I get asked about our washable rugs everyday by people, especially mums that can't believe you can put them in a washing machine. Yes you can wash these rugs at home or in a laundromat. Which makes them the perfect rug for kids, families, pets and allergy or asthma sufferers.
Let me tell you a bit about our washable rugs and why on so many levels they are good for you, your family and the environment.
Firstly our rugs are made with 100% Cotton with no backing - so that means no nasties or chemicals are used in the production. It also means that these rugs are sustainable, made with natural fibres only. Instead of throwing out your rug when its dirty you can wash it over and over again. At the end of its lifetime this fibre will eventually breakdown after about 50years unlike polyester or machine made rugs that typically take over 200 years to biodegrade.
So what is a polyester rug? You can find out more over on this blog post but put simply it is a manmade chemical fibre that is cheaper to produce. Often cheaper means harmful. Whilst they are stain resistant they come with nasty chemicals to make this happen.
Polypropylene or polyester rugs contain toxic byproducts which when inhaled may cause certain problems like headache, allergies, dizziness, or nausea. These gases are the “new carpet” smell that you get when the carpet is new.
The smaller sized rugs up to about an 8kg can be washed many times over in your domestic washing machine where as the larger sized living room rugs of 2 x3m size will need to be taken to a laundromat or drycleaner.
The size of laundromat machine required will be around a 12-16kg machine and will set you back around $12-15 a wash.
Here is a recent photoshoot we did at my local laundromat. We washed our Cotton Berber Black in around 40mins and it cost me $12. Use normal washing detergents - don't use bleach. Set the machine to a cooler setting, 30 degrees is good as you do not want your cotton rug to shrink!
Take a magazine to bide your time.
Drying your rug:
We don't generally recommend you using the dryer to dry your rug. Our preferred option is to hang it out to dry on a sunny day. However the rug does get heavy when wet so if you want to put it in the commercial dryer on a cold setting just to take the very wet out of it you can. We did this for about 20mins on a cool setting as we washed ours on a cold day.
Cotton can look a bit bedraggled after it's washed but a shake and a vacuum will fluff up the fibres again.
One more thing is that cotton is a natural product so like other natural fibres it will pill slightly at first. Over vacuuming will not speed up the process but can damage the the cotton fibres. We recommend a weekly vacuum and a shake in between.
Why not do a few loads while you are there at the laundromat and take your doonas and blankets for a wash all at the same time?