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Washable Area Rugs

Washable Accent Rugs



Accent rugs are a wonderful way to brighten up any room without having to spend a large amount of money replacing an entire carpet. They are both functional and decorative, and can be found in an endless amount of colors, patterns, designs, shapes, and sizes. However, you may find that your accent rugs are becoming dirty; rather than routinely replacing your accent rugs, purchase washable accent rugs.

In stores, washable accent rugs are sold in the rugs department among those rugs that are not washable. In order to determine whether the rug will be washable, you can simply look at the tag of the rug. The tag will give information such as the materials involved in making the rug, and sometimes may tell you right on the tag how to wash it.

Materials that are washable include cotton and wool, as well as synthetics like olefin and polypropylene. Just be sure that the rug is small enough to fit into a washing machine, otherwise you will have difficulty getting it clean.

When preparing to wash your washable accent rugs, there are a few things that you should know before just throwing them into the washing machine and hoping for the best. First of all, you should remove all the loose dirt and debris from the washable accent rug. To do this, you can either shake the rug by hand, or you can hang the rug up and beat it with a tennis racket or other object. The latter option will be more effective in removing dirt from heavily dirtied rugs.

Next, you will want to put the washable accent rug into the washing machine with a little bit of mild detergent. Do not use any harsh chemicals such as bleach as they can damage the fibers of the rug. Next, wash on a lukewarm or cool water setting so that the colors in the rug do not fade. Finally, hang the rug to dry, do not put into the dryer.


Washable accent rugs are quite easy to find, the most difficult part of the shopping process will be finding the exact type of accent rug you are looking for. Stores with home decoration departments always have some accent rugs for sale, and the majority of them are washable. Good places to check are Target, Wal-Mart, Home Goods, Marshall’s, and T.J.Maxx.

More expensive washable rugs can be found at higher-end home décor stores like Pier 1, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware. Of course, the Internet has countless options for washable accent rugs; Amazon.com and Overstock.com are great places to start.