Washable rugs are a smart choice for high-traffic areas of your home, like foyers and hallways, and also for underneath kitchen and dining tables, where spills are bound to happen. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice style for practically, as there are a slew of attractive options on the market that work with practically any decor. Another major plus is that washable rugs are relatively inexpensive in comparison to hand-tufted wool, silk, or chenille rugs, so you can furnish more rooms in the house on a budget. Read on for our top picks, along with advice on what to look for while you shop.
What to Consider
The first thing to consider when shopping for a washable rug (or any rug for that matter) is durability, specifically if you want it to hold up in a high-traffic area. Material and pile height are generally determining factors. Low-pile polyester rugs will withstand wear and tear better than, say, a handwoven cotton rug or a high-pile shag rug. Backing is also important: Some rugs are lined with a nonslip material and others aren’t, and you can always lay your own rug pad for extra safety and to protect your floors.
Also, some synthetic rugs aren’t made to be used on heated flooring. For cleaning, washing the rug on a cold cycle using mild detergent is recommended. Many can be thrown in the dryer on a no-heat setting, and line-drying is always an option.
How We Chose
All of the rugs we feature below have average customer ratings of at least four stars, with the majority given 4.5 stars or more. Our selection includes options in a range of popular styles, from classic geometric patterns to solid shags to updated traditional rugs. All are washable, of course, but beyond that, there aren’t a ton of features to take into account other than what’s noted above.
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Classic Black-and-White Striped
Seavish Washable Rug
Going with a classic, black-and-white-striped rug is an excellent way to define a space. It acts as a focal point to draw the eye, and after layering a sofa, accent chairs, a coffee table, and other furniture on top, it’ll make the entire room feel pulled together.
This handwoven rug—shown in 5×8—is made of 100 percent cotton, and is available in other bold patterns, such as gingham and plaid, that will produce a similar effect. It also comes in additional sizes. The rug is machine-washable, though dry cleaning is recommended for regular maintenance.
The Transitional Rug
Wrought Studio Washable Rug
This geometric rug is also brilliant for defining space, though choosing softer tones, such as this sky blue, has a subtler impact. The low-pile washable rug has a nonslip backing and is power-loomed, made of durable polypropylene, so it’s a good choice for high-traffic areas.
It’s shown in approximately 5×8 but available in other sizes, along with neutral hues and colors, such as terra cotta and navy paired with the same cream background. It’s also suitable for indoor-outdoor use, though it isn’t safe to lay on heated flooring.
The Contemporary Rug
Zipcode Design Washable Rug
Handwoven in India, this lovely 100 percent cotton rug is perfect for a porch or bedroom. It’s soft underfoot, with a high-low pile creating a tightly woven pattern that adds a hint of texture for visual interest. It comes in other equally appealing colors and hues, including navy and on-trend olive green, plus additional sizes. The washable flatweave rug is for indoor use only, and placing a rug pad underneath is highly recommended.
The Modern Abstract Rug
17 Stories Washable Rug
This sophisticated abstract rug looks upscale and works well with modern and contemporary decor. The washable rug features a range of soft gray hues accented with patches of cool denim blue that vary in tone. The power-loomed recycled polyester fabric is somewhat stain-resistant and has a nonslip rubber backing, so it’s perfect for high-traffic areas or underneath a dining table, plus it’s a smart choice for homes with pets.
To clean, wash it in cold in a front-loading machine, and you can even throw it in the dryer on a no-heat setting. The rug is for indoor use only, though it isn’t heated-floor-safe.
The Solid Shag Rug
Ebern Designs Washable Rug
If you covet a shag rug but have shied away because cleaning seems like a nightmare, this swoonworthy washable option is for you. If the chic bright yellow that’s shown is too bold for your taste, it’s also available in other on-trend hues, including ultra-appealing teal and salmon pink. The 1-inch-pile-height polyester rug is machine-made in Turkey, designed for indoor use only.
While there’s a cotton backing, you may wish to add a rug pad underneath, especially if the rug is in a high-traffic area.
The Distressed Vintage Rug
Charlton Home Washable Rug
This traditional rug’s distressed, vintage vibes give it a fresh look that prevent it from being stuffy or boring. Done in a soft blue hue with an elegant floral pattern, the washable polyester rug is durable and somewhat stain-resistant. It’s machine-made and has a soft nonslip backing to prevent it from shifting in high-traffic areas and a low .25-pile height.
It’s available in other sizes, including two runner options, and is designed for indoor use only, though not on heated flooring.
The Nursery Rug
Veken Washable Rug
An area rug that’s soft underfoot makes a nursery feel extra cozy, and having one that’s washable is a must. This thick, shaggy polyester fits the bill, available in a range of soft hues and brighter colors, and in additional sizes. It’s for indoor use only, with a nonslip backing, plus extra foam padding in the center so you sit comfortably while your infant has tummy time. For cleaning, throw it in the washing machine on a cold cycle using mild detergent, and line-dry after.
The Boho-Chic Rug
Foundry Select Washable Rug
We love this boho-chic rug—and love that it’s machine-washable, as its light fibers won’t dingy after a few months of wear and tear. The power-loomed, low-pile polyester rug has a canvas backing designed to grip the floor, but you may wish to add a nonslip rubber pad underneath if it’s in a high-traffic area. The stylish pattern is done in a dark charcoal gray that’s close to black, set against a warm white background.
It’s best to wash it in a large front-loading machine on a cold cycle, and it can be line-dried or put in the dryer on a no-heat setting. The rug is for indoor use only, though not safe for heated flooring.
The Color-Striped Rug
Ebern Designs Amariyanna Washable Rug
This cheery striped rug will brighten up any space, with a subtle gradient of rainbow hues set against a cream background, and works especially well-paired with a dark floor. The flatweave polyester rug is machine-made, designed for indoor use, though it isn’t safe for heated flooring. It’s shown here in 5×7, but it’s also available in 3×5 and as a 7-foot-long runner.
Stains can be spot-treated and you can machine-wash it in cold using mild detergent. Dry it on a no- or low-heat setting and lay it down immediately after cleaning to smooth out wrinkles.
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