It’s easy to cover the high traffic areas of your home with a rug. The decision to place a rug down could significantly extend the life or your carpet saving you time and money. However, do you protect your rugs? Here are some great tips that you can start using today to help your rugs look as good as they can for as long as they can.

Choose the Right Materials

Even though choosing the right color or pattern is important, choosing the right material can be equally as important. You want to choose a material that is durable and fits the needs of your home. Whether you have kids, pets or find yourself an empty-nester, nylon and wool carpets can be good choices. These materials are durable compared to cotton and other softer fabrics which may not be able to withstand heavy traffic.

Plan Ahead

Using walk-off mats at your entryways may be one of the best ways to protect your rugs and reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enters the home. This may seem simple, but it’s an effective way to keep your expensive rugs clean and longer lasting. It may even be a good idea to place a simple sign at your entryways reminding guest to remove their shoes before entering your home.

Vacuum Often

High traffic areas require more frequent vacuuming that other areas of the home. Dirt, grime and allergens build up in high traffic areas quickly. Vacuuming helps to remove dirt before it actually settles into the fibers. The more traffic an area endures, the more often it should be vacuumed.  This may even mean vacuuming daily in order to keep dirt and soil to a minimum.

Take Immediate Action

If you notice that a spill or accident has occurred, act immediately. High traffic areas will experience more accidents than others, which means higher the chances those spills will settle into the carpet and be more difficult to remove. If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area.  The sooner you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain. It is also beneficial to have a professional protectant applied to your rugs as well to make clean up even easier.

Routine maintenance and efficient cleaning is key to keeping your rugs clean and durable to stand future test of time. If you do find, however, that your rug has lost its original beauty, the professionals at Chem-Dry of Santa Clarita Valley are trained to clean virtually all types of rugs, from Oriental to Persian, using specialized tools and equipment designed for whatever kind of rug you have. Find out more about Chem-Dry of Santa Clarita Valley’s rug cleaning process here.