Things to Know About Outdoor Rugs

Things to Know About Outdoor Rugs

Any house with a porch or patio can benefit from attractive outdoor rugs. The right outdoor rug can bring the feeling of your living room into your yard and make use of space you didn’t realize you had. Read on for some quick tips on how to get the most from your outdoor area rugs.

Aerial shot of bright patio furniture featuring an outdoor rug

Caring for Outdoor Rugs

The easiest way to care for an outdoor rug is to prevent it from getting dirty in the first place. Clean up spills as quickly as possible to prevent them from setting, vacuum regularly to keep dirt from getting ground into the fibers, and sweep underneath the rug occasionally to prevent damage from below. If your rug is water resistant, then you can pace the rug over a railing or on an incline and hose the rug down. For stubborn stains, you can scrub the rug with a brush or create a solution of mild dish soap and water. Make sure both sides of the rug are dry before you put it back on the floor to prevent mildew. Roll up the rug for storage during extreme weather and when you know you won't be using it for long periods of time. Read our tips on How to Keep Outdoor Area Rugs Looking New for more helpful information on outdoor rug care.


Materials for Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs need to be able to survive life outside the protection of your roof and walls. There are different options for outdoor rug materials, and what you choose should depend on where you plan to use the rug and how you want it to look. Outdoor rugs can be made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and more. Most are mold- and mildew-resistant, and some are treated to resist fading from exposure to UV rays. Bamboo is a popular material for outdoor rugs and is best used in a covered area.


Using Outdoor Rugs Indoors

You can use many outdoor rugs inside your home, but most indoor rugs don't do well when exposed to the elements outside. If you've found a texture, pattern, or color that you love in a rug, there's no reason not to use it inside. Make sure to get an appropriate rug pad to protect your floor and prevent slipping, and be aware that some outdoor rug materials shed more than traditional indoor rugs.

For a more in-depth look at how to pick the perfect outdoor rug for your patio area, check out our Tips on Buying Outdoor Rugs.

by Nick Anderson Rug Specialist
JANUARY 10, 2017

Nick believes in spending as much time in the backyard as the weather permits, and outdoor rugs are the perfect way to spruce up a back patio. His outdoor area essentials also include a few chairs for lounging and a cooler for drinks. When he's not enjoying the weather from his backyard, he can be found skateboarding or hiking in his home state of Utah.