With so many options of rugs available, whether it be runner rugs, area rugs, round rugs, or heck, even shag rugs, finding the perfect one can be a real challenge. After you find one and base all your décor on it, replacing it might not be something you want to do. But after years of traffic, regular cleaning, and normal wear, it comes a time when you have to consider replacing you living room’s old faithful.
As beautiful as it might be, a worn down rug is counterproductive to the style you want to create. Instead of highlighting the décor, it will drag the whole room down. There are a few signs that show you might need to start shopping for a new rug. Let’s see some of them.
A worn down look
It’s easy enough to spot when a rug is worn. It could have traces of stains or faded colors; it may have been cleaned with improper chemicals, or it could have more wear in some areas than others.
Traffic is the primary factor that wears down a rug, so the location will play a big part in how long it lasts. An entry hall rug will see a lot more foot traffic than an area rug in a bedroom.
If not even a professional rug cleaner can remove stains from spills or traffic, it’s time to get a new one.
Bad smells and allergies
Humidity can also damage your area rug. Some fibers like polypropylene and polyester are more resistant to moisture, but all rugs may develop mold over time. While regular cleanings can eliminate musty odors, it may come a time when the damage is too severe, and the smell cannot be removed anymore.
If you have allergies and noticed your symptoms are getting worse or never going away, your old rug might have something to do with it. Traffic doesn’t only stain your carpet; it also transports dirt and allergens to your rug. If the symptoms don’t go away after having your rug cleaned, consider replacing it.
As groovy as it may be, the shag rug you bought for one room ten years ago might not work the same in a different house. For example, if you’re downsizing to a smaller house or an apartment, you might find yourself with a rug that’s too large, too dark or too elaborate, which might make the room look even smaller.
In this case, even if the area rug is still in good condition, you should consider getting a new one that is better suited for your space. The good thing is, if luck is on your side, you might be able re-use your old rugs in your new spaces.
An area rug may last for many years with proper care and regular vacuuming and cleaning. And that’s good, considering a rug is often important investment and the base of a room’s décor, which makes it difficult to replace. But in some cases, routine cleaning and proper care are no longer enough, and your rug has visible signs of wear. From unsightly stains to bad smells and new spaces, your rug might already need to be retired.