If you’ve recently bought an area rug that you love, and want to know how to protect it from damage, you are in the right place. Below, we give you some tips on extending the lifespan of your area rug.

Rotate Your Rug Every One To Two Years

You should rotate your rug every one to two years so that you can evenly distribute the wear and tear.

The Importance of Vacuuming

Regular vacuuming is the best way to extend the lifespan of your area rug. After purchasing your rug, make sure you research the rug type in order to make sure that you are vacuuming it properly.

Put Padding Under Your Rug

Putting padding under your rug will not only protect your floor but also increase comfort.

Minimize Dirt Traffic

You should try to minimize dirt traffic by adding a welcome mat to prevent people from dragging in the dirt. You can also try enforcing a no-shoe policy to stop dirt from coming into the home altogether. 

Prevent Moisture Build-Up

In order to prevent moisture build-up and odour, you should hang your rug out to dry for several hours every few months, or every time your rug gets exposed to moisture.


When storing your rug, especially a heavy wool one, you should have it professionally cleaned and wrapped and then stored in a climate-controlled space in order to prevent damage.

Read Your Care Tags

Make sure that you read the care tag and keep it intact, so you can refer to it when wanting to perform a deep clean on your rug.

Small Rugs Vs Large Rugs

Smaller rugs, like those you find at entrances, can be difficult to clean and vacuum. To maintain them, take them outside and shake them until the dust and dirt are no longer noticeable. You can also hang them up and beat them with a broom in order to remove built-up dirt and dust. You can clean large area rugs the same way that you would clean a wall-to-wall carpet. Oriental rugs made with specialty materials, on the other hand, will require special care.

Dry Cleaning

Before taking your rug to the dry cleaners, make sure that you read the care labels to determine what is the best way to have your rug cleaned (i.e. dry cleaned, spot-cleaned, or laundered). If you own a rug that appears to be washable but is labelled as dry cleaning, that may mean that it is not colourfast.


If you determine that you can wash your rug, make sure that you set your washing machine to delicate. 

For all of your rug needs, contact us at Royal Carpet Cleaning. Let us help you bring your carpet back to life.

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