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Learn more about area rug care and maintenance today


You just bought a gorgeous area rug that ties your whole living room together. Now you need to keep it around for the long haul with proper care and maintenance. With regular cleaning, your rug should stay plush and colorful for years, so take a look at some maintenance tips from Piedmont Floor Show experts.

The most important part of your rug's regular care is vacuuming on a consistent basis. Removing dust and dirt with a vacuum is the surest way to keep it bright, soft, and healthy. If you spot a loose fiber sprouting out, cut it from the base instead of ripping it out, and be sure to do so before you start the vacuum, or it could tangle the beater bar. Doormats placed at entryways can also lessen the amount of dirt tracked onto your rugs.

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Dry Stains

To clean up dry stains left by soil, food, or something similar, scoop up as much solid material as you can before blotting the area rug with a damp rag. Don't wipe the stain as that will spread it.

Tough Stains

For tough stains, blot gently using a paper towel and a gentle, non-abrasive cleaning solution. Start along the edges of the stain and work your way inward, so the stain doesn't spread.

Bonus Tips

The longer you leave a stain, the deeper it will seep into the fibers, so clean spills as soon as they happen. If you're unsure about your usual cleaning solution, consult your manufacturer's guide.

Area Rug Pads

Rug pads keep your household rugs from bunching up, slipping, and sliding when you step on them. Not only do rug pads keep your area rug in one place, but they also add a comfortable layer of padding that keeps the floor underneath clean and safe from scratches. The thicker the cushion on your rug pad, the more comfort and protection you gain.

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