February 24, 2022 12 min read
A rug can be quite a chore to keep clean - especially if you have children or pets around the house. Washing a rug by hand is time-consuming and potentially costly - if your machine washes it without checking first.
The good news is, you’re about to find out everything you need to know about washable area rugs. What sort of material should you choose? When and how should you wash it? Read on to answer these questions.
If you want a rug you can wash in the machine, the first step is to check if it will fit. It’s no good buying a lovely new rug only to find yourself paying for professionally cleaning after a few months.
Check the weight limit on your washer and see whether the rug will fit. Some of the largest rugs will likely not fit in any washing machine for the home and will need to be cleaned commercially.
This can happen to a rug after you put it through the washing machine! Some rugs are made of lightweight materials which can be susceptible to the corners curling up over time, especially after washing.
What’s the solution?
With so many materials available, it can be confusing to work out which sort of rug can go in your machine. Some materials are more easily washed than others, and some can only be hand washed.
Fear not - here’s a short primer on which rugs can and can’t be washed in the machine.
These rugs are eco-friendly and generally not treated with chemicals. They can be less durable, but they’re super soft. However, some of them cannot be machine washed.
These materials are hard-wearing absorbent and usually resist fading. They’re fairly inexpensive and come in an array of designs and colors.
These long rugs are the perfect complement to a long hallway. They also work well in a kitchen with an island or long worktop along one side. They combine form and function, helping to keep your feet warm in the winter while filling out otherwise empty floor space.
Here are some tips when choosing a runner rug for your home.
A kitchen runner rug should extend the length of the kitchen and leave around three to six inches on each side to allow for space between the rug and cabinets. These rugs will typically come in sizes 2 to 3 feet wide and 7 to 14 feet long.
A runner rug can range from 2 to 3 ft wide and 6 to 14 feet long and should leave around 4 to 5 inches of space on each side. You can experiment with placement, positioning furniture on either side of your rug or down one side.
These all depend on the sort of décor you have and how messy it gets. A darker color rug will hide spills and stains better, so it may be more appropriate for the kitchen and hallway areas.
Getting the right contrast for your décor is important too though, so choosing a rug with dark colors against a bright and airy kitchen theme might not be the best idea.
Solid colors and bold designs are usually present in oriental-style rugs, for example. This can fit with modern or boho-themed kitchens and hallways.
This little rug is a multipurpose addition to any room. It can be placed indoors or outdoors, on balconies, patios, and decking. Read on to see the top tips for the small area rug:
A small rug is usually around 3 by 5 feet. Since they are so versatile, knowing how much space to leave around them is difficult. You should tailor it to the room they are placed in. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to leave a few inches to be on the safe side.
Since these rugs are so versatile, you need to know about placement. Here are some tips:
This depends on which room you place your rug in. It’s best to match the material to how heavy the footfall is in a particular area of your home, and how soft you want the rug to be. There are style considerations as well, but first, here are some tips for materials:
Tied to the choice of material is how you want your rug to look and what sort of décor you have in your home. A brightly colored, high pile rug is obviously going to look out of place in a down-tone, modern kitchen. Here are some style tips:
These jumbo-sized rugs are great for the larger rooms in your home such as the living room and dining room.
They are great for grouping furniture together and covering hardwood flooring and come in a range of sizes and designs. This means you’ll always be spoilt for choice.
Read on to find out some tips when purchasing your area rug.
Though sizing varies, the most common dimensions are (in feet) 5 by 7, 6 by 10, 8 by 9, and 9 by 12. Even larger sizes are available but are becoming less common in favor of smaller rugs. . As always, measure the dimensions of the room you want the rug in before you buy!
The area rug is versatile. You can place it in any of the larger rooms of your home. Let’s go through some of the options:
The Living Room
The Dining Room
Washable rugs for the kitchen area can be tricky to select because it is a high footfall area, which also generates much mess. Therefore, it’s best to choose easily washable materials such as recycled plastics – Lorena Canals has a range for this. You can also choose stain-resistant materials.
The size of a kitchen area rug will obviously depend on the size of your kitchen. If you have an island worktop layout it’s best to go for a narrower runner rug, but an open plan kitchen should have enough space for a larger rug.
A round rug can be an asset to a room with circular furniture, curved walls, and other unique features. Read on for some tips and tricks!
No article about machine washable rugs would be complete without telling you some of the best kids rugs out there. Ruggable rugs have a few special features that mean they are perfect for children to play on!
Your rug should only be machine washed every 12-18 months, and this depends on how much usage it sees. Repeated washes may cause damage.
Here’s a couple of alternatives if you need to spot clean a rug:
So there you have it - everything you need to know about washable area rugs. From materials to size, style to alternative cleaning methods, you’re equipped to choose the right rug for your home.Wool isn't usually machine washable, but that’s not the case with the Lorena Canals range. You can check out this rug to compromise on the soft, cozy feeling of wool!
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