The holidays have come again, and the last thing you need to worry about is protecting your beautiful oriental rugs when you entertain. You could always roll up and store your rugs for the holiday season. But that option deprives everyone of enjoying them—and your floors would look dreadfully bare. Instead of keeping family and guests away from your rugs entirely, here are some steps you can take to limit damage.
Apply area rug protectant – Materials like wool and cotton are very absorbent and soak up liquids easily. Applying a protectant helps these fibers repel moisture and may prevent spills from staining. Consult a professional like Ayoub N&H™ Carpet & Rugs to ensure that you are getting the right product for your rug. For expensive oriental rugs, have the treatment applied by a professional.
Remove shoes – Make your home a socks-only zone and politely ask guests to remove their shoes to decrease the amount of mud and debris brought in from outside. You could even gift your guests with a new pair of fuzzy socks at the door to keep their feet toasty!
Clean spills immediately – If a spill happens, promptly pick up solids and blot as much liquid as you can with a clean cloth (never scrub!) While some rugs can handle gentle cleansers, dissolving the contents of the spill with warm water is the safest solution. Just spray, blot, and repeat until clean.
Get a professional cleaning – After all of the entertaining is over, a professional cleaning from Ayoub N&H™ Carpet & Rugs can help remove any lingering spills and excess dirt that may have accumulated through the season. Experts in rug care can handle many common stains and leave your rug looking lovely again.
Protecting your rug and knowing what to do when the inevitable happens will make the winter season a little more stress-free. Happy Holidays from our family at Ayoub N&H™ Carpet & Rugs!