Guide to Washable Rugs
Are you in the market for a new rug that will hold up to real life? Have you been seeing a log of ads for machine-washable area rugs? I feel like every time I get on my computer or phone some app is showing me a machine washable rug. Ruggable must have a very large advertising budget. But are they that great? My experience says no.
If you are considering buying a washable rug, take a minute to read these honest (unsponsored) reviews and details about what these rugs are like. I’ve bought four machine-washable rugs from different manufacturers and before you break out your credit card be sure this is what you really want.
I’m going to show you my washable rugs and explain the pros and cons of washable rugs. I’ll also share the brands that I like best.
Is Ruggable The Only Washable Rug?
You might think this if you use Instagram, but NO Ruggable is not the only washable rug. In fact, washable rugs have existed for as long as rugs have existed. COTTON RAG RUGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WASHABLE. Also, there are MANY other established, top brands that have washable rug collections, like Nuloom, Realife Rugs and Boutique Rugs.
Unlike ruggable’s rugs, these other brands don’t come with their own mat. The Ruggable mat is almost like a large piece of velcro that holds your rug in place. The reason you need a mat like this is because the rug is so thin that without a mat it will wrinkle up or bunch up. The rug doesn’t have enough weight to lay flat on its own.
What are The Best Washable Rugs?
I have tried Nuloom Washable rugs, BoutiqueRugs and Ruggable rugs. These are all quality brands. It depends more on whether you like the look and feel of the rugs. They are all low pile rugs and don’t feel very soft and squishy or have a plush look, but they have a place.
Ruggable – You can see a great video review of Ruggables here. Unfortunately, the Ruggable rug I bought went back. I didn’t like the feel of it for a living room. It was too thin. Be sure to read the company’s return policy if you plan to send yours back. There is a restocking fee of $25 and you shouldn’t leave the rug down long enough to get ANYTHING on it. That seems fair, but just know that.
Nuloom – I kept the Nuloom washable rug I purchased for the bathroom. It doesn’t feel like a rug, it feels more like a mat, which works in a bathroom. I don’t have to worry about it moving because the space doesn’t allow it. Update 6 months in: I threw this one out. It was washable, but it didn’t look CLEAN.
Boutique Rug – I purchased a washable Neyland runner from Boutique Rugs for our hallway. In this case, a thin rug is the perfect rug because doors have to open over the rug and a thick rug doesn’t work. The Boutique Rug is the only washable rug I would buy again.
Are Washable Rugs Worth it?
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In my opinion, no, washable rugs are not worth it. I have two exceptions to this. Washable rugs are a good option for pet owners that have frequent pet stains or this with small children. They can be worth it BUT they still aren’t that easy to wash unless they are a smaller size. One of the best places to use them is high-traffic areas like an entry or hallway. They are also a great option for someplace like a bathroom or in front of the kitchen sink. In these places washing them is easy because they are small.
Have you tried machine washing a king sized blanket? An 8×10 washable rug is still very large and washing them isn’t something you will want to do every week, especially if you have a small washing machine. I think indoor outdoor rugs are a good choice, they are much better at handling dirt. You can hose them off outside do spot cleaning with carpet cleaner inside if necessary. I’ve cleaned many pet vomit stains off my wool and indoor/outdoor rugs with the use of a steam vacuum.
I don’t think these rugs look as good in person as they do in photos. I would describe them as more of a mat than a rug. With a patterned rug the pattern doesn’t look like it is woven in, like a typical rug. It looks like it’s more printed on top. They are VERY THIN or low pile (less than 1/8 inch). Here’s an example from my home.
This rug is a Nuloom washable rug (similar) in a 3 foot x 5 foot size. In this case, no special mat is needed because it doesn’t have room to move around. These kinds of rugs work well in confined spaces. Update: I don’t recommend getting a washable rug that has a white or light background. They can be washed, but the white doesn’t stay white even after being washed.
Pros and Cons of Washable Rugs
Pros of Washable Rugs
- Washable rugs are washable, but it’s a pain to wash a large washable rug because you might have to move furniture. IF you have a top loading machine, you will definitely need to make sure you carefully place the rug in evenly or it can get very out of balance.
- They work well in small spaces like bathrooms, entry ways and in front of the sink.
Cons of Washable Rugs
- They are very thin and don’t provide the cushion that other rugs offer. I wouldn’t use one in the living room or bedroom.
- They move around more because they are so thin. ruggable’s rugs moves less than others because of the special pad.
- They curl at the edges, probably because they get washed.
Have you tried a washable rug? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.