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When your home has a lot of foot traffic, you might start noticing “trails” beginning to form. Your carpets can begin to wear out quickly. To combat this, many people choose to cover high traffic areas of their carpet with throw rugs. This is a wonderful idea! The only problem now is 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 Materials

There is more to choosing a rug than picking the right color.  You’ll want to choose a durable and long-lasting material like nylon or wool. These choices offer very durable material with a lot of different color and pattern options. 

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to protect your rugs is to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture that enters the home.  Be sure to use walk-off mats at your entryways to eliminate much of the dirt that gets tracked in on shoes.  Consider a heavy brush that can wipe off dirt on the patio. And, if possible, you might even consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep any soil from coming into the home.

You can also have carpet protectant applied to carpets and rugs to ensure that cleaning up messes and dirt spills is all the easier!

Vacuum Often

Frequent vacuuming is an essential part of caring for your rugs and carpet, especially in high traffic areas.  Vacuuming helps to remove dirt before it actually settles into the fibers.  The more traffic an area endures, the more often it should be vacuumed.  This may even mean vacuuming daily in order to keep dirt and soil to a minimum.

Act Quickly

Areas that are subject to a lot of traffic are also more likely to experience spills and accidents.  When a spill does occur, be sure to act quickly and clean the area!  If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher to the affected area.  The sooner you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain.  


Routine maintenance and smart cleaning methods are essential to keeping rugs and carpets clean and bright in high traffic areas.  If you do find, however, that your rug has lost its original beauty, Delta Chem-Dry technicians are trained to clean virtually all types of rugs – from Oriental to Persian to ‘made in China” – using specialized tools and equipment.  Find out more about Chem-Dry’s rug cleaning process here.