Carpets can do for open spaces what they have done for interiors for years, define areas and add color, style, and texture. Today's outdoor rugs look so good, durable, and affordable that many of them look great as indoor rugs.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying or replacing an outdoor carpet:
When buying outdoor rugs, look for a label that says 100 percent polypropylene. The label must also state that the carpet is UV stabilized to resist fading, and mildew.
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Some are more durable than others. Any carpet will last longer if you place it in an enclosed area.
Sometimes a good wiggle and cleaning on-site are all an outdoor rug needs. You can suck it up too. But for a good cleaning, hang it up, take it out and let it dry completely before putting it back in.
Since outdoor rugs are made of heavy-duty synthetic materials for all weather conditions, they are also a great choice for indoor use, especially in areas with heavy traffic and muddy spaces.
Handmade ones may have a higher pile and feel softer, but they retain water and stay moist longer. Add a mesh pad under the rug if it slips. The pad also makes it look thicker.
When choosing an outdoor rug, determine its size. In the sitting area, at least all the front legs of the furniture should be on the carpet. In the dining room, all feet must be on the carpet, even if the chair is removed.