When you buy a natural fiber rug, you’re relying on its all-natural strength and durability to hold up throughout years of foot traffic and everyday wear and tear. By following these simple tips, you can lengthen the lifespan of your natural area rug to help save you time and money.
Choose the Right Rug
It’s very important that you consider the needs of yourself and your family when shopping for natural fiber rugs. If you know you want to place the rug in a bustling area — such as the living room, kitchen or hallway — that’s going to see a constant stream of foot traffic, be sure to select a rug that’s durable and strong. Busy areas can benefit from seagrass rugs or bamboo rugs thanks to their hardy constructions that can withstand constant abrasion.
You’ll also want to tailor your purchase to suit the rug’s environment. If you’re looking for the perfect rug for the kitchen, craft room or kids’ play area, you want to select the most stain-resistant option possible, like wool or cotton. Similarly, you want to be aware of the natural light levels in the room. Some rugs are less fade-resistant than others, so be sure you’re choosing a fiber that’s going to maintain its quality and color when placed in direct sunlight.
Maintenance is the Key
In order to ensure that your natural fiber rug lasts, you’ll want to closely follow care and maintenance tips specific to the rug’s fiber. As a general rule, most rugs require regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning to ensure that dirt and dust doesn’t get trapped within the rug’s fibers. Always remember to blot — never rub — liquid stains to avoid allowing the material to further absorb the dyes and coloring within the liquid.
Also be sure to tailor your rug-cleaning regimen to suit the type of rug in your home. For example, because bamboo rugs made from a flat, woody material that’s more vulnerable to scratching and chipping than some fiber rugs, you want to be sure you always keep sharp objects away from it. Additionally, you should be aware that deep cleaning some materials, such as wool, is not recommended because it may compromise the texture and quality of the yarn.
Focus on the specs
You can take preventative measures against rug damage by choosing options that have built-in features to help preserve the quality of the material. For example, many rugs (including seagrass, mountain grass and sisal rugs) are manufactured with a natural, latex backing. This helps the rug filter out fine dirt and dust, which can then be easily removed by vacuuming, to avoid causing permanent damage to the rug itself or the floors beneath.
Additionally, if you know you’re going to place the rug in an area with high foot traffic — or if you have kids or pets — you should opt for a rug that has reinforced binding that’s going to help the rug’s weave resist fringing or tearing over the life of the product. Rugs with wide, cotton or canvas borders also make maintenance and repair easier than those that do not have this feature. Furthermore, many modern natural fiber rugs are reversible, so you can actually expect to get twice the life out of a single purchase.