And in fact, have a serious think even then. If they have gone to university, they will only come home with their drunken friends and spill stuff all over it. Or, probably worse, they will get married, have kids and bring them to your house to spill stuff over your lovely deep pile shag rugs! All is not lost, of course. You could follow a few basic guidelines so you can have your luxury rugs and have the kids back to stay once in a while. Or of course you could start as you mean to go on and teach them from birth that if they damage the furniture or fittings you’ll put them up for adoption. That is a bit drastic though, so try one of these:-
Stash it somewhere
It might look a bit obvious if you just roll the rug up and put it somewhere safe while the kids are in town, but you don't have to be quite that obvious. If you get a budget rug which is the same size, you can put that down for the duration. It’s true that all their friends will go away thinking that their mate’s mum and dad have shocking taste, but that won't hurt a bit. If the kids assume you have fallen on hard times, you might find that that will stop quite so many raids on the bank of Mum and Dad, so that’s a bit of a bonus. Either way, you can't lose and your luxury rug will live to see another day with no fag burns or red wine stains.
Naturally stain resistant fibres such as polypropylene will shrug off most stains, you can even use bleach on them and they won’t discolour, but many luxury rugs are produced with wool which will absorb liquid stains. Treating your luxury wool rugs so it will shrug off stains is another way forward, but you will still need to take action if anything is spilled and of course nothing will shrug off a careless cigarette end. Smoking is pretty non-PC these days but it’s silly to assume that no one does it any more. And however strict you are about smoking indoors, it takes a pretty hard hearted person to chuck out one of their children’s friends into the dark and stormy night. It’s not so bad throwing out your own kid – you do after all have a luxury rug to protect – but usually guests get better treatment. The only answer is loads of kitchen roll stashed behind the sofa, a soda siphon, a bottle of white wine open and ready, a container of salt, huge ashtrays and a big forgiving smile.