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Care And Maintenance
Area Rugs

Rug care and maintenance tips from Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care

Area Rug Care and Maintenance

It has been said that an Oriental rug doesn't wear out; instead, it is more likely that an area rug may "wear out" several generations of its owners! With proper care and maintenance, you can pretty much guarantee that your beautiful rug will become a cherished family heirloom.

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Padding is a Must

The first step in caring for your oriental rug is installing proper padding. Padding muffles the sound of footsteps and prevents the rug from sliding on smooth flooring.

More importantly, padding helps protect your rug from incessant crushing between shoe heels and flooring. The proper padding is no more than one-half inch thick and is just smaller than the rug itself. Types of padding available include rubber, high-density foam, needle- punch poly-propylene and rubberized hair/jute. There are many quality and affordable kinds of rug padding available to protect your area rug.

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Regular Maintenance

Wool fibres tend to keep everyday dirt particles toward the surface. As you walk on the rug, however, these dirt particles can be forced down into the nap of the wool and begin to cut into the wool strands.

Regular weekly vacuuming removes surface dirt before it settles into the rug. Vacuum in the direction of the rug's pile (determined by running your hand across the rug: it will feel smooth in one direction and coarse in the other - vacuum in the smooth direction.)

You can also extend the life of your oriental rug by rotating it 180 degrees every year or two. This helps to even out the effects of traffic and sunlight.

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Periodic Inspection

It is important that you periodically inspect your rugs for unusual signs of wear, stains, fraying, moth damage, and tears.

Detecting damage early and having it professionally corrected can save you a lot of headaches down the line. Stains left to set can cause irreparable damage and even small holes and tears will grow over time.

If you happen to find unusual damage to your prized rug, call on the professionals at Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care for expert repair and stain removal services.

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Professional Cleaning

No matter how hard you may try to avoid them, dirt and stains will occur. From time to time it is important to get your valuable area rugs professionally cleaned. Regular cleanings not only ensure that your rugs are clean, but provide an opportunity for a professional to inspect your rug.

If your rugs haven't been professionally cleaned in the last year or so, call today! Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care. offers free pickup and delivery of your valuable rugs anywhere in the GTA.