You just invested in brand-new carpets and within a few months, you start to see fading in one spot on your carpet. What happened? While you enjoyed the warmth and light of the sun streaming through your windows, your carpets fell victim to the sun’s damaging UV rays.
So how can you prevent your carpets from fading so that they maintain their new look for as long as possible?
Living room with white rug and plantation shutters.
The best way to prevent your carpets from fading is to limit their exposure to UV light from outside. And the easiest way to do this is through window treatments.
However, not all window treatments perform the same. You want to look for window treatments that can let in some light while still protecting your carpets. Here are some of our favorite window treatments for UV ray protection.
Plantation shutters: Our Polywood® plantation shutters give you full light control. You can leave them open when there’s indirect sunlight or close them all the way to completely block out light.
The best part about plantation shutters is that they’re adjustable. So, you can tilt them to redirect the sun’s rays away from your carpets but still have light coming into your room.
UV Shades: Some shades like roller shades, Roman shades, or honeycomb shades come with a UV-blocking liner option. The catch is that you need to have your shades completely closed to take advantage of its UV blocking features.
No matter which window treatment you choose, pay attention to how the sun shines through your windows during different times of the day and throughout the different seasons. Then adjust your window treatments so you can let in as much light as possible without having the direct sun on your carpets.
Rugs can be swapped out so you can protect your carpeting underneath.
Adding an area rug is another way to prevent your carpets from fading. Rugs add another layer that acts as a barrier between your carpet and the sun’s UV rays. They’re also cheaper to replace than carpets.
If you have a space that gets a lot of rays, you can rotate your area rug every few months to even out the exposure. You can even rotate rugs to spread out the exposure even more. Keep in mind that your carpets may fade a bit around where the rug is placed.
Keeping your carpets clean helps them retain their color and brightness.
Keeping your carpets clean helps them to stay fresh. Products that you may use on your body like lotions or medicines on your feet can contribute to carpets fading. And shoes tack in all sorts of dirt and grime that can discolor your carpets. So, try to wear socks over your carpets to limit exposure.
Regularly vacuum your carpets and professionally clean your carpets annually to keep them at their best.
If you’re looking for window treatments that help protect your carpet and furnishings that also beautifully coordinate with your home and décor, give us a call at (877) 786-2877 or fill out the form below. We’ll schedule a free in-home consultation and walk you through all of your options to find the best window treatment for your home and family.