How to Care for Outdoor Rugs
The steps you can take to prevent damage and make them last longer
If you own an outdoor rug, chances are it has been exposed to moisture or condensation, which can cause it to deteriorate. But there are a handful of steps you can take to preserve the life of your rug. Here’s what you should know.
Washing and Drying
In an ideal world, you’d have the time and energy to stow away a rug before it rains to prolong its life and prevent damage to outdoor surfaces due to mold or mildew building up under the rug. Of course, that’s not always realistic. The next best thing is to routinely care for your rug.
Those who live in temperate climates should store rugs in the off-season to avoid unnecessarily exposing them to the elements in the winter months. Thoroughly dry the rugs, then roll them up and stow them in an enclosed space that protects the piece from rain or excessive moisture. These steps can significantly prolong the life of your landing pad.
If your outdoor space is relatively enclosed (think stacked apartment balconies), there is a little more leeway in terms of how long the rug can be left out. That said, periodically hang the rug and allow it to air out—just like with wet towels, good circulation can help prevent mold and mildew.