Winter weather in all its snowy salty beauty is a killer on all flooring, but can be especially detrimental to your rugs. Not all rugs are created equal so leave your shoes at the door and follow these steps to maintain your rug’s beauty... Machine Woven || Available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. However, if the rug is wool its best placed in a room that doesn’t receive direct sunlight all day to prevent inevitable fading. Synthetic rugs hold their color well and are great for allergy sufferers! Vacuum regularly and blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Tufted || Also available in both wool and synthetic, these rugs are durable and naturally stain-resistant so they are a great choice for high traffic areas. Hand-tufted rugs will shed excess fibers when new so be sure to vacuum frequently until the shedding stops. Blot any spills immediately with a clean, white cloth. Again, professional cleaning is best and the only method if the rug is wool. Hand Loomed || Usually only available in wool and in a thick pile, hand-loomed rugs are also susceptible to shedding and should be vacuumed often. Only professional cleaning is recommended so this rug style is best used in lower traffic areas. Hand Hooked || Made of wool face yarns, sometimes cotton, hand-hooked rugs are the most delicate of all the rug styles. Best used in low-traffic areas like the bedroom. Be gentle when vacuuming; only use the bare floor setting. Never pull a protruding yarn, cut it off at the pile height to prevent further unraveling. Always be sure to place your rug on a quality rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding and the possibility of color transfer. Pads with a rubber bottom are the most durable and will also prevent your rug from stretching out and scratching the floor beneath.