The 9 best washable rugs of 2021
Washable rugs are a good choice for high traffic areas of your home, such as foyers and hallways, as well as under kitchen and dining room tables, where spills are inevitable. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice style for practically, as there are tons of attractive options on the market that work with virtually any decor. Another major advantage is that washable rugs are relatively inexpensive compared 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, plus tips on what to look for while you shop.
The first thing to consider when buying a washable rug (or any rug for that matter) is durability, especially if you want it to stand up in a high traffic area. The material and the height of the piles are generally determining factors. Short pile polyester rugs will stand up to wear and tear better than, for example, a hand-woven cotton rug or a high pile rug. The backing is also important: some rugs are lined with non-slip material and some not, and you can always lay your own mat for added safety and to protect your floors.
In addition, some synthetic rugs are not designed for use on heated floors. For cleaning, it is recommended to wash the carpet cold with a mild detergent. Many can be tossed 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 an average customer rating of at least four stars with the majority being 4.5 stars or higher. Our selection includes options in a range of popular styles, from classic geometric patterns and solid shags to updated traditional rugs. All are washable, of course, but beyond that there aren’t a ton of features to consider other than what’s noted above.
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Classic black and white striped
Seavish washable rug
Going for a classic black and white striped rug is a great way to define a space. It acts as a focal point to catch the eye, and after layering a sofa, accent chairs, coffee table, and other furniture, the entire room will feel gathered together.
This hand-woven rug, shown in 5×8, is made from 100% cotton and is available in other bold patterns, such as gingham and checks, which will produce a similar effect. It is also available in additional sizes. The rug is machine washable, but dry cleaning is recommended for regular maintenance.
The transitional rug
Washable rug Wrought Studio
This geometric rug is also bright to define the space, although the choice of softer tones, such as this sky blue, has a more subtle impact. The washable low-pile mat has a non-slip backing and is electrically woven, made of durable polypropylene, so it is a good choice for high traffic areas.
It is shown in approximately 5×8 but available in other sizes, with neutral hues and colors, such as terracotta and navy, paired with the same cream background. It is also suitable for indoor-outdoor use, although it is not safe to put it on a heated floor.
The contemporary carpet
Washable Zip Code Design Mat
Handwoven in India, this lovely 100% 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 touch of texture for visual interest. It’s available in other equally eye-catching colors and hues, including trendy navy blue and olive green, as well as additional sizes. The washable flat-weave rug is for indoor use only, and it is highly recommended to place a rug underneath.
The modern abstract carpet
Washable rug 17 Stories
This sophisticated abstract rug looks upscale and pairs 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 machine-woven recycled polyester fabric is somewhat stain resistant and has a non-slip rubber backing, so it’s perfect for high traffic areas or under a dining table, plus it’s a smart choice for houses with pets.
To clean it, wash it cold in a front-loading machine, and you can even throw it in the dryer on a no-heat setting. The mat is intended for indoor use only, although it is not safe for underfloor heating.
The Solid Shag rug
Ebern Designs Washable Rug
If you covet a shag rug but have avoided it because cleaning seems like a nightmare, this washable option is for you. If the chic bright yellow that’s shown is too bold for your liking, it’s also available in other on-trend hues, including the ultra-eye-catching teal and salmon pink. The 1 inch tall polyester mat is machine made in Turkey, designed for indoor use only.
While there is cotton backing, you may want to add a rug underneath, especially if the rug is in a high traffic area.
The distressed vintage rug
Charlton Home Washable Rug
The aged vintage vibes of this traditional rug give it a fresh look that keeps 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 is machine made and has a soft non-slip backing to keep it from shifting in high traffic areas and low 0.25 pile height.
It is available in other sizes, including two slide options, and is designed for indoor use only, but not on a heated floor.
The nursery mat
Washable rug Veken
A soft rug under the feet gives a child’s room an extra cozy feel, and having one washable is a must. This chunky, shaggy polyester fits the bill, available in a range of softer hues and more vibrant colors, and in additional sizes. It is for indoor use only, with a non-slip backing, plus extra foam padding in the center to keep you seated comfortably while your baby has tummy time. For cleaning, throw it in the washing machine in cold with mild detergent, then line dry.
The Boho-Chic rug
Foundry Select Washable Rug
We love this bohemian chic rug and love that it’s machine washable because its lightweight fibers won’t tarnish after a few months of wear and tear. The low-pile, electrically woven polyester mat has a canvas backing designed to grip the ground, but you may want to add a non-slip rubber pad underneath if it’s in a high traffic area. The elegant pattern is made in a dark charcoal gray close to black, on a warm white background.
It’s best washed 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 mat is intended for indoor use only, but not safe for heated floors.
Colorful striped rug
Ebern Designs Amariyanna Washable Rug
This cheerful striped rug will brighten up any space, with a subtle gradient of rainbow hues on a cream background, and works especially well with dark floors. The flatwoven polyester mat is machine made, designed for indoor use, although it is not safe for heated floors. He’s shown here in 5×7, but he’s also available in 3×5 and as a 7ft long runner.
Stains can be treated by spots and you can machine wash them in a cold with a mild detergent. Dry it on a no or low setting and set it down immediately after cleansing to smooth out wrinkles.
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