this item is wrapped in plastic for shipping. mine arrived with several tears in the plastic, so the rug was dirty when it got here. i was instructed to leave it as is until the carrier picks it up, so i can't speak to whether or not it's easy to clean. i can tell you that it is not a flat weave like many outdoor polypropylene rugs, but is textured more like an indoor rug, so it cannot simply be hosed down. i can also tell you the colors are bright and lovely just like the pictures, which is why i rated the style "excellent". i rated quality and value "average" since the site requires a rating to be filled in, but i don't have any real way of knowing. i'm saying no to the recommend to the friend part based on the way it was shipped, not on the product itself.