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Outdoor Rugs are IN
Spring and summer being just around the corner means barbecue season is almost in reach! What better time to start thinking about your outdoor space, and more importantly: outdoor rugs. Here’s our easy guide on why you should add an outdoor rug to your home accessories wishlist.
External design can be challenging, and an outdoor rug is perfect for turning your open space into somewhere you want to hang out, and maybe even your new favourite place. Bold prints and soft curves can be used to complement the organic and unpredictable design of nature, making it the perfect conversation-piece for any garden. Stand-out geometric patterns in earthy tones and bright accent colours can section off and draw attention to an area of your outdoor space, creating a designated dining area or a place for the little ones to play. Their adaptability is perfect for letting your well-designed interior spill out into your garden.
All of the benefits our outdoor rugs bring
Nice and Durable
Most outdoor rugs are made from polypropylene material that is hard-wearing and weather resistant (for everything but snow) making them perfect for use outdoors without needing to carry them in and out every time you need them. Their enhanced durability and UV resistance makes them perfect for a big social event or a sunny play-date, and even better for protecting your patio and decking from chair and table legs.
Muddy garden games and drink spilling would normally be a nightmare for your typical rug owner, but polypropylene material is also super easy to clean and care for. Spillages and crumbs from last night’s barbecue can easily be shaken or rinsed off; their water-resistant design means that they will welcome a gentle hose-down when the rough and tumble of summer life has finished.
And They Work Indoors Too!
Durability isn’t just important for a garden. An outdoor rug can work just as well indoors as the hard-wearing material makes these ideal for high-footfall areas like the kitchen or hallway. By using an outdoor rug inside your home, you get to enjoy all of the aesthetic merits of a regular rug but with the added toughness and easy-cleaning of an outdoor rug. Perfect for busy family homes, accidental spillages, food crumbs and muddy paws are no issue for an outdoor rug, which can just be taken outside and cleaned with the garden hose.
Keep them looking their best
To avoid sad looking floors, there are some simple steps to keep your outdoor rug looking fresh and cared for.
- Every now and then give the rug a good shake to remove excess dirt, dust and pet hair, or give it a vacuum – ideally removing the beater bar first.
- Accidents happen, so if you’ve split something on your rug that won’t just shake off, use a mild soap and rinse with a hose on both sides to help prevent staining.
- Loose threads can be carefully cut with scissors to keep it looking neat and when the weather turns – just roll it up with the backing facing outwards and store away.
P.S. Don’t forget to pick up an anti-slip mat to help it stay in place and protect the underside from rough surfaces.