to take steps to keep them from wearing faster on one side than on another. To prevent “walkways” or strips of your rug from getting too worn down, rotate the rug every few months. This guarantees that all areas get equal use and will contribute to the extension of the life of your area rug.
  4. Keep Away from Direct Sunlight: Ultraviolet rays from the sun can fade some fabrics over time. This is especially true in places where the sun shines a lot! Avoid placing your area rug in direct sunlight or near a strong light source to protect it from fading. If that isn’t possible, consider using blinds or curtains to keep the light off your rug during the sunniest times of the day.
  5. Have It Professionally Cleaned: Depending on your rug type, you should get a professional cleaning about once a year – or more if your rug gets heavy use or if you have pets. Professional cleaners have the right tools and know-how to clean your area rug without damaging it. Plus, they can usually spot problems with your rug before they become serious. A professional cleaning may be the best way to restore a dingy area rug and bring back the softness and vivid colors it had when it was new.

Caring for an area rug can be work, as with any household task. However, if you want your rugs to last longer and appear lovely, it is worth the effort!


Are you looking for a new rental house to put your gorgeous area rugs in? The Old Southwest property managers at Real Property Management Colonial would be happy to help you find the perfect home. Call the office or browse our listings online.

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