How to Look After and Maintain Designer Rugs Designer rugs can be quite an expensive investment. If you have spent all that money buying one, it only figures you would want to prolong its life and keep it looking great for as long as possible. In order to do that, you must ensure it receives proper care by following the tips provided here. The first thing to do is read the label on the back of the rug. It contains guidelines from the manufacturer, laying down what you should and should not do when looking after your favorite rug. Following these instructions will ensure you do not end up making any mistakes that could affect the rug's beauty. Yet another thing you should do regularly is rotate the rug. Most people forget to do this, only to end up with signs of wear and tear on specific parts of the rugs. Rotating it ensures your rug wears evenly. That way, one corner of the rug does not look more worn out than the others because it receives heavy traffic. Do not allow people - be it from your own family or your friends - to walk on the rug with dirty shoes. There are two ways of doing this. One, you could place foot mats at entry points to remove dirt from shoes. Alternatively, you could have a no-shoes policy inside your home or the room in which the rug has been spread out. The latter is considered to be a better option by many since door mats are not always successful in getting rid of all the dirt on shoes. Never spread the rug on wet or damp floor. Not only does this cause the fibers to break down, you also run the danger of mold developing on your beautiful rug. Finally, invest in an anti-slip rug underlay. This prevents the rug from 'walking around' the room which, in turn reduces wear and tear along with the possibility of accidents. By following these simple tips, you will be able to keep your rugs in mint condition for several years and pass it on to coming generations as a family heirloom.