How to Refresh an Outdoor Rug

Arianna Ikat Outdoor Rug from Annevoie by NuLoom

Outdoor rugs are an interior design trend that is here to stay. Adding a stylish outdoor rug to patios, porches, pools, and decks are an easy and fun way to inject color and warmth into an outside space. With so many patterns and design choices to choose from, budget-friendly outdoor rugs increased in popularity in recent years, moving way beyond the traditional welcome mat.

Fashioned from durable materials capable of withstanding Mother Nature, outdoor rugs stand the test of time and are typically low maintenance. That doesn’t mean outdoor rugs don’t need a bit of TLC from time to time. Just like indoor rugs, outdoor rugs benefit from regular care that works to prolong their life. With these simple tips for refreshing outdoor rugs, your outdoor rug will be around to savor for many seasons to come.

Say Goodbye to Winter

MTM-1013 from Maritime by Surya

Unless you live in an area that doesn’t see temperature drops below freezing in winter, outdoor rugs should be cleaned and stored for the winter months. While it’s true outdoor rugs are meant to be outside and hold up quite well to harsh weather, leaving them outside to endure all of winter’s highs and lows will not work to prolong its life. Outdoor rugs hidden under piles of snow will eventually succumb to mold and mildew.

One of the best ways to keep your outdoor rug fresh for outside festivities is to clean and store it before temperatures start to dip below freezing. If you are storing outdoor furniture, do the same for your outdoor rug. Once the outdoor rug is cleaned and dried, make sure to wrap it carefully to keep pests from moving in.

Coming Out of Storage

Outdoor Alexis Rug from Dawn by NuLoom

The best spot to store an outdoor rug is off the floor in a cool, dry place. Avoid folding outdoor rugs and resist the temptation to place other items on top of it. When spring is in the air, it’s time to take the outdoor rug out of storage and freshen it up for the upcoming outdoor season.

Since you’ve cleaned it before storage, a complete overhaul isn’t necessary. After unwrapping the rug, make sure to give it a thorough vacuuming. Leaf blowers are also a top pick for freshening up an outdoor rug. If possible, hang it on a clothesline or over a railing to air out in the sun. Then, put it in place and get ready to enjoy your outdoor space again.

Rug Pad Care

Rug Pad Care

Rug pads are an essential component in keeping outdoor rugs going strong. Just like indoor rugs, using a rug pad extends its life, protecting the rug fibers as well as the flooring underneath. Thinner rug pads are ideal for outdoor rugs because they’re not absorbent.

Rug pads like outdoor rugs need minimal care and upkeep. Since the rug pad is outside and typically seeing a lot of foot traffic, vacuuming or using the leaf blower a couple of times a season helps keep dirt from accumulating. Periodically shaking the rug pads out is recommended as well. After a heavy rain, it’s proactive to allow both the outdoor rug and accompanying rug pad to dry thoroughly. Before storing the rug pad along with the outdoor rug, be sure to clean it.

Keeping Your Outdoor Rug Fresh

Arianna Ikat Outdoor Rug from Annevoie by NuLoom

While outdoor rugs do not require the same amount of attention as indoor rugs, certain tips still help to keep them looking fresh season after season. Whether your outdoor rug sits on the patio, deck or porch, keep these tips in mind for overall maintenance.

  • When you buy your outdoor rug, find a rug pad to go with it.
  • Don’t let spills sit. Clean them up as soon as possible.
  • When it rains it pours, let the rug and pad air dry completely in the sun on a clothesline or over a railing. Don’t forget to dry both sides.
  • Shake rugs out daily especially if the outdoor rugs see a lot of foot traffic.
  • Vacuum or use the leaf blower on outdoor rugs at least once a week. Remember to avoid vacuuming an outdoor rug when it’s wet. This can actually damage the rug fibers.
  • Washing outdoor rugs monthly with a hose and mild dish detergent is recommended. Check the manufacturer’s directions before adding water to any rug.
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