How Do You Care For An Outdoor Rug?

Outdoor living furniture on area rug with privacy fence in the background

Your outdoor patio is looking sharp and ready for spring. But it’s missing something. An outdoor rug in just the thing to pull the look together, but you’re worried about taking care of it without it getting damaged and dirty. Well, at Improvements, we understand that dilemma, and we have some tips on how you can keep your outdoor area rug looking like new.

Keep Your Outdoor Rug Looking New

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Rain, snow, wind, heat, dirt, debris, and animals – Oh my! These are just a few of the things that outdoor rugs face day in and day out. However, Mother Nature doesn’t have to leave lasting damage behind. If you know how to properly take care of your outdoor rug, you can keep it looking nice while it continues to battle the elements. Follow these tips to care for your outdoor patio rug.

Use a Rug Pad

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Rug pads serve many different purposes, but all of them benefit your rug and floor. By using a rug pad under your outdoor rug, you will significantly increase its longevity. Rug pads keep your outdoor rug in place and protect against dirt and damage. They also help air circulate through and around the rug, preventing rot or mold growth. Some rug pads also have the benefit of adding cushioning to your rug making it more comfortable to walk on. Rug pads with rubber tread underneath are recommended for outdoor usage.

Clean Your Outdoor Rug Regularly

Shake out outdoor rugs daily and spot clean as needed. Never let spills sit to prevent the material from deteriorating. Vacuum your outdoor rugs weekly but always do so when they are dry. You can damage rugs by vacuuming when they are wet. A leaf blower is a great alternative to vacuuming if you just need to get rid of some debris. For more soaked-in dirt, hose off your outdoor rug or wash with mild dish detergent and scrub brush. Hang wet rugs in the sun to dry to ensure both sides get dry. This will prevent mold and mildew growth. After it rains, hang your rugs just as you would after washing them. Experts recommend cleaning your outdoor rugs with soap and water monthly.

Store Your Outdoor Rug Properly

While outdoor rugs can be left outdoors year-round, they last longer if you properly store them during the off-season. Don’t just leave them out there to fade and rot when no one is admiring them anyway. Roll rugs and store inside for extra protection and fade resistance. If you must store it outside in a garage or shed, roll it and wrap in plastic to keep moisture, bugs, and critters out. Rodents often find rugs and outdoor cushion to be great nesting places so you want to prevent against this as best as you can. Plastic wraps or outdoor furniture covers work wonders.

Now You’re Ready for an Outdoor Rug

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Don’t be afraid to add a bit of color or pizzazz to your patio with an outdoor rug. They really will stay beautiful for a long time if properly cared for and maintained. Another great tip is to spray them with an insecticide to prevent bugs from landing on them or living within their fiber. Now with these tips, go out, buy that new rug, and enjoy it all spring and summer long!

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Posted by: Amandah Blackwell
2 comments on “How Do You Care For An Outdoor Rug?
  1. Cindy says:

    Can you recommend a product to help prevent stains or fading in sun?

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Cindy. Thanks for your comment! We’re checking with our merchant who handles rugs. She’s gathering information, including a list of our rugs that are UV treated. Stay tuned!

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