When designing our homes, we love to add area rugs. The texture and warmth they bring to an atmosphere are unparalleled. These lovely rugs come in numerous designs and styles, which even allow us to facilitate them for use outside of our homes. However, rugs are notorious for trapping dirt and allergens without a regular maintenance schedule. Outdoor rugs are typically designed using polypropylene or other synthetic fibers. The backings are created to resist mildew build-up and are more durable. However, these rugs still need some maintenance to help them get the best longevity. If you have outdoor rugs or turf, here is everything you need to do to keep up on your rug’s maintenance.
Outdoor rugs are easily exposed to more dirt and debris than indoor rugs. This dirt can burrow down into the fibers and begin to break down the rug. You can vacuum your rugs or hit them with a leaf blower to remove the dirt, and this should be done frequently or after heavy foot traffic has occurred, such as hosting events or outdoor parties.
Treat for Moss and Mildew Build-up
While these rugs are created to be mildew- and moss-resistant, they can form mold over time. Rain can get trapped in the rugs and begin to form bacteria. It is best to use an eco-friendly solution because you are outside. Try using baking soda and vinegar to help clean your rugs. Simply, spray with a hose after applying your cleaning mixture.
Dry in Sunlight
The best way to dry your wet rugs is in direct sunlight. You can hang your rugs or sit them in the sun to allow them to receive an adequate amount of sunlight exposure. You should also consider that sunlight can fade rug coloring. It is best to rotate your rugs if any area is in shaded areas throughout the year to get an even fading or prolong the effect from occurring.
When the winter comes, you may not be facilitating your outdoor patio as much. This is a good time to roll up and store your unused patio furniture and rugs. Make sure you clean your rug before rolling it up and storing it.
Outdoor rugs are a phenomenal way to invest in your home’s exterior décor. They are very durable and can take more abuse than most indoor rugs. However, it is important to still take care of them to help get the most life out of them. With these simple tricks, your rugs should last for many years to come. For more tips and tricks on home improvement, make sure to subscribe.