Indoor/Outdoor Rugs: Why We Love Them

One of my favorite spring cleaning to-do's is updating the indoor/outdoor rugs around my home. Indoor/Outdoor rugs are ideal for high-traffic transition spaces within your home. They're both durable and stylish, the perfect combo. What I love most about them is that they are the perfect spring companion. They can easily handle the muddy paws, the dirty rain boots, and all the outside elements that seem to make their way inside during the spring season. I've rounded up a few of my favorites below, and included a few faq's to learn more about their durability and uniqueness.


From our Wilmar Drive Project | Photo by Tyler Norman Photography


Common FAQ'S


What are indoor/outdoor rugs made out of?

Most outdoor rugs are made from tightly woven polypropylene or other synthetic fibers that do not absorb water.


How durable are indoor/outdoor rugs? Can they handle being outside in all the elements?

Yes! They can be outside with very minimal wear and tear. You may see slight color fading if placed in direct sunlight. Just remember to rotate them periodically.


Are indoor/outdoor rugs waterproof and mold resistant?

Outdoor rugs are water-resistant. They can be left out in the rain but they don't like to sit in standing water. They are considered mold resistant, but it's best to keep them away from standing water to avoid mold growth.


Do I need a rug pad for my indoor/outdoor rug?

Yes! There are rug pads made specifically for outdoor rugs. They help to prolong the life of your rug by acting as a buffer between your rug and the surface it's on top of.


How do I care for an indoor/outdoor rug?

My recommendation is to vacuum or sweep off the debris first. Then spot treat with mild soap and water. You can also hose them down outside and let air-dry for a deeper, fresher clean.


From our Timberlake Drive Project | Photo by Tyler Norman Photography



Christine McCall Home is a full-service interior design studio in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in residential interior renovations.