How to Keep Your Oriental Rug Clean During the Winter Months

Fine, hand-woven, heirloom and oriental rugs provide elements of décor and serve as an aesthetic focal point for any room. They often carry family or cultural significance and add a sense of comfort to the home.

These rugs can be quite difficult to maintain, however, especially during winter months. The cleanliness and crispness is often compromised by regular footpaths and children and pets running around in and out the house. The rugs are the perfect places for dirt, snow and mud to land and accumulate.

Follow these simple preparations before winter arrives and throughout the season to ensure your rugs remain in good condition.

Use Welcome Mats in Front of Doors

This is a very simple, inexpensive and instant way to decrease the dirt that enters your home. Quality mats are not merely for decoration. They are the first defense for maintaining your carpets, hardwood floors and rugs from tracked-in messes. All kinds of particles, including coal tar, pesticides, deicers, fleas, pollens, bacteria and snow melt can find their way into your home on the bottoms of shoes, but a quality mat absorbs most of the moisture and soil even before someone steps through the door.

Add a Boot Tray by the Entryways

A better way to keep your rugs clean is to remove shoes upon entering the house. In many places around the world, this is customary practice. Providing a boot tray outside or just inside the entryway encourages your guests to remove their shoes and reminds forgetful family members. The tray keeps footwear in a designated space, rather than spread throughout the hallway, and captures any dirt and snowmelt in one easy-to-clean area. As for your flooring and rugs, they are kept unscathed from the winter elements.

Vacuum Regularly

The aforementioned tips are great ways to prevent most of the moisture and dirt from accumulating on your floors and oriental rugs. However, it is almost impossible to eliminate all particles from entering the home—especially for those with regular visitors, children and pets. To prevent fiber damages and maintain cleanliness, vacuum rugs regularly. It is not only a good idea for cleanliness and aesthetics, but also for your family’s health.

Before hosting a holiday party and after the winter season is through are ideal times of the year to consider having your rug professionally cleaned. RugSpa will return your rug in pristine condition, ready for more entertaining and family living.

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