The holidays are here, and the team at The Carpet Stop in Austin, TX can’t wait to celebrate safely at home with our loved ones! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve should be full of moments to cherish without having to worry about our floors or our stylish area rugs throughout our homes. No matter what you’re serving on your menu or what fun you have in mind, you can take proper steps to keep your home sparkling and handle any accidents with ease. At Rugs.Shop, we have the styles, shapes, materials, and patterns that you can use to beautify your rooms and protect your floors underneath. Here are some of our most valuable tips to keep your rugs protected over the holidays.
Prep Ahead of Time
It always pays to be prepared and keeping our rugs looking pristine through the holidays is no exception! A rug protectant can help provide armor before stains ever occur by creating blockers that won’t allow spills to seep in. Check with your rug manufacturer beforehand since cotton, nylon, wool, and silk rugs will all have different care considerations. You can always place a shoe rack by your front door to encourage anyone to remove their footwear when they enter the home. This is a surefire way to minimize the presence of dirt, debris, and winter slush that’s tracked indoors. If you have your Christmas tree up, make sure to place a mat underneath to prevent any tree sap and pine needles from traveling onto your rugs. It may also be wise to keep your pets limited to specific areas if they tend to get excited during gatherings, however small.
Typically, during the holidays, you will have more people in your home than usual. That makes routine vacuuming even more important! Vacuuming once a week, as well as before and after your guests arrive, will help prevent dirt and pet hair build-up, stains, odors, and discoloration. As old-fashioned as it may sound, shaking your rugs outside to remove dirt always helps, especially with thicker, shaggier rug constructions. Rotate your rugs occasionally to help them wear more evenly and reduce fading. All of these steps will help your rugs resist holiday foot traffic and general wear-and-tear.
Spill & Spot Treatment
The last thing you want to do during a holiday celebration is stress over food or drink that is spilled. Just make sure to properly clean spills immediately if and when they occur, and review the care guidelines of your rugs ahead of time. Generally speaking, you don’t want to rub or scrub a spill which is easy to do in the moment. Start by gently removing any solid substance from your rug and then gently blot any liquid spill with a clean, dry rag, moving from the outside of the spill towards the center. You can always remove rugs from areas where eating and drinking will primarily take place but as long as you are ready, you have no reason to panic!
After Holiday Care
Once your holiday get-togethers have passed, take a moment to assess if you want to get your rugs professionally cleaned. You can do this as a precaution or in the instance that there a major spill or substance that was beyond your cleaning capabilities. There’s a good chance that it will only take one call and visit from a professional cleaner to restore all of your rugs to their glory! If this is a step that you want to take, it’s wise to complete it as soon as the holidays are over to help prevent any rug damage from setting in permanently.
With the holidays right around the corner, you may want to purchase a new rug or two through our to give your favorite rooms a design refresh. Make sure to take advantage of the best deals of the season during the Black Friday Week Sale with up to 70% savings plus FREE shipping* on every rug on the site through December 2nd!