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How to Take Care of Your Vintage Rugs - Level 1 Maintenance


Did you know that there are different levels of rug maintenance?  I like to think of vacuuming as the most basic and refer to it as Level 1 care.

Depending on your personal preference of cleanliness and how worn the rug is, I recommend vacuuming it on a fairly regular schedule, which looks different for everyone.  We have two cats and three people living in our house, so the amount of dust and cat hair that accumulates on a daily basis can be shocking.  There are times when we have to vacuum daily, if not twice!  

Most of the rugs I collect and sell are extremely durable and can take a good thorough vacuuming.  However, if your vintage rug is significantly worn and/or frayed in any way, I recommend turning your vacuum brush off.  If you have substantial fringe on the ends, it is also best to avoid those areas, if possible, in order to keep them from getting sucked up in the brush and getting torn or damaged.  Vacuuming the braided fringe on a Moroccan rug can completely unravel it so it is really important in this case to avoid it.  You may also want to vacuum the back of your rug to suck up all of the dust that can infiltrate through the rug.  It’s best to do this on a monthly or quarterly basis, again totally depending on the level of cleanliness that you prefer.

Vacuuming is the easiest way to maintain your rug, but there are other things you can do to keep it looking and functioning its best.  Want more vintage rug maintenance tips?  Stay tuned to find out about Level 2, spot cleaning!  In the meantime, head on over to our Instagram page and follow along to see all the latest inventory and find out what's going on in the shop.  

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😊 Julie

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