Finding the perfect area rug can be a challenge, especially when you want it to mesh with a majority 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.
3 Signs That You Need a New Area Rug
- Wear and Tear. When a rug becomes worn, it’s hard to miss. The location of your area rug makes all the difference because if it’s right inside the front door, it’ll see more foot traffic than if it were in the living room with furniture on top of it. 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.
- If your area rug is collecting stains that are becoming difficult 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. If you want to enlist the help of professional rug cleaners and they can’t even remove the stains, then it’s time you start looking for something new.
- Persistent Smell. Area rugs that sit in a room with a higher humidity level can develop mold overtime, and for the area rugs in cooler rooms, there’s still the chance of mildew that will develop overtime. Either way, if your carpet is beginning to give off an odor that you cannot remove, you want to look 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 Carpet Culture showroom in New York City. We’ll make sure that we guide you in the right design direction while still giving you an area rug with a long life expectancy.