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Is It Safe To Wash Area Rugs At Home?

Learn more about the types of rugs you can throw in the wash and how you can avoid a damaged piece

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A rug can help define a space. It gives character and can instantly add warmth to any room—regardless of its material, shape, and size. However, without proper care, we all know that a rug can easily lose its charm as it accumulates dirt, dust, and even allergens over time. If left dirty and dusty, a soiled rug can affect your interiors and make it look cramped and gloomy.

Since a rug is an investment that needs tender loving care, it's essential to know how to care for it. Keep in mind that various rugs require different care patterns. In most cases, you will find a cheat sheet attached to the underside of every rug, known as the care tag. Make sure you read it before attempting to wash your piece as not all types of rugs can be washed and dried. Depending on the material, dye, and size, here are some things to consider before throwing your rug in the wash:

Materials to look out for:

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