Purchasing a rug for your home can be quite a costly activity, especially when you consider the amount of traffic and types of dirt it will be exposed to on a day to day basis. It can be an overwhelming task when it comes to keeping them clean and maintaining them to avoid wear and tear.
There are a number of ways in which you can control the short and long term damage done to your rug in order to keep it clean, prolong its life and make a lot less work for yourself overall.
Ideas as simple as applying a no-shoe policy in your house will go a long way in reducing the amount of damage done on your rug, instead of dirty shoes on your rugs, bare feet and socks will be a lot less damaging and will be so much gentler on your rug. If the no-shoe policy is not something you would like to adopt then you should be prepared to buy a rug of a higher quality; nylon and wool rugs are extremely durable and are amongst the options you should consider in this case. High quality doormats that help get rid of any dirt that can be brought in from outside can also be considered, any dirt on your shoes will be removed by them and you can keep your shoes on whilst walking on your rugs.
Rugs in high traffic areas such as hallways or living rooms should also be vacuumed on a regular basis so as to prevent any pieces of dirt penetrating into the fibres, making cleaning them a lot more difficult. These cleaning schedules can be anywhere between every single day to twice a week. Taking care of the dirt on a regular basis will avoid you having to do a deep and extensive clean when the dirt becomes engrained into the rug.
However, if you do not clean your rug regularly and the dirt has become too much, you might consider hiring a professional. Before you do call them out it might be a good idea to do the following to your rug to see if their services are absolutely essential. Hold your rug out at arms length from one of the corners and either beat it with a brush or kick it, if the dirt that comes out is of a high volume; it is in need of some extensive cleaning.
Take your rug out to your garden and vacuum both sides of it in any and every possible direction. The next step to take is to shampoo the rug with water and some mild detergent. Apply a soft brush with long bristles to the rug, and combined with the detergent it should release the dirt and grime engrained in it. Try not to be too vigorous as this may damage the pile on the rug. Rinse the rug with some clean water and squeeze out any excess water. Once you have done this, lay it out flat and wait till one side is dry before flipping it over.
With little bits of maintenance here and there, your rug is sure to last a long time so make sure you look after it when you can.