Direct sunlight & excessive heat
The greatest threat for rug fading is from your windows and glass doors that are southwest facing. This can evolve noticeable fading damage in as little as six months, so your best bet is to place it to the central position in a room, as opposed to next to the windows. Majority of rug warranties will generally exclude colour fading as a manufacturing defect for this particular reason.
Unfortunately, moths love rugs! They are known for feasting on the wool fibres.
If your rug is regularly cleaned, laid out and mothproofed, this will significantly reduce the chances of moth infestation. If you are storing your rug away, avoid wrapping it in plastic and just dumping it in a shaded, hot and humid space. Another way to lower the chance of your rugs being infested by moths is to opt for a rug with a lower pile (Mad Men Griff by Louis De Poortere or Asko by Linie Design) are less likely to be infested by moths.
Beating of the rug
If your rug is not too heavy to lift, begin by shaking it outside, then place it over a clothesline and beat it (preferably on the back of the rug). Completing this step will make the next stage (vacuuming) a little easier for you.
Dirt and dust gets caught in rugs easily, therefore it is important for the lifespan of your rug to vacuum it regularly; we recommend at least once a week, however the more foot fall over your rug, the more often it will need vacuuming. Due to their dense pile, hand-knotted rugs are particularly good at hiding dirt, whilst rugs with a flatter surface such as Mad Men Jacobs Ladder, ensure dirt, dust and crumbs are easily cleaned rather than being trapped.
An anti-slip mat under your rug will not only protect the rug itself but also your flooring. Their purpose is to prevent your rug from slipping when placed on hard flooring.
Rotate your rug
Foot traffic is the fastest way a rug gets damaged. Stepping on a rug over and over again (especially with outdoor shoes on), will lead to wear and tear in these places, therefor a good idea would be rotate your rug now and again to ensure it wears evenly.
Natural materials such as wool and jute are prone to rotting if left in damp conditions; therefore rugs should be laid out or stored in a clean and dry place.
How can I get the damp smell out of my rug?
- Begin by vacuuming the affected area as soon as possible.
- Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of warm water.
- Pour this vinegar and warm water solution into a spray bottle, then apply to the rug.