What to look for when buying a second-hand rug

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Buying a second-hand rug? Here are some things to keep in mind.

When buying a new rug, going second-hand is a great and much cheaper alternative to buying new. Not only that, but it contributes to living a more sustainable lifestyle. However, there are some things that you need to consider if you’re thinking about buying a rug second-hand. Things you may not have even been aware of!

Luckily, at ServiceMaster Clean, we know rugs. With over 60 years in the cleaning industry as one of the UK’s leading rug cleaning specialists, we’ve seen just about every type of rug you could imagine, in just about every condition. That’s why our experts have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive list of all the things you need to look for when buying a second-hand rug.


The last thing you want when you get a new rug is for it to immediately go up in flames. To put your mind at rest, you should be checking if any rugs you’re looking at meet the right safety regulations. If it’s up to par, a rug should have a label confirming that it meets The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations Act 1988 (which was later amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010). This essentially means that it meets certain criteria to make it safer. Any older items will not have this label and potentially could be a hazard. So, be on the lookout.


If possible, we’re certain you want to avoid buying a brand-new rug that’s been infested with creepy crawlies. Unfortunately, if you don’t inspect it properly, you could come to find your new rug is full of all sorts of insects. Yuck! Common critters include bed bugs and carpet moths, so be on the lookout for these in particular. Bear in mind though that they will be harder to spot with just the naked eye. So, look for holes in the pile as a tell-tale sign, and take a magnifying glass with you!

Does the rug smell?

Stains are one thing, but if you notice that a rug has a strong odour to it, it’s best to walk away. Smells on rugs can linger and are notoriously hard to remove.

Moving the rug

Onto the more practical questions of transport now. Can you move the rug in your car or do you need a van? How heavy is it? Will it fit into the space you need it for? These are all important questions and need to be considered carefully before purchase. Trust us, there is nothing worse than being stuck with a massive rug that you can’t shift!

Is the rug dirty or stained?

As seen above, a lot of things might put you off a second-hand rug. But stains don’t have to be one of them. You can clean some items yourself and some stains and lift easily with the right know-how. It all depends on the type of material so be sure to check the specifications of the rug. A key question to ask is: “Will it need to be wet cleaned or dry cleaned?” If you’re unsure, or still have questions about rug cleaning, it’s best to get the professionals in.

How ServiceMaster Clean can help

If you have a rug that needs professional treatment, get in touch with your local experts at ServiceMaster Clean. We have all the right tools, knowledge and facilities to deal with stains, marks, and other rug-related woes. If you’re having trouble with transport, we also come to you, bringing all of our specialist rug-cleaning equipment right to your door, so you don’t even have to break a sweat trying to fold anything into the back of your car.

By calling 0800 021 3073, or by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business, you can book a free quote on our services to learn more about how we can help you today.

Special Offer: Up to 58% off all offsite rug cleans in Leicester!

To celebrate our recent Founder’s Day anniversary across all of ServiceMaster Brands UK, the team from ServiceMaster Clean Leicester are embodying our ‘We Care’ value by giving back with up to 58% off all offsite rug cleans for residents in an ‘LE’ postcode. So, you can enjoy our top-of-the-range rug cleaning services for even less and with less hassle. We will work around you and collect and drop off your rug ourselves. But if this doesn’t suit you, that’s no problem. You can also drop off and collect your rug from us yourself.

But hurry, this offer only lasts until the 31st of October. Don’t miss out, give us a call on 0800 021 3112 or book online now before the offer runs out!