Area Rug Guides

Care & Maintenance

Keep your area rugs looking and feeling plush!

As with any floor covering, your new area rug is an investment. As such, you'll want to take at least a few basic steps on a routine basis to help it stay plush and vibrant. Fortunately, proper rug care doesn't have to be hard! Follow these simple care tips from the experts at Patina Studios.

Daily care & maintenance

Your maintenance routine can start with prevention. Have guests & family members remove their shoes before entering your home & walking across rugs to minimize the amount of dirt that gets brought in and ground into your rugs. Even the smallest particles of grit can wear on rug fibers over time.

Place protective pads under the legs of all furniture and be cautious when relocating heavy items. Don’t drag or drop furniture on your rugs. You should also limit your rugs’ exposure to direct UV light from the sun.

Vacuum once or twice a week using a manufacturer-approved appliance, or more often if your rug is regularly subjected to heavy foot traffic.

If you’re cleaning a shag rug, it’s important to protect the long, cable-like yarns when vacuuming. These yarns can wrap around your vacuum’s beater bar or rotator brush or become damaged from the movement of the brush itself. Consult your vacuum manual to disconnect the beater bar before vacuuming, then turn your machine to its lowest height setting to achieve the best suction. You can increase efficiency by using a carpet rake to loosen soil in your rug’s fibers before vacuuming.

Dealing with spills & stains

As careful as you are, your rug will still likely fall victim to the occasional spill or stain, especially if you have high-energy children or pets in your home! You’ll find many rugs in our online store with stain-resistant technology built right into the fibers, but it’s still important to properly address spills as soon as possible after they occur. The sooner you act, the better chance you’ll have of preventing a spill from becoming a stubborn stain.

Check your manufacturer’s care guidelines to determine if a spill or stain is either water-based or oil-based before proceeding with removal attempts.

You can also have stains removed professionally using the hot water extraction method, or on your own with self-shampoo. If you choose the latter approach, be sure to follow all manufacturer guidelines, if applicable. Never use bleach on a rug, and never attempt to dry clean it.