The best way to increase the lifetime of your rug is by caring for it properly. Check with your rug's manufacturer for specific cleaning guidelines. In the meantime, here are three universal tips that make a big difference.
Vacuuming or Shaking
Regular vacuuming or shaking of your rug is an essential step to keeping your rug clean and strong. Dirt particles in the rug fibers act as abrasives that can begin to break down the rug over time. This preventative measure can also ease the discomfort of those with allergies.
Rotating your rug every six months will guard against uneven wear from foot traffic paths and furniture weight.
Rug pads are absolutely necessary for every area rug. In addition to preventing rugs from slipping, the right rug pad will extend the life of your rug and protect your floors. Rug pads provide extra cushion to your rug, prevent uneven wear, and will help in dampening sound.
Open-weave/waffle non-slip rug pads are thin and will not offer much cushion, but are great beneath area rugs where thickness may be a problem, such as under a door. In addition to helping with slippage, a more premium rug pad improves the feel of a rug. Instead of rubber, they are often made of needle-punched fabric that grips well on both hard surfaces and carpet. A singed rug pad helps grip an area rug when it's laid over wall-to-wall carpet. Felt padding is the thickest and is very soft. It's usually not recommended over wall-to-wall carpet because it creates a floor covering that is too plush and the rug will not be able to support pressure without being destroyed.