Suitable for use with carpeted floors and hard flooring options, rugs are an easy way to lift the appearance of a room. Of course, as with any type of floor covering, it is important that they are kept in decent condition.

1. Rug care

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As a general rule rugs are very easy to look after; the type of pile or weave used with the fabric will determine the type of care that is required.

What are the best rugs for homes with pets?

If you have pets then loop pile rugs are not recommended as the threads can get pulled by claws; distorting the shape and change the appearance of the rug. There are plenty of other cut pile rugs which can be used instead and these are just as comfortable as loop pile options for those seeking something soft underfoot.

Do I need to use underlay with my rugs?

Rugs do not need underlay in the same way that carpets, vinyl or laminate flooring do. However, the backing of your rug is important. Rubber or non-slip backs should always be used with hard floors like vinyl or laminate to prevent the rug from sliding out of place and causing a trip hazard. If the rug you choose doesn’t have a suitable backing then you can always buy specialist non-slip underlay for rugs. You simply place it beneath to provide a firm, non-slip bond between the rug and the floor.

Will furniture leave dents in my rug?

Placing heavy furniture on your rug can leave dents and marks on the surface. This can be avoided by moving the furniture to a new position periodically or by using felt pads and cushions beneath the feet or legs or furniture. If you are worried about indentations then keep furniture off of your rugs altogether.

2. Cleaning and repairing rugs

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Rugs need to be regularly cleaned to keep them looking in top condition. It’s important that you know the best way to do this and are always aware of how to repair any damage to the carpet fibres which may occur over its lifetime.

How should you clean a rug?

Rugs can be cleaned in much the same way as standard carpets or floors. Loose debris and dirt can be swept away with a stiff brush or a vacuumed using a cleaner with an appropriate attachment. They can also be taken outside and beaten with a rug brush to remove any loose particles and dust.

For a deeper clean, you can wash rugs in the same way as carpets by using a steam cleaner with a suitable attachment or carpet shampoo. Always refer to the manufacturers instructions on the reverse of the rug before cleaning.

How often do rugs need to be cleaned?

Like other types of flooring, your rug should be cleaned regularly. Vacuuming or sweeping should be done once per week for moderate to busy households while a more thorough wash can take place less frequently.

The type of rug you choose will also affect how often it needs cleaning as lighter coloured rugs will show dirt more easily while the type of pile used may also attract more dirt.

How do you remove difficult stains on rugs?

To avoid stains on your rugs you should always clean any spills as soon as they occur, remembering to blot the affected area with a damp, colourfast towel instead of rubbing. Rubbing the spill will only push the stain further into the fibres.

In incidences where it is not possible to treat the spillage immediately or it has gone unnoticed you can remove difficult stains by using cleaning agents or detergents. You should always read the label of these first to ensure they are safe for use in the home and on your rug – especially if you have children and pets. Always test a small area of the rug first to make sure it does not fade or lighten the colour.

Simply apply the detergent to the stain with a damp, plain cloth and blot with medium pressure. You should then dry the area with a paper towel or a clean cloth before vacuuming the surface.

Alternatively, you can use a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner to give the whole rug a more thorough clean and lift the stain out of the fibres.

These cleaning instructions are given as a guide only. If your rug cannot be properly cleaned at home you should seek the help of a professional cleaner.

Can damaged rugs be repaired?

Depending on the type of rug and the type of damage, a repair may be possible. Loose or pulled fibres, for example, can often be rethreaded but it’s important that you know what your doing or speak to a professional.

Worn or faded patches of a rug cannot be repaired so you may want to consider placing your rug out of direct sunlight and rotating its position periodically to try and even the wear and tear it receives from passing traffic.

3. Rug safety

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There are many safety aspects to consider when adding rugs to your home with the most important being their position within your home. When placing rugs on hard floors such as vinyl, laminate, wood or tiles you should ensure the backing is rubber or non-slip. Alternatively, use non-slip rug underlay to prevent your rug from sliding on the surface of your floor and posing a trip or fall hazard.

When choosing the position for your rug, make sure it is not in an area where it may cause an obstacle. This means keeping it away from the edges of furniture such as dining chairs which may get caught on the edges when being pulled out to use. You should also avoid having the edge of your rug too close to doorways and entrance points due to the risk it could pose as a trip hazard.

Always ensure your rugs lay perfectly flat on the floor with no lumps or bumps under the surface that could cause people to trip or fall.

Although all rugs and flooring at Carpetright are tested for fire safety, you should never expose mats to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, fires or naked flames.

Do you also need a carpet or vinyl after care guides? Find more helpful tips in our guides section.