How Long Does a Rug Last?

rug qualityA quality rug is an important artistic element in any room, and picking the right rug can make a difference to how long the rug will last. If you buy just any rug at a discount store, rug replacement cost will likely be relatively inexpensive, but the rugs themselves will not last very long.

Buying a fine rug is a different matter, and if you want quality, you need to know how to shop.


How to Buy a Rug

Rug Placement

Before you set out to buy a rug, consider where you want to place it. Will it hang on the wall as a tapestry, in your bedroom, or go where it will see frequent traffic near kitchen and hallways. What is the proper size for each room since it has a design impact on the overall look of any space?

Rug Shopping

Once you have a general idea of what you want, go to a reputable rug dealer in order to choose the rug you want. There are several questions you will want to ask to assure you are getting a rug that is made well and made ethically. A good rug dealer will be knowledgeable about the rugs they sell, and will provide guidance without being pushy.

Rug Quality

The ultimate investment is a hand knotted rug, woven with good quality wool. If properly maintained and professionally cleaned, it will last a century or more. Rugs made with 100% natural silk are crème de la crème of all handmade carpets; they are expensive, delicate and suitable for low traffic areas.

Rugs made with natural fibers such as bamboo silk, viscose, sisal, seagrass, jute, and hemp are derived from a cellulose-based fibers. They are earth friendly, renewable, and offer a variety of design opportunities. However, just as wool quality varies, these fibers also range in strength, production method, and ultimately weaving quality. They are not as durable as wool rugs, not suitable for use in humid environments and high traffic areas. There is an extreme variation of cost when purchasing these rugs due to the quality. Always request for after-market care and cleaning guidelines for these fibers from your rug dealer or, consult a professional rug cleaner prior to purchase.

Hand tufted rugs are very different from hand knotted rugs and at best can last 10 -15 years.


Caring For Your Rug

Whether you bought a hand-knotted rug that took several months to craft, or a machine made rug, caring for your rug properly will make it last longer and prolong the need for rug replacement. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly several times a week and protected against fading by installing tinting on windows or keeping blinds closed. Rotating rugs periodically can also assure that any fading that does happen, happens evenly. Professional cleaning should be done every couple years as well. This too should be done right by professional rug cleaners that have a plant operation where rugs are meticulously inspected, dusted, washed with water, properly dried, and restored such as revitaRUGS. Topical steam cleaning at home will not properly clean you rug, leave embedded dust and bacteria in the rug’s foundation, and a guarantee to damage the natural fiber rugs.

revitaRUGS utilizes purified filtered soft water and organic soaps. No harsh detergents, no soap scum left in your rug, and no harsh chemicals used to remove pet odors. This will maximize the life of any rug, reducing the overall rug replacement cost, and a healthy living environment. Get in touch with our professional rug cleaning team for more rug care tips!