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keep area rugs nice blog post

We’ve all seen the dark foot trail that starts to spread over high traffic carpeted areas. Often, people choose to cover these areas with throw rugs in order to keep the carpet underneath looking nice. But what happens to those rugs? Rugs aren’t cheap, and some can be a huge investment. You’ll want to keep them nice for as long as possible.

While it may seem an impossible task, there are actually some great tips for keeping your rugs looking new.  With the proper care and attention, you can maintain the look of your rugs even in those high traffic areas.


Choose the Right Materials

There is more to choosing a rug than picking the right color.  You want to choose a material that is durable and long lasting.  Especially in high traffic areas, the type of rug you choose can make a huge difference in how long it will last.  Nylon and wool carpets can be good choices, as they offer a very durable material that can withstand heavy traffic.


Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to protect your rugs is to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enters the home.  Using walk-off mats at your entryways will help to eliminate much of the dirt that gets tracked in on your shoes.  This simple precautionary method can be a very effective way to keep your rugs clean.  If possible, you might even consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep any soil from coming into the home.

Carpet protectant will also reduce staining. Within a few years after installation, new carpets lose their factory-applied protectant and you’ll need to reapply. (We can do that for you!)


Vacuum Often

Frequent vacuuming is an essential part of caring for your rugs and carpet, especially in high traffic areas.  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

Areas that are subject to a lot of traffic are also more likely to experience spills and accidents.  If a spill does occur, be sure to take immediate action.  If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area.  The sooner you get to work, 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.

Keeping rugs and carpets clean in high traffic areas requires routine maintenance and efficient cleaning methods.  With the proper care, you can keep your rugs, and your home, looking bright and clean.  If you do find, however, that your rug has lost its original beauty, Chem-Dry professionals 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’s rug cleaning process here.