Maintaining Rugs in High Traffic AreasRugs are a great way to protect your carpets and hardwood floors from heavy traffic. However, how do you protect your rugs. Rugs themselves aren’t cheap, and you often choose them for their appearance. You don’t want heavy traffic marks ruining your beautiful (and expensive) rug. How then do you protect your rugs from heavy traffic? We have some tips to help!

Many people choose to cover high traffic areas of their carpet with throw rugs to protect the look of the carpet.  However, how do you protect the rugs from wear and tear? While it may seem an impossible task, there are actually some great tips for keeping your rugs looking their best.  With the proper care and attention, you can maintain the look of your rugs even in those high traffic areas.

Choose the Right Rug

The first step to keeping your rug looking good is to choose the right rug. Every rug is different, and different materials will hold up better than others. Thus, the type of rug that you choose will greatly influence how long it lasts and how good it looks. Nylon and wool rugs are both good choices because they are durable materials that can withstand heavy traffic. Stay away from delicate rugs such as silk, or at least save them for lower traffic areas.

Reduce Dirt 

One of the best ways to keep your rugs looking good is to reduce the amount of dirt that enters your home. Dirt is the biggest reason that rugs get dark spots, and even though you may think that your shoes aren’t dirty, small amounts of dirt build up over time. One of the best ways to do this is to stop it at the door. Use a mat on both sides of all of the doors in your home and teach your kids to wipe off their shoes when entering the home. Even better is to take your shoes off at the door. This will greatly reduce the amount of dirt in your home and thus that enter your rugs.

Keep Your Rugs Clean

You can’t completely eliminate dirt entering your home. That’s where your vacuum comes in. Vacuuming will remove the dirt in your carpets and help them look cleaner. The more often you walk on your rug, the more often you should vacuum your rug. This might even mean vacuuming every day to keep your rugs clean.

Vacuuming will help you to remove most of the dirt, but it won’t get rid of all the dirt, germs, and other things that might settle in your rugs. A professional rug cleaner will be able to get your rugs clean as new and keep them in great shape for longer.

Treat Spills Immediately

When a rug is in a high traffic area, it’s likely that your rugs will get spilled on every once in a while. Be sure to take care of spills as they occur. Most spills can be handled by blotting the spot with a damp paper towel if you catch it quickly enough. However, you let stains sit, the harder they will be to remove. Take care of stains right away if you want any chance of removing them.


With proper care, you can keep your rugs looking nice and in good shape, even if you walk on them all day long. If you need more help caring for your rugs in the Sioux Falls area, our professional rug cleaning experts can help!