Area rugs are beautiful, and often very expensive additions to your home but they can take quite the beating with people and pets trampling over them over time. You should know how to properly clean and maintain them in order to keep them looking new as long as possible.
Vacuum your area rug frequently and properly. Remove all furniture from them and vacuum the surface. Then flip the rug over and vacuum the back of the rug. Flip it back over and make one more pass on the right side. Do this at least on a weekly basis. It may look like a lot of work but it will not take long and the life your rug will get from doing it regularly makes it worth the hassle.
Don’t run your vacuum over the fringe. It will start to look curly and stringy and it will loosen the fringe from the rug. You could also pull out chunks of them and end up damaging your vacuum as well.If your rug has fringe, use the curtain cleaning tool on your vacuum.
Keep supports underneath the rug where the legs of furniture rest (tiles work fine) to keep legs from indenting the rug too much. You can also rotate your rug every 6 months or so to keep the furniture from poking the same part of the rug all the time. If you’d rather move around your furniture for a change of pace, that will be equally as effective.
Periodically have your area rugs professionally cleaned (especially those in high traffic areas).
Don’t beat your rugs. This causes the woven threads to loosen and you can damage the backing of the rug.
Don’t use carpet shampoos or sprays. They usually end up attracting more dirt and machines with brushes can damage your rugs. Drenching an area rug with water is not a good idea for the rug or for the flooring underneath.