Step by Step Guide to Make Your Area Rugs Look Perfect
Area Rugs are a great way to add some extra style and warmth to your home. They’re also an investment that can last for years. But you need to take care of them if you want them to last for years to come! Here’s how:
Consider the rug’s condition.
Before you get started, it’s important to consider the rug’s condition. Is it a wool rug? A synthetic one? Natural fiber? An antique?
- Wool rugs are made from animal hair and require regular vacuuming. They tend to shed more than other types of rugs. If you have pets or children who are constantly running around on your wool rug, you’ll need to vacuum more often than if your home is less busy. Wool also tends to wear out faster in high-traffic areas such as living rooms or bedrooms—in these cases, replacing the entire floor covering may be necessary sooner rather than later!
- Synthetic rugs can be made from polypropylene or polyester fibers (which both absorb moisture well), natural fibers like cotton or silk, blends of synthetic fibers with natural ones, etc. These types don’t shed nearly as much as wool does; however some people claim that they do shed more than others depending on where they live/work environment conditions so we recommend testing out different types before committing yourself too long term 🙂
Vacuum the Rug
Vacuum the rug to remove dust and other debris. Use a vacuum with a beater bar and high suction power, such as an upright or canister model. Don’t use an upright with rotating brushes, as they will damage your rug.
Rotate Your Rug
Rotating your rug can be a simple and effective way to freshen up the look of your space. To rotate, simply turn the rug over in its entirety so the other side is facing up. Then, flip it back over onto its original position and repeat until you’ve completed all four rotations (clockwise from the top left).
Rotating can also help prevent discoloration from settling into certain areas on your area rugs, such as those areas that are especially prone to heat or sunlight exposure—this is especially true if you have pets or children who like playing with toys near where they sleep! Once again: *rotate* *every* time before bedtime.*
Prepare the cleaning area.
To ensure that you are working in an environment that is safe, clean, and tidy, prepare your workspace by laying down a drop cloth. You can also lay out all of your cleaning supplies on the floor if you like.
If you are using a carpet cleaner (and who doesn’t want to?), make sure it is set up and ready to use before beginning this step-by-step guide!
Get it Professionally Cleaned
Professional cleaning is the best way to remove stains and dirt from your rug. When you use a professional cleaner, they will remove all of the dirt and allergens from your rug that are in it. They will then wash it with soap and water so that it gets clean again.
In addition to professional cleaning being more thorough than home cleaning, it’s also more cost-effective because they don’t need to replace rugs that have been cleaned as often as they would if you did them yourself!
Dry your rug completely before use.
After you’ve washed and dried the rug, it’s time to let it dry. If possible, leave your rug outside in a sunny spot where it can get plenty of air circulation. If not, use a hair dryer or fan to speed up the process. Once your rug is completely dry, you’re ready for storage!
Apply Stain Guard
Now that you’ve cleaned your rug and removed any stains, it’s time to apply the stain guard. This will help protect against future stains and other problems.
Stain Guard can be purchased at a home improvement store or online, depending on what kind of finish you have. The type of finish should tell you if it will work on your rug (some rugs are treated with oil-based finishes). You’ll need to mix the stain guard with warm water in a spray bottle before applying it evenly over both sides of the rug (for example 2 parts water + 1 part stain guard + 1 part shampoo). Make sure not to use too much pressure when spraying; otherwise, there will be excess bubbles that may cut into your hardwood floors when drying time is up!
Keep Traffic Zones Trimmed
- Keep traffic areas trimmed.
- Use a mat to protect the rug from wear and tear.
- Remove the mat when not in use, and replace it with another one made of the same color as your rug (or darker).
Use a Non-Slip Underlay
The first step to making your rug look perfect is using a non-slip underlay. This will help keep the area beneath your rug clean and safe, as well as prevent any scuffing or scratching. You can buy one at any hardware store or online, but if you’re really on a budget then we recommend using an old sheet of carpet that has been cut down to size and attached with Velcro strips (you’ll also need some screws).
If you don’t want an entirely new piece of carpet installed in your home then there are other options available:
- Rug pads – These are made from recycled materials such as rubber and foam and come in different sizes depending on what kind of flooring you have underneath. They’re generally cheaper than full rugs but still provide excellent protection against accidents like spills or pets running around barefoot!
- Rug mats – Similar to carpet pads in terms of cost-effectiveness but offer greater cushioning which makes them ideal when walking barefoot around kids who may be prone towards falling over while playing outside after school each day.”
Remove vibrant colors with area carpets.
Area carpets, with their classic low piles, intricate patterns, and shimmery borders, are perfect for giving the room a rustic feel, connecting spaces, and a sense of timelessness. Choose one with geometric shapes in matte tones that complements your color scheme. Moroccan carpets can soften hardwood or polished concrete floors or even decorate the wall.
Textures, layering effects, vibrant colors, and pops that can provide a combination of perfectly beautiful carpets are crucial in perfecting a room. Area carpets are what you need for your next interior decoration project.
These steps will help keep your rugs in good condition for longer.
- Clean them frequently.
- Keep in good condition by regularly dusting and vacuuming the rug or area where it is placed. The best way to do this is with a sweeper/vacuum that has a brush attachment, like this one from Hoover (you can also use an old sock).
- Washable rugs should be washed on a regular basis in cold water with mild detergent and no bleach added; dry immediately after washing; never put rugs in direct sunlight or leave them outdoors during summer months (they will fade fast!).
Remember that you’re the one who’s going to deal with the consequences of poor rug care. While we’ve tried our best to explain all the ways you can keep your rug in tip-top shape, it’s ultimately up to you. So if your rug looks dull, don’t despair—you’ll likely have time to get it looking new again before people start noticing! Just remember that there are many things that could go wrong when cleaning a rug (and some of them are quite serious), so make sure you do everything possible before getting started.