The Ultimate Guide to Storing and Maintaining Your Rug Properly

Posted September 8, 2021 by in Home
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Rugs are a beautiful and functional addition to any room. They can make your home feel more inviting and cozy, as well as keep it clean by trapping dirt. But if you don’t maintain your rug properly, the fibers will weaken and damage, leading to bald spots or even total fiber loss over time.

Do you want to keep your rug in its best condition? Then it’s time to learn how to store and maintain your rug. Many different things can happen to a rug, which is why it’s important not only for the appearance and interior of your home but also for the longevity of your rug.

Here are some helpful tips on storing and maintaining your beautiful and best area rugs:

Vacuum Daily

The first step in keeping your rug looking its best is to vacuum it daily. If you have a large rug, this will take some time and effort, but the result of this hard work will be well worth it! Try vacuuming in different directions with circular motions to ensure that all rug parts are being thoroughly cleaned. If you can’t remember when the last time you vacuumed your rug was, it’s probably been too long. Do not use a beater bar on the front of the vacuum, as this will snag and pull at the fibers in your rug.

You should also avoid using an upright or canister style of vacuum unless it has a “bare floor” option because these vacuums have rotating brush bars that can damage or snag your rug. Only vacuum once a week and avoid using the beater bar when vacuuming, especially on delicate rugs!

Remove Dust and Dirt

To keep your rug looking new and reduce friction between the fibers of your rug, you’ll want to dust it regularly. Make sure that you only use a clean, dry cloth when removing dirt from your rug, as water can damage some types of rugs by causing mold or mildew growth. Regularly removing dust and dirt stains will also help extend the life of your rug by preventing matting. If your rug has dirt and dust particles embedded in it, regular cleaning and brushing will release them and help get your rug cleaner.

Wash Your Rug

It’s best not to wash oriental or hand-knotted rugs yourself, as this can damage the rug’s fibers and cause it to unravel. If you’re up for a quick challenge, take your rug professionally cleaned by an expert cleaner.

It’s also important not to wash or dry clean any silk rugs as these processes will make them unusable and may even ruin the color in some cases. You want to make sure the rug can come back to its original color after cleaning, so if you’re unsure of what type your rug may be or how it should be cleaned, take it to an expert for help.

Make It Shine With Oil

If washing isn’t an option for you, but dirt and dust are still visible on your rug, you can make it shine again with natural oil. Olive, coconut, jojoba, and other plant oils are all great options for this type of application. Place the rug outside in sunlight or near a window to let the sun heat the fibers slightly.

Because these rugs are handmade, applying too much pressure while cleaning could cause damage, so using a lint roller or cloth to apply the oil is your safest bet.

Sprucing Up With Vinegar

For something more modern than plant oils, try adding white vinegar to your cleaning mix instead. Add two cups white vinegar and ¼ cup dish soap into a bucket filled with water. Use a soft cloth to scrub the rug from top to bottom, then rinse with clean water.

Vinegar is excellent for getting rid of stains, especially when combined with dish soap.

Mist Away Mildew and Dirt

If your rug has started to smell like mildew or dirt—no matter how clean you think it is—you might be dealing with excess moisture in the fibers rather than actual grime. To fix this problem, sprinkle baking soda over the rug. Then use your vacuum’s upholstery tool to rub the baking soda into all of the fibers until it has been completely absorbed or rinsed away. This will help absorb excess moisture, remove odors, and kill mildew spores.

Spot Clean

If something spills on your rug, blot the affected area with a clean white cloth using as little water as possible. If you need to rinse out something like red wine, use cold (never hot) running water—hot water can set stains. Spot cleaning your rug is preferred because it will help you avoid extra wear and tear on the fibers. Don’t use detergents or chemicals when cleaning your rug’. You could damage the colors of the thread or even bleach them out completely.

You should also never try to clean a stained area by rubbing it with a dry cloth, as this can damage the fibers and spread the stain. Spot cleaning makes your rug look fresh and odorless.

When it comes to spot cleaning, you’ve probably heard that salt or plain white vinegar can help remove tough stains like red wine or grape juice from your rug. This is true for these difficult stains but not all—especially if they aren’t fresh!

Rotation and Sunlight

If you have a large rug, it is important to rotate it every few months to keep the wear even throughout its surface. You should also avoid direct sunlight that may fade colors over time! For smaller rugs, always make sure they are vacuumed regularly. Vacuum cleaners are the best way to get rid of dust, dirt, and allergens that can cause unwanted problems later down the road!


An excellent way to make sure that all parts of your rugs are beautiful, clean, and well-maintained is to wash them! If you have short time or resources, then make sure that they are vacuumed regularly. When cleaning your rug in general (to remove spots), there are some products available at home centers—but be careful when using these as they may fade colors over time!

For smaller rugs, always make sure that they are vacuumed regularly. Vacuum cleaners are the best way to get rid of dust, dirt, and allergens that can cause unwanted problems later down the road!

All in all, a rug is a beautiful addition to any room. Whether you are looking for an accent piece or something that will cover many square feet of your flooring needs, there is the perfect one out there waiting for you! We hope this guide has helped make it easier to store and maintain your rugs properly, so they always look their best.

Keep these valuable tips in mind when shopping around for a new Moroccan rugs, too – we have hundreds of different options available at Rug Knots if you need some inspiration!

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*We teamed up with Rug Knots for this post.