What You Should Know About Outdoor Rugs

The Rug Lady Team

Posted on May 21 2018

Are you on the hunt for new decor to improve the look and feel of your outdoor space? Then you may want to consider outdoor rugs. These rugs can be neutral or colorful depending on your decor theme and style preferences. They can also be quite beneficial to your home. In this read, we are going to take a closer at the facts you might not know about outdoor rugs.

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Alfresco Natural Geometric Patterned Outdoor Rug 

 

Outdoor Rugs Come in Various Materials

Outdoor carpeting needs to be able to survive the conditions outside. There are various options for outdoor rug materials and what you pick will depend on where you intend to use the carpet and how you want it to appear. These rugs can be made from polyester, nylon, polypropylene and more. Most of them are also resistant to mildew and mold, and some are even treated to resist wear from exposure to Ultraviolet rays.

 

You Can Use Outdoor Rugs Indoors

outdoor rug for indoorsAlfresco Teal Moroccan Outdoor Rug

It is possible to use numerous outdoor carpets inside your house, but indoor rugs fail to hold the test of time when exposed to the conditions outside. If you come across a pattern, color or texture that you like in an outside rug, there is really no reason to not use it indoors. However, it is important to keep in mind that some outdoor rugs shed more than conventional indoor carpets and you may have to get an ideal rug pad to prevent slipping and protect the floor.

 

Outdoor Carpets Have Numerous Benefits

There are numerous reasons why you should consider outdoor carpets including:


1. They protect floors

If you want your decking to last for long, then you may want to get a protective rug. Outdoor rugs are particularly easy to replace when they are worn out. Concrete or wood, on the other hand, calls for a significant amount of time and energy to replace or repair.

2. Outdoor rugs add a cozy touch to decks and patios

They immediately warm up any space that requires a little texture or color. They also achieve this without taking up additional space. From the front door to the patio in your backyard, your home can certainly benefit from this type of cozy decor.

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Havana Multicoloured Garden Outdoor Rug


3. They can hide damage

If your deck, porch or patio flooring is showing signs of damage, you can easily cover it with outdoor rugs. A large carpet can hide cracks and other forms of damage easily, thus preventing you from having to make any repairs instantly.

 

Outdoor Rugs Have Limitations

As with everything else in this world, these rugs have their share of downsides as well. However, they do not warrant reconsidering installing them in your home.

1. Special adhesive

When it comes to carpet tiles and rolls, you will need to glue them down if you want a more permanent installation. As such, you will need to get an ideal adhesive for the job. Also, if you do not have the skills to do it on your own, you'll need to a hire a professional for an excellent job.

2. They are not the plushest

Since the rugs are for outdoor use, most of them do not have a soft and luxurious feel to them. However, this makes sense as you don't want dirt and other elements hiding in the tall fibers of your carpet.

 

Tips For Outdoor Rugs Maintenance

The best and easiest way to take care of your outside rugs is to ensure they do not get dirty in the first place. Ensure you clean the spills as fast as possible to avoid them from staining the rug. Sweep under the rug occasionally to avoid damage from underneath and vacuum the carpet regularly to prevent dirt and debris from settling into the fibers which can cause damage.

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If the rug is water resistant, you can put it on a rail and hose it down. For more stubborn stains, you can scrub it with a brush. Always ensure it's completely dry before you put it back to prevent mildew. During extreme weather conditions and when you will not be using it for long, roll it up and store it in a safe place. These tips will help keep your outdoor carpet looking new for a long period.