So, you’ve just bought a stunning new rug that fits perfectly with your home décor and wants to keep it looking as new as possible for longer. We all know how important our homes are to us and how we want to keep our investments for as long as possible before needing to replace them.
Here are a few tips on how you can care for your Rug, keep it lasting longer and how to store your Rug to avoid any damage.
Try not to put the Rug anywhere with direct sunlight, this will avoid any sun fade especially in colourful rugs. Choose a spot away from any areas that let a lot of sunlight in.
Using a Rug underlay will not only stop the Rug from slipping and causing any nasty accidents like falling but will also lessen the foot impact when walking on the Rug in on a hard surface. Also, choosing underlay will prevent the colour from transferring to the floor it’s laying on, especially colourful rugs.
Using a good Vacuum with a beater bar and regular vacuuming is also a very good idea, the Sebo Vacuums are what Art of Clean will recommend, we also use these Vacuums on any Rug or Carpet cleaning we do. Be sure to vacuum the Rug front and back, do this slowly, Rugs that are in a busy entrance will need this done more often.
Always use a safe spot cleaner on your Rug and not an of the shelf cleaner, some of the shelf cleaners can cause more harm than good like bleaching the Rug fibres. Always do a spot test in an inconspicuous area on the Rug with the cleaner to check the colour stability, dab with a clean white cotton towel but never rub or scrub.
Getting the Rug regularly cleaned is always a good idea, Art of Clean offer a Clean and protect option. Once the Rug has been deep cleaned and dry soil has been removed, we will brush a protector into the fibres of your Rug this will create a protective seal making it difficult for liquids to penetrate your Rug. Using the protection option will also make it easier to clean the rug in the future.
Make sure you get all damage to your Rugs repaired as soon as possible to avoid them getting worse, leaving a Rug with frayed edges can resort in them getting worse and can become very expensive to repair. Smaller repairs can be so much cheaper to repair. Art of Clean can offer a quote for any Rug repairs.
Try to avoid storing a Rug for a long period of time, this can cause moth or moisture damage to your Rug. We have had many troubled customers that have come to us for help and have had to dispose of the Rug due to Moth or damp damage due to poor storage. We here at Art of Clean strongly recommend that you get the rug cleaned before storing, then store in a cool dry place rolled up but laying down flat. DO NOT FOLD THE RUG. If storing or shipping your rug wrap it in Tyvek and not just plastic. Tyvek is a waterproof paper that is wrapped around the Rug, it is a breathable paper so allows the Rug to breathe. Tyvek has been used for 65 years, it was discovered in 1955 by Jim White who recognised the potential of the material and is one of the safest ways to pack your Rug.
Getting Moth repellant applied when you get your Rug cleaned is also very important, if you get your Rug cleaned with Art of Clean we will always have this as an option and is always recommended.
The video below shows you how we wrap and store your Rugs:
For further advice or information on our carpet and soft furnishing care please don’t hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 863632 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge