Area Rugs FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions About Area Rugs

Are area rugs okay for people with allergies?

Scientific research has shown that carpet fibers can help people with allergies by trapping particles that would normally be airborne. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it’s recommended that you vacuum both side of your area rug using a high quality HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove irritating particles.

Can I beat my area rug to clean it?

Beating rugs can cause the woven threads to loosen, and you can damage the rug backing of the rug. It’s better to carefully vacuum both sides of your rug. If the rug is small enough to lift, you can first take it outside to shake off excess dirt.

Can I place an area rug over my carpet?

Adding a rug over existing carpeting can introduce a whole new look into a room for little effort. An area rug is also a beautiful way to hide a stained section of flooring. Just make sure the carpet you’re covering up is low-pile to keep the area rug from shifting.

Do I have to use an area rug pad?

A pad helps your area rug last longer by keeping it securely in place. Even subtle movement across the floor adds wear and tear to rug fibers. It also prevents premature flattening of area rugs by absorbing the weight of foot traffic and furniture. But the wrong pad can damage your floors by staining or adhering. Talk to us about using the right area rug pad for your needs.

How can I prevent sun from damaging my area rug?

Aside from keeping your windows shaded during strong sunlight hours, you can also rotate your area rug. Do this yearly or more often to help even wear patterns and prevent uneven fading. When rugs are exposed to the sun evenly, the colors harmonize and the rug ages nicely. If parts of the rug receive too much or too little of sun, one side might fade faster than the other.