How to Clean a Ruggable Rug & My Honest Review

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One of the most challenging things to clean in your home is a rug, especially if it’s in a high traffic location. However, with the invention of Ruggable rugs, keeping your home clean has become so much easier than before. If you’re interested in purchasing a Ruggable rug and want to know how to clean it, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, I’ll share easy instructions on how to clean a Ruggable rug. I’ll also share my honest review after using them for over a year.

Because I’m a fan of budget-friendly finds, it took me a while to warm up to the idea of trying a Ruggable rug. Let’s be honest – they’re a little pricey! However, after having them in our Tiny Lake House vacation rental and in our own home for over a year, I’m a believer. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but I love that I can clean them in my washing machine!

Understanding Ruggable Rugs

Ruggable rugs consist of two essential components: a rug cover and a non-slip pad. The cover is made of a durable, machine-washable material. The pad is made of a non-slip rubber material that keeps the rug in place. The two components come together to create an easy-to-clean, worry-free washable rug.

Cleaning the Rug

The first step in cleaning a Ruggable rug is to remove the rug cover from the Ruggable rug pad. Once you’ve done that, shake it outside to remove any loose dirt, dust, or debris. Next, put the cover in the washing machine with the design side out. Add a mild liquid laundry detergent & make sure it’s a non-bleach detergent. Wash on a gentle wash-cycle or a delicate cycle in cold water. You can also add fabric softener to make the rug feel softer after washing. Once the washing is complete, hang the cover to air dry. Alternatively, you can dry it in your machine dryer on low heat.

Will an 8×10 rug fit in a washing machine?

The largest Ruggable I have is 6×9 feet, so I haven’t tried washing and drying anything larger yet. I personally wouldn’t get a Ruggable rug that’s larger than 6×9 feet. This size barely fits in my LG washer. My favourite size to wash are any of the runners. They fit easily in my machine and they’re the rugs that get the most wear and tear in our home.

My 6×9 Ruggable Rug in the small 2.6 cubic foot washing machine at our Tiny Lake House

Ruggable does have a Washing Machine Rug Guide right here that shows you how big of a rug you can fit in your washing machine. For example, they indicate that a 6×9 foot rug won’t fit well in a 2.2 cubic foot washing machine, but it will fit in a 3.8+ cubic foot machine. I can just barely smush the 6×9 rug I have at our Tiny Lake House into the 2.6 cubic foot apartment sized washing machine there. It’s much better if I can bring it home to wash it in our 5.2 cubic foot washing machine.

What size of rug will look best in your room?

You can use my handy rug sizing guide to find out what size of rug will work the best in the size of room you have. Click right here!

How long does a Ruggable take to air dry?

It usually takes a couple of days for the rug to air dry, but this really depends on the size of the rug, the humidity in the air, and the temperature of the air.

How often does the rug cover need to be cleaned?

I clean my Ruggable covers about once a month, but you can also vacuum them to remove pet hair and dust. You can also spot-clean them with a microfiber cloth, cool water, and mild soap in between machine washings. Most minor spills can be blotted out with water.

I have a Ruggable rug in our Tiny Lake House bedroom

How do I treat stains on my Ruggable rug?

You can usually treat any stains on your Ruggable as you would on any other rug. I’ve found a combination of room temperature or cold water, mild dish soap like Dawn, and blotting with a paper towel or a sponge removes most stains from my rugs. You can also try a mild detergent and water mixture. After treating the stain, rinse the area with cool water and blot with a towel to help it dry. You can also try commercial stain remover products, but make sure to test them on an inconspicuous area of the rug first to make sure they don’t damage the design.

How do I remove odors from my rug?

An effective odor removal hack is to add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your washing machine when washing a Ruggable. This helps neutralize any pet odors or other odors.

The Ruggable runner in our Tiny Lake House entry

Cleaning the Non-Slip Rug Pad

When cleaning the non-slip Ruggable pad, remove it from under the cover and vacuum it to remove any dirt or debris. You can also clean it with a damp cloth to remove any stains or spills. Be sure not to put the pad in the washing machine as it could damage it.

The top rug is over a year old, and the bottom rug is brand new. As you can see, there’s minimal fading or wearing on the old Ruggable rug!

My Honest Review

I have been using Ruggable rugs in my home and my vacation rental for over a year now, and I must say that I’m impressed with how easy they are to clean. Our vacation rental is pet-friendly and our own home is messy & busy with 3 kids, but I can easily remove the covers of my rugs and wash them without any hassle. The covers have also maintained their color and texture over time, and I’ve had no issue with the non-slip pad moving out of place.

Often I’ll hear of people complaining that the corners of their Ruggable flip up. That hasn’t been the case with any of mine, however I did notice that Ruggable changed how they manufactured their rug corners within the last few years. They now have silicone inserts under the corners to help weigh them down to prevent any curling.

Another issue I hear people experiencing is not being able to attach the top layer onto the bottom layer smoothly. I find that rolling the topper first, affixing it to one side of the pad, and then slowly unrolling it and smoothing it as I go works well. You can also usually smooth any ripples or bubbles out with your hands after the rug is attached. That being said, the largest rug I have is a 6×9 foot rug, so this might be more difficult with a larger sized Ruggable.

Tips for Cleaning

To maintain the quality of your Ruggable rug, avoid using bleach, harsh chemicals, or high heat when washing the cover. Also, air drying the cover instead of machine drying it will help prolong its life. I like to hang mine over the stair railing to dry. Finally, avoid vacuuming the rug cover too often as it can damage the fibers over time.

Keeping your home clean has never been easier with Ruggable rugs. Not only are they easy to clean, but they’re also beautiful and add an extra layer of comfort to your living space. I hope you found this step-by-step guide on how to clean a Ruggable rug and my honest review helpful!

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One Comment

  1. I like the styles you chose! I’ve had a pair of 5×7’ Ruggables for five years now, and another pair of 2×3’s. I can’t say I’m as fond of mine. They fade with washing, and I’ve tripped over the corners several times. But most of all, the pad is impossible to clean. It’s like the pokey side of Velcro, and somehow collects pet hair on one side and grit on the other that just won’t come out, even with vacuuming.

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