Outdoor Rugs: A Primer

Indoor/outdoor rugs are a great way to create a warm, homey outdoor space. They can define a sitting area and add color and pattern, giving your patio or porch the look and feel of an indoor room. These rugs can also be used indoors in high-traffic areas or in places like kitchens or laundry rooms, where moisture is a factor and there is a slipping hazard.

Outdoor rugs are made from special materials that are made to withstand heat, sun and moisture. Man-made materials like acrylic or polypropylene are used to resist mildewing and fading and are easy to clean and dry quickly while being comfortable underfoot.

Indoor/outdoor rugs are available in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns, so they can be used just about anywhere you’d like. They can be used exactly the same way traditional rugs are used; to create a focal point in an outdoor area or to define a specific seating area away from others. You can also use color and pattern to create specific mood. Outdoor rugs are available in traditional shapes like rectangles and ovals.

Like any area rug, outdoor rugs should be vacuumed regularly to keep dirt from getting embedded. You should also roll them up occasionally and sweep the dirt out from underneath. At the end of the season you can give the rug a good scrub with mild dish soap and water, then rinse thoroughly. Allow to dry completely before rolling up and storing your rug for the winter.

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