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How to Care for Your Area Rugs

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Nothing makes your house feel more like a home than an area rug. An area rug can be a staple piece in your home, and taking good care of it is important. Area rug cleaning is just as important as carpet cleaning. When they are properly taken care of, area rugs can have a long life. Below, we will briefly discuss a few tips on how to care for your area rugs.

Cleaning Up Spills

If you spill something on your area rug, it’s crucial to clean it up immediately. When cleaning up a spill, you want to blot and dab the stain. Your first instinct when you have a spill on your rug is to frantically rub the stain until it dries. However, rubbing the stain will only push it deeper into the rug. Use a dry towel to pick up any solids that were dropped, and then dab the area as much as you can. Use warm water on the area, and dab it up with a towel. Once the area has dried, you can then vacuum over the spot.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

It can be difficult to keep your area rug away from direct sunlight; however, limiting the amount of exposure your rug gets is key. Sunlight exposure can eventually break down the rug’s color, and it can also break down the fibers in your area rug- which causes them to become brittle and weak over time. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid direct sunlight to your area rug such as using window curtains, placing your rug in a semi-shaded area, and continuously changing the direction of your rug so there’s not simply one faded spot.


Area rug cleaning is crucial before you put it in storage. Before you store it, you should treat the rug with moth repellent. Make sure you roll the rug tightly. Never use plastic to wrap your rug in, because it needs to be able to breathe- use paper or cloth. Always store it in a dark and cool place.

Rotate Your Rug

There are a few reasons why you should rotate your rug periodically. You may have a part of your rug that gets more traffic than the rest of your rug, or a part of your rug is sitting under furniture. Flip the direction occasionally, so the rest of your rug gets an even amount of wear. If part of your rug is getting more sunlight exposure than the rest, rotate it so you can even out the discoloration from the sun.


Vacuuming your area rug is essential; however, knowing how to vacuum your area rug correctly is just as important. Vacuuming is needed to remove hair, dirt, and debris. A few tips when vacuuming the area rug include passing the vacuum over the rug slowly, going over the rug multiple times, and using the highest setting.

 Just like your carpet, make sure you take care of your area rug so it has a long life. For carpet cleaning and restoration, make sure you contact Endy’s Carpet Cleaning.

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