Sweeping the dirt under the rug is the quickest, easiest way to clean the floor. It's not the best. Dispose of the dirt properly or it could be destructive.
You see, dirt is abrasive. You may not see what it is doing to the rug, but underneath dirt particles tear the rug to pieces. The surface of the rug may look okay as it becomes fragile and useless.
With each step it weakens. Jumping or stamping could easily destroy it. All this and it still looks acceptable. The same rug, without dirt, can stand up to so much more.
The solution is simple. Don't sweep the dirt under the rug. If you already have removed it. There is still hope. Rugs can be mended. So can people.
Linda L. O'Rourke
June 27, 1994