Rugs are a great way to bring your space to life. Providing pops of color and a whole range of diverse textures, they foster vibrant energy in every room. Their unique, quality design makes them akin to art pieces, but since they live on the floor, they are much harder to preserve than traditional artwork. Rugs co-exist with those other factors that bring your home to life — things like pets and children — and as a result, frequently end up as victims of everyday spills and wear.
Machine-washable rugs allow you to enjoy life, with all of its accidents, worry-free. By choosing a rug that is designed to be easy to clean and resistant against wear and tear, you can run and jump, spill and smear, and at the end of the day simply throw the rug in the laundry.
What is a washable rug?
Washable rugs are every parent’s best friend. Without them, you’re forced to choose between easily cleaned hardwoods or inevitably stained carpets. Owning a washable rug means that muddy pets and messy kids no longer have to be corralled in the kitchen or ushered directly to the bathtub after every playtime. Washable rugs are ready to host all of life’s craziest moments, without leaving any artifacts behind.
And don’t worry—mess-free doesn’t have to mean style-free. Washable rugs come in many diverse styles, textures, and designs. The key difference is that they are crafted to preserve their original pattern, and allow you to easily wash away your children’s finger-painted additions.
Whether you have kids, pets, or just a history of being clumsy, these rugs are a great choice because they’re designed to last. You don’t even have to worry about tucking your favorite pieces away. Ready to withstand your home’s highest-traffic areas, washable rugs are built for life.
Are most rugs washable?
We know what you’re thinking — aren’t most rugs washable? Spot cleaning, for sure—that is, if spills and stains are infrequent and not a way of life. It’s true that you can find life hacks online for blotting out stains and restoring other floor pieces; but depending on how often you find yourself on the floor with a clean dry cloth and a sudsy solution, it can be more work than it’s worth. It can often take longer to restore these rugs to their original glory than it does for a new stain to pop up! For those big messes, having a rug that can go in the laundry is key.
Washable rugs are specifically designed with reliability and convenience in mind. They’re naturally spill- and stain-resistant, but if you have a big accident, like-new status is only one load of laundry away. Each rug is just one piece, with a built-in slip-prevention backing, and can be tossed into a cold-water wash without any disassembly, homemade solutions, or exhausting scrubbing.
How often do rugs need to be washed?
Regular washing can ensure that your spaces stay clean and cozy. For areas with high traffic or frequent visits from dirty paws, it’s recommended that you clean your rug at least once a week.
Of course, if your house is bustling with pets and little ones, things can often feel too busy for a deep cleaning. That’s why an investment in a washable rug is perfect for families with a tendency for messy moments. You’ll save money by not having to replace soiled carpets, and you’ll save time: your most valuable asset of all. Enabling you to simply toss a rug in the washing machine, health and cleanliness won’t come at the expense of family time or relaxation.
What are the safest ways to wash a rug?
There’s no scarier feeling than washing a favorite piece of clothing for the first time. What if it shrinks? What if it comes out discolored? What if it disappears to the same place that all of those missing socks went?
Entrusting your washing machine with your new rug for the first time might spark some of the same fears. We get it—after you’ve gotten used to your home’s new look, it can be terrifying to think about accidentally harming it. Fortunately, washable rugs are designed to make the cleaning process simple and stress-free.
Will washing machines ruin a rug?
Unlike regular rugs, washable rugs are designed and woven expressly to be run through the washing machine. Their vibrant colors and patterned tones are locked in and ready to shine just as brightly post-rinse. Simply toss your pieces into the drum and wash with cold water. You’re welcome to use your favorite soaps and scents, but avoid harsh chemicals like bleach.
Sustainably-sourced, recycled synthetic fibers provide a soft cushion that is good for the earth and for your feet! They’re also easily washed without becoming frayed, matted, or worn. Thinner rugs may be simple to vacuum and shake out, but they sacrifice style. We know that clean and chic don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Can I scrub a rug in the bathtub?
Interested in a deeper clean? While washing machines should do the trick for everyday wear, bathtubs are perfect for allowing your pieces to soak. Bathe your rugs in cold water with a gentle soap. You can either simply allow them to marinate, or do some hand-scrubbing on particularly spotted areas.
Though the tub is completely safe for your rugs, be sure to rinse out any detergent or soap residue before giving your kids or pets their next bath!
Is it safe to put a rug in the dryer?
Now that your rug is thoroughly soaked or rinsed, it’s time to dry. Durable, washable rugs are dryer safe but are best cared for without heat, in an air-only cycle. Often, the safest and easiest way to get your rugs ground-ready is to hang them up. No clothing line is required! Simply drape your rug over a railing or elevate it between two surfaces, allowing air to reach both sides. Before you know it, your rug will be back to softening walkways (and catching spills)!
Limitless options, worry-free washing
It’s never been easier to spruce up your space. In the past, every new floor addition was a potential new chore—just another surface to have to scrub, clean, and watch out for. Washable rugs seamlessly integrate into your normal life, no matter the messes that may bring. A wide selection of colors and prints means that you can find the perfect rug for any space. Adorn your living room, office, or play space and know that all of your rugs are ready to head to the same spot: the washing machine, for a spotless, easy clean.