Oriental Area Rug: Will Furniture Damage It?

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What You'll Need
Spiked furniture cups
Memory foam pads
Coasters
What You'll Need
Spiked furniture cups
Memory foam pads
Coasters

Your oriental area rug can sustain some damage from the weight of the furniture which sits atop of it. In order to keep your oriental rug looking new, make sure to take the following measures to protect your rug.

Protective Measures

There are many ways to guard your rug, but basically, only a few are considered effective against possible damage by furniture. Spiked furniture cups, either square or round, have a whole series of spikes underneath that protrude into the carpet keeping the square or round shape of the cup from flattening down the carpet. You just need to place one spiked cup under each leg of a piece of furniture. For super heavy furniture that may still leave an indentation, the carpet strands should spring right back up with a little vacuuming.

First, you can also install padding made of memory foam or a lining under the rug. This way, the weight of the furniture placed on top of the rug will be absorbed better and the typical depressions caused by heavy objects will be avoided.

You can also place coasters or boards between your rug and the furniture. By using coasters, you help distribute the weight of the objects on top of your rug. As a result, your rug should not get as seriously indented.

And finally, make it a point to switching the arrangement of your furniture every once in a while before the indents become too permanent will help. If you cannot rotate your furniture arrangement, then simply change the position of the furniture legs or base by a few inches at least twice a year. This will help prevent the rug pile from being compressed for extended periods of time. The compression is what causes the damage to your rug.

Restorative Measures

As the years go by, your area rug will definitely show some signs of wear and tear. It is unavoidable to see that certain rug pile fibers have been pressed flat. To bring such fibers back to life, you can steam clean your rug. Also, after cleaning your rug, do not forget to dry it properly before putting it back on the floor. Clean and dry rugs appear to have more vivid designs. Besides, moisture can bring about all sorts of parasites that can damage the rug pile.