It is commonly thought that kitchens are the worst place to put an area rug, there are too many possibilities for spills, stains, and food getting mashed into the rug. In fact kitchens are one of the best places to have area rugs. Kitchens are probably the place we stand the most in our homes, it's not only more comfortable to stand on rugs while working at the sink and stove, it's also better for your feet and back.
People often think that a nice quality, wool rug in a kitchen will just get destroyed. But really kitchens are the best place to put a nice quality wool rug and these are the reasons why:
1.) Color and pattern are the best ways of hiding a multitude of sins, well made hand knotted rugs offer a large range of great colors and pattern. It's very difficult to spot any stains or dirt on a multi color, patterned rug. One of the reasons a good Persian rug can be handed down through the generations.
2.) Wool is naturally stain resistant, it gives you a window of time to clean spills before stains set. Lanolin coats the wool fibers creating a barrier to moisture that prevents spills from being absorbed immediately. Getting to spills before they fully soak in is key. But, even if you do end up with a stain, the colors and pattern can help hide the stain.
3.) Wool rugs can occasionally be sent out to be fully hand washed. We work with knowledgeable cleaners (Coastal Cleaning Solutions) who do the hand washing and they have the skills to address most special cleaning requirements. Rugs in kitchens may need to be professionally cleaned more frequently than rugs in other areas of the house, but a good quality wool rug will with-stand more frequent cleaning than other options.
If you just can't bring yourself to buy a high quality, wool rug for your kitchen, for fear of destroying it, there are still other good options at a lower price point. Polypropylene (Indoor/Outdoor) rugs can be a good compromise.
Top reasons to get a poly rug for the kitchen.
1.) Poly rugs are typically less expensive, making them less dear to replace when they become too soiled for continued use.
2.) You can be aggressive about cleaning it. Any house hold cleaner (spot test first) can be used with a soft bristled brush to scrub out spots and spills. You can also take poly rugs outside to hose them off. So in an area where there are a lot of spills you have the ability to clean the rug vigorously. Please note that even though poly rugs are plastic they can still be stained, as with wool rugs, color and pattern are always helpful at hiding spots and stains.
Treat yourself right, don't stand on a cold hard floor while cooking or washing dishes, give yourself something soft and padded underfoot. It will help make your kitchen a homier place to be. We all know kitchens are the heart of the home, consider warming it up with a lovely rug!
Some of my favorite options for kitchen rugs:
To learn more about various rug materials and which are ideal for kitchen environments and why please read our blog Materials Matter.
To see more great kitchen rug options please visit us at our Portland gallery, or contact us.