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How to Select and Care for the Perfect Outdoor Rug

Outdoor Seating AreaAdvantages of an Outdoor Rug

Outdoor area rugs can compliment any outdoor living space. They provide a stylish accent, while also serving the practical purpose of adding a ground layer for warmth and protection. A carefully selected rug can add a sense of tranquility outdoors, and provide a polished touch to the area. They also make the transition from indoor living space to outdoor living space very harmonious.

Selecting an Outdoor Rug

When picking an outdoor area rug, the style and size are very important factors. Pick a rug that will complement the look and feel of the space. It is also important to take the outdoor elements into consideration when selecting a fabric. Generally, an outdoor rug will receive more sunlight and moisture than it would indoors. Certain fabrics, such as polypropylene, are designed to handle these elements without fading or warping. Many of the fabrics used for outdoor rugs are mold and mildew resistant as well. A rug that is categorized as an outdoor style should require minimal upkeep and maintain its appearance with time.

Maintaining an Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs can last for many years when properly maintained. Basic rug maintenance is usually fairly simple. Most importantly, you should vacuum your rug regularly. This prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. Be sure to use a hand vacuum, or a full-sized vacuum without the beater bar. Also, many outdoor fabrics can be rinsed. Check the tag of the rug first, or contact the manufacturer, and then simply rinse your rug using a hose or pitcher of water. It is important to make sure the rug is thoroughly dried before laying it back down. Check to make sure the rug is dry to the touch on both sides in order to prevent mildew. Finally, one of the most effective ways to protect your outdoor rug is through the use of a rug pad that is specifically designed for outdoor use. This will protect your rug from the ground, therefore preventing premature wear. Outdoor rug pads are also designed to be breathable, further preventing mold and mildew growth.

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