Best & Worst Rug Materials for Families

by | Jul 1, 2021 | Blog, Restoration

Advice from the Super Moms at EcoClean

Rugs are a beautiful addition to a living space, but with kids and pets around – they tend to soak up all kinds of messy mishaps. That doesn’t mean you should avoid showcasing a gorgeous rug in your home! You just need to find the perfect rug that suits your lively household.

Best Rug Material for your home

As two moms who raise families and operate the EcoClean office, we know exactly what to look for when purchasing rugs that will likely receive muddy footprints, juice puddles, and pet potty breaks. For households with young kids and/or fur kids, these are the rug materials we love… and the ones we avoid.

 

We Love…

 

Nylon

With a minimal upkeep of a light vacuum every week or two, nylon rugs are easy-to-clean and trouble-free. Their dirt resistant super powers make them the perfect floor décor for homes with playful children and pets.


Wool

Luxurious, low-maintenance, and long-lasting. Wool is super cozy with its fluffy underfoot and extra durable with its coil structured fibers that easily keep their shape, even with heavy foot traffic. As a natural water and stain repellant, wool only requires a weekly vacuum.

 

Polypropylene (aka Olefin)
Polypropylene rugs stop muddy foot and/or paw prints in their tracks, literally. Often used as entryway rugs because of its durability, this synthetic material is also water and stain resistant. As long as you vacuum regularly and clean as needed, polypropylene rugs will stay soft and sturdy.

 

We Avoid…


Viscose
While viscose rugs are gorgeous and inexpensive, they’re also fragile and bound to shed, especially when they’re exposed to water. In a home with recurring spills or soils, viscose isn’t the best rug option.

 

Jute
Jute is another rug material that doesn’t belong in a household that commonly experiences drink spills or indoor pet accidents. If they’re not kept dry, jute rugs can easily grow mold or mildew. No thanks.


Natural Fiber Rugs (Bamboo, Seagrass, etc.)
Natural fiber materials are prone to shedding and stains, resulting in a rug that’s difficult to clean. They also lack softness, making floor activities with kids scratchy, uncomfortable, and not-so-fun.

 

No matter what material you choose, it’s important to have your rug professionally sanitized every 1-2 years to keep it fresh, flawless, and confidently clean. If your rug needs a scrub, book a rug restoration appointment with EcoClean.