Keep Rugs Beautiful Jordan's Furniture offers these tips for care of rugs and runners. Care and Maintenance for Area Rugs Professional cleaning is recommended when rugs are soiled. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and abrasive particles. Avoid vacuuming fringe and side selvage areas. Vacuuming the fringe can result in it becoming shredded or torn away from the body of the rug. Hooked rugs and braided rugs should be vacuumed using the "bare floor" setting on the vacuum to prevent damage. Using a beater bar (that's designed for use on a rug or carpet setting) can snag loose fibers and cause pulls and runs in the surface. Rotating rugs 180 degrees annually will alternate wear patterns. The use of furniture cups under extra-heavy furniture helps prevent permanent damage to rug fibers. Rug Padding Quality rug pads provide support and stability to the area rug, ensuring better performance and appearance. Rubber- bottom rug pads keep rugs from slipping and moving. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) will protect the surface of the floor underneath, minimizing scratching and damage to floor finishes. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) prevent dye transfer from the area rug to floors underneath including wall-to-wall carpet. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti- slip rubber bottoms keep rugs from creeping, wrinkling and cupping under furniture legs. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti-slip rubber bottoms prevent rugs from being stretched out of shape. Quality rug pads with a rubber bottom layer prevent moisture stains from seeping through the rug, damaging floors- great for homes with pets! Thin vinyl rug pads (non-skid or waffle) can stick to the floor over time, or create excess heat build-up under rugs, damaging floors. Rubber pads are recommended as they "breathe" and are less likely to stick or affect hard surfaces. On the Surface: Pilling, Shedding, Sprouts and Pulls New area rugs can shed excess yarns through pilling and shedding. Certain types of rugs, such as tufted rugs, are more prone to shedding. Frequent, thorough vacuuming can reduce shedding time. Customers with allergies might consider machine woven and hand knotted rugs instead, as these rug types are less likely to shed fibers. Yarns that extend up from the surface of the rug pile-"sprouts and pulls"- should be cut with sharp scissors as needed. Pulling on sprouted yarns in a hooked rug can result in permanent damage. Dye Variations Dye Variations: In many rug types, especially handmade rugs, horizontal dye variations are to be expected. Known as abrash, it sometimes appears to have a "striped" look. Due to the natural variations in the dyes, as found in hand knotted rugs, or intentionally woven into the pile, abrash adds to the wonderfully rustic appearance of the rug. Odors: That "New Rug Smell" Most new furniture, including rugs, often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors.