Area Rugs Maintenance

Area Rug Care and Maintenance

Area Rug Care and Maintenance

Area rugs can add a lot of personality to any room in your home or business. At Total Flooring Source, we have a wide variety of styles, colors, shapes and sizes available for you to pick from.

Area rugs need as much attention as any other flooring investments in the home or business. By performing regular cleaning and maintenance, rugs will continue to look and feel new for many years.

Our helpful guide will walk you through the care and maintenance of your area rugs so you’ll know what to expect in the case of accidental messes or damage.

Don’t Pamper Your Area Rugs

All rugs are designed to be walked on, regardless of their cost or construction. Avoiding walking on your new rug is akin to locking your new car in the garage and never driving it.

Not to worry, you can get the best of both worlds – a properly maintained rug will be both functional and fashionable.

With continuous usage, the top layers of pile on a rug will break, giving it a shinier and smoother appearance. Light exposure (in moderation) can even enhance a rug’s color.

In fact, when used properly handmade rugs actually can become more valuable. Because of the care with which they’re constructed, handmade rugs are not easily damaged and can be enjoyed without worry.

Buy Rug Pads

A quality rug pad is helpful both for stabilization and protection. A rug pad creates a grip for walking safely and adds extra cushion for comfort. Consult with the knowledgeable staff at Total Flooring Source about the proper padding to be placed under your rug.

Perform Routine Rug Care

Regularly vacuum your rug according to manufacturer recommendations and warranty terms and conditions. Be careful not to pull or suck any fringes.

Rotate your rug 180 degrees every few months or every year, depending on foot traffic and light exposure in your space. This will ensure that both pile and colors wear evenly.

Accidents Happen: Spills and Stains

Water spills should be dried immediately using a hairdryer set on warm. Dry both sides of the rug if possible.

For soft drinks or alcohol spills, apply salt or baking soda to absorb the color of the drink. Then vacuum the spot and use a wet towel to gently wipe the stain in the direction the pile faces. Do not scrub.

For older, set-in stains, your best bet is to take your rug to a professional rug cleaner.

Complete Washing

Be sure to have your rug washed by a professional every 2 to 5 years, depending on the type of foot traffic it receives. Special equipment is needed to fully get the dust, dirt and broken fibers out of your rug’s foundation.

You should take your rug to a rug specialist rather than general carpet cleaning companies. Please note that specific techniques and chemicals used on carpeting may not be appropriate for handmade rugs.


Repairing a handmade rug can be time-consuming and labor intensive – leading to high costs for you. When considering repairs for an antique rug, remember that it can often be better to leave collectible items in their original state. Alterations can actually reduce your rug’s value, even if it appears to be in better condition afterward.

We recommend consulting with a professional who specializes in handmade rugs before you commit to any repairs.


When storing your area rug, be sure to thoroughly clean it first and keep it in a dry location to avoid damage from heat, moisture or potential pests.

The Total Flooring Source takes the maintenance of your floors seriously, right down to your area rugs. Keep your rugs looking and feeling new, and your home or business will remain as beautiful, inviting and stylish as ever.

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