HOW TO CLEAN AN OUTDOOR RUG
Everyone remembers to wipe down the tables and chairs when they're getting ready to host a backyard party, but the outdoor rug often gets neglected. Over time, things like dirt and mud from shoes, dust, smushed berries and ketchup stains combined with the outdoor elements can make your outdoor living space look not-so-inviting.
Fortunately, indoor outdoor rugs are made to stand up to the elements, dry quickly, resist mold and mildew, resist fading and clean easily. There are two popular varieties of outdoor rugs, and both will last a long time if they're cared for properly. Brightly-colored synthetic rugs are made of Olefin, propylene, acrylic and nylon. These varieties have a way of making you think they're clean when they're wet, but dirt rises to the surface once they've dried. Natural rugs are a strong choice when it comes to texture and durability, but should not be exposed to as much moisture as synthetic rugs. Although outdoor rugs are typically mold and mildew resistant, the dirt and moisture that accumulates on them is where these pesky fungi can grow.
When cleaning an outdoor rug with mildew, dirt, stains and general grime, some common household items that people reach for include dish soap, white vinegar and baking soda. Dish soap and white vinegar might not work hard enough to restore your rug to its original color, while baking soda's fine particles can eventually build up and clog your vacuum cleaner. Club soda is another popular option for absorbing acidic stains like red wine or tomato sauce, but won't help much when it comes to sticky stains or ground-in, greasy messes.
It's easiest to use one cleaner that addresses everything from grease to food stains to mildew smells. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner, degreaser, deodorizer and stain remover that powers out dirt and grime on washable surfaces.
Deep clean your indoor outdoor rug at the beginning and end of season, and spot clean as soon as you notice a stain. Regular vacuuming is essential to keeping these area rugs in good shape between deep cleanings.
If you're unsure about how Simple Green will affect a surface, be sure to spot test before cleaning.
TIP: Store your rug when it's not being used. Before snowy season rolls around, roll your rug up and store it indoors.
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