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Rug Care + Troubleshooting


A good rug can be a pretty significant investment piece, so once you’ve chosen the right one, it’s worth knowing how to properly care for it. Today we’re answering a few of your frequently asked rug care and troubleshooting questions so you can keep your rug looking beautiful for years to come.

Rug Troubleshooting

+ Can you place a rug over carpet?

Absolutely! The key to placing a rug over carpet is contrast. You typically want the color of the rug to differ enough from the carpet so that it can stand out in the room. Any type of rug is acceptable to put over carpet, but the key is placing a rug pad underneath so the rug doesn’t shift or buckle.

+ What is the best way to anchor a rug on different floor surfaces?

The best way to keep your rug from slipping and sliding is by using a rug pad. It’s a must have on any floor surface, whether you’re placing it on carpet or hardwood. A quality rug pad also serves as a protective buffer, preventing any damage to the flooring underneath.

+ What types of rugs would you suggest for a household with pets?

Rugs made of polypropylene or polyester are stain resistant, fade resistant and are made of shed-free fibers. Within the Magnolia Home line of rugs, these collections include Everly, Evie, Kivi, and Lucca. If you’re really worried about a rug staying clean, an indoor/outdoor rug, like the Warwick Collection, is another great option. These kinds of rugs are mold and mildew resistant, and the best part is that if a major spill happens, you can take them outside and simply hose them down.

Rug Care

Here are a few tips for cleaning the different types of rugs that may be in your home.

Cotton: Most cotton rugs, like our Tristin Collection, can be machine washed on gentle in warm water with mild detergent, as long as they are small enough to fit in the washer. Always check the care instructions for your specific rug before putting it in the washer. Larger cotton rugs should be treated with a dry cleaning powder to prevent damage. The cleaning powder acts as tiny sponges that absorb dirt, spills and even allergens. Simply sprinkle it directly over the rug and then vacuum it up.

Jute: Jute rugs, like our Crew Collection, are not water-resistant, so you wouldn’t want to place a jute rug in an area with high moisture. Blot any stains with a dry cloth immediately and if necessary, hire a professional cleaning service.

Viscose: Viscose rugs, like our Ella Rose Collection, should not be placed in a high traffic or high moisture area. Quickly remove any spills or stains by blotting with a dry cloth. We recommend scraping solids with a dull knife or nail file. And, if necessary, opt for a professional cleaning service.

Wool: Wool rugs, like our Tulum Collection, can be cleaned using a common wool cleaning detergent. You can purchase this solution or make your own with a teaspoon of neutral detergent and a teaspoon of pure white vinegar combined with a quart of warm water. When dealing with a stain, absorb as much of the stain’s liquid as possible by blotting with a dry cloth before applying the cleaning solution.

Polypropylene + Polyester: Polypropylene + Polyester rugs, like our Everly Collection, are inherently stain-resistant and feature very low moisture absorption. To clean, follow wool cleaning instructions above.

Sisal: When cleaning a Sisal rug, immediately remove any spills or stains by blotting with a dry cloth. If dealing with a dried solid, scrape off with a nail file or dull knife. If necessary opt for a professional cleaning service.

If you’re still on the hunt for your perfect rug, check out our Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines line with Loloi Rugs. The Magnolia Home line has rug collections in a wide variety of styles and materials for your lifestyle. We hope these care tips help keep your rugs looking as good as new. Comment below with any of your own tips and tricks for rug care!