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How to Prevent Carpet from Fading in the Sun?

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause carpet to fade over time. This can be seen even more pronounced in darker carpet colors. To minimize fading and extend the life of your carpet, try to reduce exposure to the sun. The easiest way to do this is through window coverings, including blinds, drapes, and shades. Blocking the sun from windows and doors can go a long way to preventing fading in carpet.

A Hudson resident has just installed new carpeting in her living room. With plenty of windows, this room would see a lot of sun during the day. She was concerned about the sun fading her new carpet over time and contacted the carpet experts at Cardoza Flooring for help.

Closeup of the sun


When it comes to carpet color fading from the sun, the key is prevention. Reducing or blocking the sun from shining directly on the carpet, particularly at the peak of the day is key. The easiest way to do this is through window coverings. Blinds and light draperies can reduce the sun’s light, while still letting sunlight into the room to provide natural light. For rooms that are used infrequently, you may want to consider shades or heavier drapes to block out most of the sunlight and keep the carpets looking like new.

Strategically placed trees and bushes outdoors can prevent the sun from shining directly through a window or door onto the carpet. Awnings or overhangs placed above the windows can deflect the sun’s direct impact, while still allowing natural light into the room. Window tints are available to reduce the sun’s harsh glare and can go a long way to reducing fading seen in carpets.

For the homeowner in Hudson, it was important that she maintain the natural light in her living room. She opted for window blinds. During the peak of the day, when the sun is glaring through the windows, she regularly closes the blinds to reopen them again when the sun begins to set. This will ensure that the color in her new carpet looks great for many years to come.