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Can I Put an Outdoor Rug Inside?

You wouldn’t be the first if you’ve ever pondered the logic of putting an outdoor rug indoors, and rightly so, because there’s no real reason why you can’t and more than a few reasons why you should.

Look at these benefits, and you may start asking yourself why more of your indoor rugs aren’t of the outdoor variety.

1. Outdoor rugs are durable and more stain-resistant.

Most outdoor rugs are made with polypropylene (olefin), which is a super-strong polymer that could probably survive a trip through space if NASA wanted to carpet one of its shuttles.

You’ll also find blends that include other synthetic materials, which retain the strength while also offering variety in feel and pile, but the most durable designs feature polypropylene as a main ingredient.

2. Outdoor rugs come in thousands of designs.

Polypropylene and other synthetic materials can be manufactured and woven just as easily as more delicate fibers, so its durable quality isn’t really a barrier to style.

But, synthetics can’t always replicate the feel of some natural weaves. Thick-piled wool and cotton rugs are softer, but they also wear and stain more easily.

3. Outdoor rugs are easy to clean.

Any rug designed for outdoor use is a rug that’s easy to clean. Most can be hosed down with soap and water – though indoors you may want to try a wet rag.

What’s more, synthetic material can usually be treated without worry of discoloration for even stronger stain defense.

4. Outdoor rugs are comparable in price.

If anything, outdoor rugs are usually less expensive when you compare by size and design with rugs woven with natural fibers. And, that’s not a reflection of quality – it’s a matter of material and manufacturing.

So, if you’re looking for a more durable alternative for your indoor flooring décor, you may want to consider all the benefits outdoor rugs have to offer. 

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