Outdoor rugs are not only for the outdoors! We’re sharing why we use outdoor rugs inside, what materials to look for, how we clean them + sharing a round-up of our favorites.
Over the weekend, we took our dining room rug outside. After spritzing it with dish soap, Scott pressure washed it (using the gentle nozzle!), and we allowed it to dry overnight before laying it back into place. All the while, my inbox exploded with questions!
Q: How are you pressure washing that rug? How long does it take to dry? How, what, why!
A: It’s this outdoor rug which is made to be cleaned with water! It dries within a few hours under the warmth of the sun, or overnight if you bring it indoors. Which brings me to the point of this very post…
We Use Outdoor Rugs Inside.
Guys, we don’t mess around with rugs in our house! At one point, we had 4 pets + a baby (RIP Maddie, Libby and Jack), and although CC holds down our fort solo, she’s still… well, she’s a dog. A sometimes slobbery, always messy love bug. Between her in-home elder accidents (truth) and Lucy’s game of Feed the CC, there’s always something on our floors. If it wasn’t for all of the outdoor rugs inside our home, I don’t know what we’d do!
Aren’t They Scratchy?
Sometimes, so it’s really important to read reviews, or request samples if that’s an option! But here’s the good news: An outdoor rug is meant to live outdoors (obvs), so chances are, it’s made from materials that will last. They’ve been made to stand up to wind, rain and snow, and because of this, they’re a good choice for an area in your home that sees a lot of traffic. To clean, you can quite literally take your rug outside and hose it down!
See that rug in our craft room, above? That one is made from 100% PET, and it’s incredibly soft. Every now and then, we throw it right into our washing machine on the delicate cycle, and it comes out looking brand new!
Where to Use Them
Anywhere and everywhere (you make the rules!), but ideally in high traffic areas, such as dining rooms, mudrooms or kitchens. Oh, and outside, too – ha!
Due to the flat weave of the materials used, we also love them in our office for chair roll-ability, and in craft, laundry or play rooms. And if you’re looking for a durable stair runner, consider an outdoor runner. The world is your oyster!
Materials to Look For
Most outdoor rugs will be made from 100% polypropylene, which is resistant to mold, mildew and fading. Awesome, right? But with synthetic materials comes the risk of off-gassing, so you may want to unroll your new purchase and allow it to breathe outdoors before bringing it in (if that’s your end goal). Another option is to see if the rug is made from PET (recycled plastic), which is more environmentally friendly.
How We Keep Them Clean
We use a spritz of dish soap mixed with water for spot cleaning, but once a year (or couple of years, let’s be honest), we’ll bring them outside for a low-pressure washing. In most cases, a hose should work just fine! But if you want to see your rug change colors – it’s fascinating, really! – try the low-pressure nozzle on your pressure washer. Allow the rug(s) to dry thoroughly before laying them back down. Tip: Always read the care instructions for your rug, which may include other recommendations.
A Round-Up of Outdoor Favorites
I’ve rounded up a big batch of attractive outdoor rugs for use throughout your home! Gone are the days of plastic-y looking outdoor options. It’s hard to believe that these are outdoor rugs at all! So go forth, lay down outdoor rugs inside (and outside while you’re at it), and when your toddler grounds their avocado into the fibers or your puppy pees again, take it outside for a good washing with no fear.
1. safavieh natural | 2. augustine plaid | 3. sultan slate blue | 4. gridiron | 5. soho staggered stripe | 6. diamond flatweave | 7. burgos reversible | 8. chilewich basketweave | 9. reflected diamonds | 10. estrada dhurrie | 11. geometric reversible | 12. safavieh courtyard | 13. santorini | 14. framed arrows
15. solid flatweave | 16. nautical black border | 17. orla | 18. silver | 19. allison flatweave | 20. lefebvre | 21. adara| 22. yana navy | 23. novogratz villa | 24. samson | 25. botanical | 26. cable stripe