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Outdoor rugs

We’re all about making your outdoor space as stylish and comfortable as the indoors. So why not add some outdoor rugs? Our outdoor carpets are durable enough to be placed outside (they withstand rain, sun, snow). And since both sides look so good, you can just flip it over for a longer life.

What are outdoor rugs made of and how do they work?

An outdoor rug is the same as an indoor rug, mat or carpet, but it’s made for outdoor use instead. That’s why they often come in materials that can withstand poor weather and dirt better than indoor rugs.

An outdoor carpet is normally made of densely flatwoven polypropylene, and sometimes mixed with synthetic latex. Together, these materials create a durable finish that can be easily cleaned – making the rug last even longer.

Adding an outdoor rug to your outside space is a quick and easy way to make your patio, balcony or garden feel more homely. Come rain or shine, it’ll make your space pop with colour and give your bare feet a soft surface to walk on.

How to clean and care for outdoor rugs?

The easiest way to clean a dusty or dirty outdoor rug is by simply wiping it down with a damp cloth. This is a good daily care routine to get into. It’s important to hoover and rotate the rug regularly as well. Make sure you only use the standard vacuum floorhead, and never the rotating brush.

If your rug has gathered a lot of dirt and needs a thorough clean, there are a few things to keep in mind.

As outdoor rugs are water resistant, the fastest way to clean it is by rinsing it down with a garden hose and hanging outside to dry.

You’ll need to use a mild detergent for stubborn stains. Use a soft brush to scrub the stain and rinse it off with water. Then let the rug dry completely before use.

Other laundry instructions include:

  • Wash by hand, max 40°C.Do not bleach.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Do not iron.
  • Do not dry clean.

To help your rug last even longer, it’s a good idea to store it indoors whenever you’re not using it.

If you’ve followed all of these steps and the dirt in your rug still isn’t coming out, we recommend that you get a hand from professional carpet cleaners.

Are outdoor rugs waterproof?

It’s rare that you’ll find an outdoor rug that’s waterproof. However, they can sometimes be water resistant. And unlike most indoor rugs, they absorb less water and dry a lot quicker after getting wet. Which means you can leave them outside, even in the rain.

This doesn’t mean that they’re indestructible. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s a good idea to take the rug inside to keep it looking fresher for longer.

If your outdoor rug does get soaked, make sure to hang it up to dry. This helps protect the rug from mould and mildew.

Can outdoor rugs be used indoors?

Although outdoor rugs are made for the outside world, that doesn’t mean you can’t use them indoors. They can be really useful around the home, especially in the kitchen, where water splashes and food crumbs are an everyday challenge for most rugs.

Will outdoor rugs damage a concrete or a wood deck?

An outdoor rug will not damage your deck. It’s made to go outside, so there’s no risk to your wood or concrete patio. It won’t transfer colours, melt in the sun and it won’t hold or trap water, so you don’t have to worry about it rotting your boards.

It will, however, protect the decking that it covers. This is important to keep in mind, because while rain, snow, dirt and sun affects the rest of your deck, the patch underneath the rug is protected and will have a cleaner colour.

The texture of an outdoor rug can sometimes be a little bit slippery, so it might be necessary to keep it in place with an anti-slip rug underlay.