Direct sunlight can, over time, alter the look of your carpets. Fading is a natural and normal process caused by many factors – location, exposure to light, color intensity, types of dyes and dying methods used.To help slow the process and even prevent fading, you can follow some of these simple steps:Place carpets and rugs out of direct sunlight: Even if the sun can reach it, your carpet or rug is safer in the center of the room as opposed to right next to the windows. If one side of the rug receives greater exposure to light than another, rotate the rug often.Close your drapes: If you do not like blocking the sun while you are at home, you can still close the drapes while you are at work, which are typically peak sun hours.Use protective window treatments: It is very easy to find ultraviolet blocking window coatings, which can be unnoticeable if purchased in clear.Use carpet/rug protectors: Many stores sell fluorocarbon protectors that need to be applied periodically. This would offer another layer of protection for your carpets and rugs. Be sure to check that the product you purchase is safe for your specific carpet or rug material.How to reverse it: If you have already noticed sun fading, there is no reason to worry! There are various ways to bring back the color of your carpets and rugs. One simple and safe way is a hot water and salt solution*. First, combine equal parts hot water and salt and stir until the salt dissolves. Next, vacuum the carpet or rug well, then dampen a cloth and apply the mixture. Let the carpet or rug dry and vacuum again to remove the salt.*We recommend testing the hot water and salt solution on a small section of your rug first.###Source: Floor Covering News; stock image