How Do I Choose the Best Washable Rugs?

Laura M. Sands

Choose the best washable rugs by identifying where the rugs will be placed and what types are needed, how often you will need to wash them and which color and style preferences suit your tastes. If you will be using a washable rug outdoors, shop for rugs specifically made for open environments. You may also want to take the time to learn about different rug materials to determine which ones will be the most durable and bear repeated washings well. Select the washable rugs that will be the easiest for you to care for and best match the decor of the room or outdoor environment where you intend the rugs to be placed.

Washable rugs.
Washable rugs.

While there are several different types of rugs for you to choose from, not all rugs are easily cleaned. Certain non-washable rugs may also collect dust and other allergens that may not be healthy for those suffering from asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues. Therefore, when shopping for washable rugs, be careful about reading the material tags attached to the rugs to assure that they are, in fact, washable.

One of the first things you may want to consider after deciding that you would like washable rugs is where the rugs will be placed. For instance, indoor rugs will likely have different care instructions than outdoor rugs, which can often be washed with a hose and allowed to air dry. You may also want to estimate how often a rug will need to be washed. Keep in mind the amount of traffic an area is likely to sustain and think about avoiding washable rugs with fringes that may easily fray if they will be placed in high-traffic areas and, therefore, need to endure repeated washings.

Taking time to research some of the fabrics used in creating washable rugs may help you choose which ones are the best for you. Gaining a bit of understanding about fabrics will also help you determine which ones have the easiest care instructions and which ones may be more difficult to wash and dry. The care instructions on the label of each rug you are considering will also be a good guide to help you determine which washable rugs are best suited for you. After narrowing your choices, consider choosing the floor coverings that fit the color schemes you want and that will best complement the overall design of the room or patio where you will be placing the rugs.

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