The term “outdoor carpet” may sound nonsensical to some people, especially in the Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area where we experience many types of weather throughout the year. However, indoor-outdoor carpets can be extremely useful, as well as add a comfortable feature to your patio, deck, or backyard area. But don’t worry; we aren’t talking about those 70s-style grass imitation mats that were made out of cheap plastic.
Outdoor Carpet Materials
You can find rugs and mats for outdoor use in Waukesha that come in a variety of materials, as well as a range of styles and patterns to choose from. Durability and water resistance are two important qualities the materials need to have if they’re going to be used outdoors. Bamboo and sisal are popular options made of natural materials. Polypropylene is an alternative synthetic material that can often be less expensive and tends to dry more quickly, which makes it less prone to mold and mildew. When made for outdoor use, these materials are often treated to resist fading from sun exposure. This keeps them looking great longer.
Indoor Use of Outdoor Carpet
The versatility of this floor covering is what gives it the name “indoor-outdoor carpeting.” It’s exactly what it sounds like; it can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is a good idea to bring your outdoor rugs inside when they aren’t in use, like during Wisconsin winters when the ground is covered in snow. The durable materials make these carpets great for high traffic areas in the house, such as mudrooms or entryways.
Maintaining Your Carpet
Although strong and durable, these mats still need to be cared for to prolong their lifespans. To ensure you receive the maximum possible use out of them, there are some maintenance tips you should follow. For periodic cleanings, mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water. Scrub the mixture onto the carpet with a nylon brush and let it dry in the sun.
The minimal maintenance required, versatility, and significant impacts they can have on an outdoor (or indoor) space, are some of what make indoor-outdoor carpets great additions to a home. Call Floor Coverings International Waukesha today to schedule a free design consultation with one of our flooring experts. We’ll help you find the best indoor-outdoor carpet flooring for your home!
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