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A roundup of the best machine washable rugs.
You saved up for months to buy that beautiful new vintage rug. Only to have your 4-year-old spill bright purple grape juice all over it.
Oh, the horror.
But what if I told you that you never had to worry about stains like that again? And that you could have a nice looking rug that’s totally machine washable?
Well, my friends, with the stylish rugs I’m about to show you, you can have your cake (and grape juice) … and eat it too.
And by the way, these aren’t the crappy washable rugs you might be thinking of. These washable rugs are much better. They have different colors, textures, and patterns that will fit with any style of decor.
They are the kind of rug that you want to have under your dining table. Or in your living room. Or in your entryway. Or the hallway. You get the picture.
And they are totally 100% machine washable!
I’ve included a bunch of great options for these types of rugs below as well as some tips for picking the best ones.
But first, a little back story …
(harp playing softly)
I tell ya…
There is nothing that puts a damper on my day like a stain on a favorite rug that you can’t get out.
I learned this the hard way when my hallway rug got ruined. My kid accidentally barfed all over it. Just a baby step forward and he would have missed it completely.
And then there was the time when my dog decided to use my brand new jute runner as her personal loo. That was such a bummer.
Well, I was watching the Today Show one morning and they did a segment on these machine washable rugs. And I was totally blown away at how a nice large area rug could be thrown in the wash like that. And come out looking brand new?
Ummm, yes, please!
So, I immediately went online and ordered myself one. We have had this rug in our kitchen for a while now and it’s held up so well and through so many machine washes. And it’s a NICE rug.
My husband will tell you we bought this rug because we needed something to catch the mess that comes in from the back door.
And yes, that’s true.
I will tell you we really bought this rug to cover up the ugly, old, cracked slate floors in our kitchen which don’t match the rest of the house. LOL.
Update: we renovated! See our newly renovated kitchen here!
How our Rug Has Held Up
Since this rug is located right off our back door – it takes quite the beating. It rains here. A lot. Everybody comes through that back door, including our dog. Muddy shoes, muddy paws, grassy feet, dirty backpacks, grocery tote bags (which can get quite dirty), etc.
We have a rule about taking shoes off before we come in but it doesn’t always happen. And the dog can’t exactly “take her shoes off.”
This rug really helps catch the mess. And I don’t sweat it one bit if it gets incredibly dirty.
Having a nice soft rug underfoot in the kitchen has made a world of difference.
How these Ruggable Rugs Work
Here’s how these rugs work, in a nutshell.
There are two layers. The bottom layer is fuzzy and soft. The top layer is the actual rug and it “clings” to this fuzzy layer underneath.
The fuzzy layer underneath acts like a rug gripper. It has an anti-slip on the back of it. It won’t give the rug an incredible amount of padding, but you’ll get some.
You can’t wash the fuzzy pad, but you can vacuum it. And you can vacuum the whole rug as normal anytime.
When you need to wash the rug, you simply detach the rug layer from the bottom layer and throw the top rug layer in the wash.
When it comes out of the dryer, you simply line it back up on top of the fuzzy layer and it’s good to go.
I feel like I’m in one of those snuggle commercials when this thing comes out the dryer, all clean and fresh. It smells so good. You just want to hug it and close your eyes to capture its warmth, softness and fresh scent. Errr, just me?
Another amazing tidbit I can share? Ruggable rugs are now available on Amazon. Could I be any more excited? (Chandler Bing voice)
According to Ruggable, an 8×10 rug is considered one load of laundry. So a pretty large area rug will fit in your washing machine!
I wash mine every month or so. All those mud spots, dirt, and stains come right out. I run it on a normal cycle with normal detergent. It states you should spot treat stains as soon as possible.
Here’s a secret though. I don’t. And mine seems ok. We never spilled red wine or oil or grape juice on it though.
But having a newly cleaned rug like that will make your whole house feel renewed.
We did get ours a little while ago so it doesn’t look like our pattern is available anymore. But they have so many new ones that I love!
The largest size they have is 8×10. And they also have a runner size. I feel like these things were made for hallways and kitchens. But you can use them anywhere.
You can peruse their website based on styles. The kid’s rugs they offer are just adorable.
We love ours and it’s held up really well with two kids, a dog, and a cross country move. Oh and a very rainy climate, too.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Washable Rug
Make sure to keep the following tips in mind before purchasing your machine washable rug.
- Machine washable rugs are mostly made of synthetic materials – but the overall look and designs are just beautiful. You can find rugs that are made with natural materials, like cotton, wool but you will pay a little bit more.
- Make sure your washer will fit the rug size. We own an 8×10 and I can fit that into my front loading machine, but if you happen to have a smaller washer – keep in mind that it might be too big to wash right.
- Ensure you can actually throw the rug in the wash. Yes, some rugs will say they are washable, but they are not really machine washable. Make sure you read the fine print or contact the store directly to double-check.
The Best Machine Washable rugs
There are more rug companies out there that offer these fabulous rugs that you can throw in the wash. So it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find that perfect choice to fit in with your home decor.
Here are some of my favorite brands.
- Ruggable – obviously. They now offer longer runner styles! SO GOOD you guys.
- Lorena Canals – offers more styles than before! I definitely think I’ll have to give these guys a try sometime.
- Pottery Barn Kids – PB has gotten in on the machine washable action. Go here to check out all their machine washable rugs.
My Washable Rug Picks
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(featured image via Lorena Canals)