Installing quality rugs in your home is a significant investment that you want to guard against wear, tear and damage.
If you are wondering how your rugs are expected to last, you must know high-quality rugs when well-maintained last for more than 10 years. But unfortunately, a lot of things we do shorten the lifespan of its colours, fibres, or both.
Prevention is always better than cure. That said, to help you protect your investment, in this article, we will discuss 5 common habits that are the leading causes of rug damage.
How often do you vacuum your rug? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?
Infrequent vacuuming can lead to accumulation of dirt, debris, pet hair inside the rug’s fibre. The rug can also develop permanent dark spots, and lose its original colour and lustre.
That said, you must vacuum the rug once a week or more than that if it experiences heavier foot traffic.
In order to save the rug from dirty shoe marks, most people walk barefoot on it. But what they don’t know is that walking barefoot can degrade its material.
The natural oils and sweat from the skin gets transferred to the rug’s surface and starts attracting dust and grime from the surroundings.
That’s why it is advised to wear slippers or socks than to walk on the rug barefoot.
Leaving Stains For Later
As mentioned before, the beauty and life of the carpet depends on the care it receives. And while food and drink spillage is normal, and happens with everybody. What’s not right is not attending to them immediately.
You shouldn’t wait to clean the spill. Whatever it may be, you should blot the area with a dry cloth until its completely gone. If you wait for the spill to dry, it will go deeper inside the rug’s fibres and damage the material.
Avoiding Professional Deep Cleaning
Rugs lose their shine and colour over the years. The accumulation of pet hair, dust particles, pollen, allergens, pollutants can add to the degradation of its fibres. All this can make the rug less comfortable to walk on.
And the only solution to keep the rug in good shape is professional rug cleaning.
Not Having Carpet Rules
Stating the obvious, rugs are expensive and you should do everything you can to protect them. If you don’t already have rug rules, set it now. Whether your concern is smoking near/ on the rug, keeping the pets away from the carpeted area or something else, setting rules for everyone is a great way to maintain the rug for years to come.
Avoid these 5 habits to increase your rug’s longevity. These fixes are easy to make, and once you follow them, you can save a lot of money in the long run.