An outdoor rug may be built to last, but they endure more wear and tear than most. Inclement weather, heavy foot traffic, and time can all take their toll. Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your outdoor rug looking as fresh as the day you bought it.
Store it When You’re Not Using it
This may seem like an obvious tip, but some people take the “all seasons” label on a rug at face value. If you’re not going to be using your rug for weeks or months at a time, roll it up and keep it in storage. Cover it with a plastic tarp and hold it together with bungee cords. In the spring, you can roll it out looking fresh and vibrant.
Clean the Rug Regularly
Outdoor rugs take on heavy foot traffic, torrential rainfall, and more than their fair share of dirt. Protect your investment by cleaning your outdoor rug monthly. Take this easy DIY approach: make a solution of mild dish soap and water, lightly scrubbing with a nylon brush. After scrubbing, rinse with a hose and let dry.
Tackle Tough Stains Immediately
If you’re hosting parties and run into a spill with wine or a tomato-based product like ketchup, clean it right away. Start by blotting the stain with a clean cloth, removing excess moisture. Next, use club soda to neutralize the acid in the spill and prevent permanent staining.
Minimize Sun Exposure
This may seem like a tall order, but the sun’s rays can be damaging to vibrant colors and fabrics. Consider placing your rug in the shade or under a patio umbrella to prevent sunwashing. An exception to this rule is after cleaning – you’ll want to dry your rug in the sun to prevent mold growth.
Your outdoor rug is an investment. Protect your outdoor rug this season and in the years to come with these simple yet effective tips.