A good rug is one of the first things I notice about a room. Whether it’s got a funky design with home decor to match or just feels incredible to spread out on, a rug is one of the most staple pieces of furniture.
It can also be one of the most deceivingly expensive, and one of the easiest to screw up forever. Think kids, dogs, muddy boots, and red wine. Having machine washable rugs is an absolute must.
There are a couple different variables to think about when you’re picking a rug. Do you want a rug that takes up the entire floor space? Or just a segment of it? Are you feeling a soft material like cotton or shag or even faux fur? Or something rougher like jute or canvas?
While these rugs should absolutely be used in any room, getting one for your living room is particularly important because it’s one of those pesky high traffic areas. So if you’ve got to pick and choose, be sure to hit the shared spaces first.
How to Wash Rugs
If a rug is machine washable, you can safely assume that it’s okay to throw in your washing machine! Especially for smaller rugs like runners and kitchen mats that can easily fit in a normal washer/dryer.
However, many of us do not have washing machines big enough to work on a full size rug. That’s where the laundromat comes in handy. Most laundromats have industrial sized washers that will be able to handle the load of your entire rug. I suggest going here!
Personally, most of the times I’ve needed to wash my rug, it’s been just a couple key spots that need cleaning. Using a washcloth and hand cleaning with detergent has been a fantastic option for my machine washable rugs when I don’t feel like lugging it to a machine.
If not, you can always call a carpet cleaning company. These tend to be more expensive, so I suggest using this as a last resort.
In terms of drying, the same thing goes. Unless you have a mega-dryer, the laundromat will be your best bet. Or if you have access to a porch/patio, you can always leave it out to dry. If it’s a colored rug, just beware of sun-bleaching and try to dry outdoors on a cloudier day.
Having a washable rug just seems like no brainer. You’ll never have to stress out again while watching guests eat curry in the living room or bring their red wine glasses out of the kitchen. Every stain is incredibly solvable.
All of the rugs on this list are far cooler than just the fact that they are washable. Any of them would be still worth it even without that amazing feature.
Buying furniture is one of the most fun and most stressful parts of decorating a home. You want to buy pieces that are cute but will also last a long time. There’s no reason to buy a rug that will be stained and threadbare by next year.
The washable component of these rugs means you are absolutely getting your money’s worth. Just remember to always read the care instructions before washing. You wouldn’t want to turn a massive full room rug into a welcome mat!