who to care for your area rugsLet’s face the facts: lots of people will walk in your home. You and you family walk all over your carpet and other flooring all day long, and so do your guests when they come over. High traffic areas like entrances, hallways, and in front of furniture have it the worse. And all of that foot traffic can cause damage to your floors. The best way to protect your expensive carpeting and hardwood floors is to cover them with an area rug. However, area rugs often aren’t cheap either and you want to keep them looking nice as well. How do you best preserve a rug that gets used quite a lot? Here are our best tips from our carpet cleaning experts.

Pick the Right Rug

The first step is to choose the right rug to begin with. A rug with neutral colors and a pattern such as multicolored speckles will disguise dirt the best. You also want to choose a rug that will hold up well over time. Nylon and wool rugs are great choices because they are quite durable. Even though they are beautiful, stay away from rugs made from more delicate materials.

Stop Dirt Before it Reaches Your Rugs

One of the easiest ways to keep rugs clean and in good condition is to keep dirt away from them. Use a welcome mat at entrances and wipe off your feet before entering. Make sure that you encourage children to do the same, as they can get quite dirty from running around outside. You might even consider requiring that shoes be taken off at the door and not worn in your house.

Vacuum Often

Vacuuming will remove dirt, which of course helps a rug look good. However, did you know that dirt can actually settle into your carpet fibers and destroy them? Vacuuming helps to prevent this as well. Vacuuming should be done with a frequency relative to how often a rug is walked on. Rug in especially high traffic areas may need to be vacuumed once a day to remove the dirt build up from that day.

Prevent and Treat Spills

Of course you want to prevent spills on your rugs as much as possible. Encourage kids to eat and drink only in the dining room so they won’t spill on the rug. Be mindful of other common sources of spills, such as coffee, nail polish, and ink and be extra careful.

If a spill does occur, be sure to treat it quickly to reduce the chance of staining. For most stains, use a damp white rag to gently dab (not rub) the spill. If you cannot remove a stain on your own, contact your local carpet cleaners, Acme Chem-Dry, for help cleaning your rugs.


With care and effort, area rugs can be kept in nice condition even if they are used frequently. If your rugs ever need a little more love, just give Acme Chem-Dry a call!