Many people choose to cover high-traffic areas of their carpet with throw rugs to protect the carpet itself.  But how do you protect these rugs from wear and tear?

While it may seem an unlikely ideal, it’s not.

There are ways to keep your rugs looking prime.  With the right amount of care and attention, you can maintain your rugs’ looks, even in those high-traffic areas.

Select the Right Materials.

You’ve got more to decide on than simply what color you like when it comes to selecting an area rug.

Your rug’s material is a huge factor in how it will perform over time. Choose a material that is durable and long lasting.   Nylon and wool rugs are great options. They offer a very durable material that can withstand heavy traffic.

Prevent. Prevent. Prevent.

Reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enter your home.

It’s a no-brainer, but following this preventive step will go a long ways towards getting the most out of your rugs. Use walk-off mats at your entryways to eliminate much of the dirt that gets dragged in on shoes. If possible, you should consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep soil from coming taking up residence.

Vacuum Frequently.

For the dirt that does make it into your house, attack it with the vacuum.

Vacuuming removes dirt before it actually settles into the fibers. The more foot traffic that an area endures, the more often you need to vacuum.  You might even go so far as to vacuum daily in order to keep dirt and soil at bay.

Take Immediate Action on Spills.

Spills happen.

They’re not the end of the world.

Areas that are subject to a lot of traffic are also more likely to experience spills. When a spill does occur, be sure to act immediately. If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area. The sooner that you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain. Applying a professional protectant to your rugs to make clean up even easieris a smart approach as well.

Keeping rugs and carpets clean in high-traffic areas requires routine maintenance and efficient cleaning methods.

It’s well worth it, though.

With the proper care, you can keep your rugs, and your home, looking bright and clean.

However, if you find that your rug has lost its original beauty, Clean Living Chem-Dry‘s professionals are trained to clean virtually all types of rugs. From Oriental to Persian – the type doesn’t matter. Clean Living Chem-Dry uses specialized tools and equipment that are designed for whatever kind of rug you have. Find out more about Clean Living Chem-Dry‘s rug cleaning process here.