How to Keep Your Outdoor Rugs Looking New

By their very nature, outdoor rugs are meant to weather the elements to some degree outside, but everyone should take to time to learn how to clean your outdoor rugs to keep them looking great and enduring through each season.

How to Clean Your Outdoor Rugs

There are some easy general cleaning steps to keep in mind when caring for your outdoor rugs.

Step 1–You should sweep outdoor rugs regularly, and yes- even vacuum them to keep general dirt and debris at bay.

DID YOU KNOW? Most outdoor rugs are synthetic, so they are mold and mildew resistant, however- the dirt and grime that can accumulate on them is where mold can begin if not prevented. Best bet–clean them regularly.

Step 2–After you’ve done a good sweeping, use a soft brush and a mix of mild detergent and water to spot clean any stains.

Step 3–Use a hose to rinse it completely and let it thoroughly dry outside.

DID YOU KNOW? When you have a really nasty stain, like wine or ketchup, use the old standard and blot club soda on a white washcloth to get rid of the stain. The club soda neutralizes the stain and improves your chances of removing it.

How to Clean Mold on an Outdoor Rug

Go straight to your kitchen cupboard for the white vinegar, and pour it full-strength onto the moldy rug. Let it sit for about an hour. Then, add about a cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water, and use a scrub brush to brush it clean. Rinse with the garden hose and let dry thoroughly.

How to Store an Outdoor Rug

Depending on your weather, your outdoor rugs may see a wide range of outdoor time. Make an effort to store your rugs when they are not in use, to keep them from having to endure more weather than they need to. Roll it up and cover with a tarp. Use stretch cords or rope to secure it and find a spare corner of the garage to hold it until next season.

How to Dry an Outdoor Rug

After you’ve washed your outdoor rug, or if it has just braved the latest tropical storm system, be sure to dry it thoroughly in the sun. Hang it over a deck railing where it will catch its share of rays, and flip it often to make sure that it dries from both sides. Don’t let it dry in the shade or sitting in the water that you washed it in—it will do it more harm than good.

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