It’s summertime. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s humid. This time of year conjures up memories of mom or dad trying to slather the sunblock on you before you left to catch the bus to camp or left with your friends for the beach.
However, your skin isn’t the only victim of the damaging effects of the sun’s UVB rays. Remember the rug in your living room? You know, the one your parents would yell at you for getting all wet when you came inside from the pool party? The heat and sun can rough those up as well. No matter what the color of your rug or carpet is, UV light will fade colors over time. Certain colors, especially red and blue, are prone to sun-fading and chemical damage from various detergent cleaners.
You may be thinking, “It’s fine. I can turn on my air conditioning to keep the house cool.” Well, that may work in the short term, but once you rack up a sky-high energy bill, you’ll think twice about that strategy.
Here are some quick, cost-effective ways to keep your rugs and furniture in top shape during the sweltering summer months:
1.) In the morning, before you leave the house, shut the windows, and close the blinds or drapes. If you must, turn the A/C on low. The house is the coolest in the early morning, so the air conditioning unit won’t have to work as hard since the house is already cool. This will save you money.
2.) Use protective window treatments, such as ultraviolet blocking window shades and coatings. These are available at stores like Home Depot and can be purchased online for as little as $40.
3.) Use carpet/rug protectors, such as Rug Renovating’s Fiber-Guard UV. This offers another layer of protection for your carpets and rugs, especially from any stains resulting from spilled liquid from the pool party cocktail table, dirty shoes from the baseball field, or sandy feet from the beach.
4.) If all else fails, simply try keeping your prized rugs, carpets, or furniture away from direct sunlight. Even if the floor coverings are in the middle of the room, it’s better than having them directly next to the window.
So there you have it. These are just a few tips to ensure that your rug won’t suffer the same fate as your skin during the summer months.