Rugs can do for outdoors spaces what they've been doing for indoor spaces for years-define an area and add color, style and texture. Today's outdoor rugs are so good-looking, durable, and affordable that many of them look great as indoor rugs, too.

Here are many tips to keep in mind when buying or replacing an outdoor rug:

  • Some are more durable than others, Any rug will last longer if you put it in a covered area.
  • Sometimes a good shake and spot clean is all an outdoor rug needs. You can also vacuum it. But for a good cleaning, hang it up, hose it off, and let it dry completely before putting it back.
  • When buying, look for a label that says 100 percent polypropylene. The tag should also say that the rug is UV-stabilized to resist fading, mold and mildew.
  • Because outdoor rugs are made of synthetic, durable, all-weather materials, they're a good option for indoors, too, especially in high-traffic areas and mudrooms.
  • If you are trying to decide between a hand-made or a machine-made rug, consider this: Machine-made rugs are lighter, they dry faster, and they are better for exposed areas. Handmade may have a higher pile and feel softer, but they hold water and will stay soggy longer.
  • Add a mesh pad under the rug if it's slipping. A pad will also make it look thicker.
  • When picking an outdoor rug, determine the size. In a seating area, at least all front legs of furniture should be on the rug. In a dining area, all legs should be on the rug even when chairs are scooted out.
  • Current popular designs include bold colors and patterns, particularly florals, botanicals, and geometrics.

Be sure to keep in mind that mold and mildew can form on an outdoor rug if it's getting rained on (or your sprinkler is hitting it) frequently. A good quality outdoor rug will be made to resist rapid mold and mildew growth, however there isn't a rug we've ever seen that is completely “mold proof.” To ensure your rug lasts for many years, again throw it over a railing or hang it up after a heavy rain or anytime it gets really wet. Mark your calendar to do it once a week, and you'll be just fine. This will also help dry and preserve the surface underneath the rug, too! Especially if that surface is a wood deck.

Take good care of your outdoor rug, and it will take good care of you.

Source by Andy J. Bell