Are Outdoor Rugs Waterproof?

Most outdoor rugs are water-resistant rather than fully waterproof.

This means they won’t absorb water and will dry quickly but they may need to be hung over a railing after heavy rain to encourage drying and prevent mildew.

Having an outdoor rug can instantly make your patio, porch or poolside homely and cosy. 

Most outdoor rugs are made from tightly woven synthetic material such as polypropylene which is strong, inexpensive and quick-drying. 

These fibres are designed to not absorb water meaning they can handle being left out in all weathers including the rain. 

It is important to place the rug in the sun after heavy rain to ensure any excess moisture has dried. 

You also don’t want the water to get trapped in the space under the rug so moving the rug or hanging it up for a couple of hours after rainfall is good not only for the rug but also for the decking or tiles underneath. 

The wrong rug material can get moldy when exposed to moisture, for example, a bamboo or sisal rug is more likely to form mildew if left next to a pool where it will be frequently exposed to moisture. 

Whereas a rug made from polypropylene or polyester will be able to handle moisture better. 

Polyester is also fade-resistant and fire retardant so it’s great for being out in the sunshine or near the grill.

You may be tempted to just pull a rug out to the patio from inside but don’t.

Indoor rugs are often made from wool and natural fibers that cannot stand up to rainfall or the humidity of the garden (however there are things you can do to make rugs waterproof).

Even covered patio spaces can become damp and will lead to mould or mildew forming on an indoor rug.

Outdoor Rug Maintenance Tips

Outdoor rugs are easy to clean, stain-resistant and require little maintenance to keep them looking great.

They are bound to get wet and dirty from time to time but the following tips can help keep outdoor rugs looking like new:

  • Vacuum the rug and sweep underneath it once a month to prevent dirt and debris from building up and damaging the fibers.
  • Hose down water-resistant rugs when needed but make sure you hang them up or place them on an incline so they can dry properly (try to position the rug in the sun to dry).
  • Before you place the rug back down make sure both sides are fully dry to prevent mold.
  • Avoid cleaning your rug with harsh chemicals.
  • If your rug is not going to be used for a while (during snow season for example) roll it up and store it inside. It is also a good idea to wrap it in weather-resistant plastic if you will be storing it in a garage space.

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