Save or Replace?

Finding a suitable area rug could prove quite difficult, especially when you want it to match the theme of the interior of your home. However, just like carpeting, area rugs do need to be replaced eventually, regardless of how often you clean them and how well you maintain them. Now with that being said, an old area rug can dramatically affect the feel and look of your homes interior. Although you should do everything in your power to maintain your area rug, there are a few telltale signs that it may be time to start shopping for a new one.

  1. Wear and Tear. Just like clothing, when a rug becomes worn, it’s hard to miss. Where you decide to lay down your area rug has a direct correlation with its lifespan, right in front of the front door would obviously have more foot traffic as opposed to laying it down in the living room under furniture. Although you can’t do much about the level of foot traffic, you can make sure you’re using the appropriate cleaning solutions to pick up the dirt and dust that rest in the rug. The wrong cleaning materials can damage the rug and make the fibers irreparable.
  2. If your rug has collected stains that have proven impossible to remove, then it’s time to get a new one. Although you can clean the stains as they happen, it will eventually get to a point where you’ve cleaned it as much as you could and the rug has begun to wear down. When it comes to the point that even a professional can’t remove the stain, then it’s time you start looking for something new.
  3. Persistent Smell. Area rugs that sit in high humidity rooms develop mold overtime, area rugs in cooler rooms still have a chance of developing mildew. Either way, if you’re unable to rid your rug of the odor, it’s time for a new one. Another smell indicator is if you’re allergy symptoms are growing worse because that means the rug has collected too many allergens and pollen which are agitating your allergens.

Although you can perform a routine cleaning on the rug, vacuuming it will keep down the chances of a smell developing or unattractive wear. However, if you think it’s time you need a new rug and want to jazz it up a bit, come and visit our showroom on 1440 Purchase St in New Bedford and check out what we have in store.

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