Frequently Asked Questions
How Do Ruggable Rugs Hold Up to Pets?
As any pet owner can tell you, purchasing an expensive carpet or rug that cannot be machine washed is not the smartest decision. Most dogs and cats shed a lot, and there's pet dander to think about too, not to mention pee accidents, stains, and various odors. While you can get your carpet professionally cleaned, it's very hard to get rid of the distinct smell of urine on traditional rugs. Sure, you can spot clean dirt and slobber, but good luck scrubbing the stains out!
This is why Ruggable rugs are perfect for animal owners. Designed to be quick and simple to clean, Ruggable rugs are pet-friendly, meaning they hold up really well to all pet messes, including hair, dander, slobber, odors, stains, and more. Made from a rug pad plus a rug cover that can be detached and tossed in a washer as necessary, the Ruggable rug is incredibly easy to keep nice and clean. Most importantly, the rug is also 100% non-toxic. All the chemicals and materials used in making it are perfectly safe for both humans and animals as the suppliers are regularly inspected and certified to meet safety, environmental and ethical standards.
Aside from the cover being machine washable, the rug pad is waterproof and stain-resistant. And environmentally-conscious folks will be happy to hear that the fiber used in the production of the rug pad consists of polyester that is made from recycled fiber. As for the nonslip part of the pad, it's made from thermoplastic resin, or TPR for short (this is what most yoga mats are also made of), which can also be considered an eco-friendly material. TRP is latex-free and creates little to no waste during the manufacturing process because any defective product(s) can simply be melted back to the raw material and then reused.
In practical terms, what this all means is that Ruggable rugs are waterproof and easy to keep clean even if you have multiple pets. Because they're machine washable, they also don't hold on to any odors, which is a huge plus if your dog or cat is prone to accidents.
How Do Ruggable Rugs Feel?
If you're worried that your Ruggable's washable rug may look somewhat cheap, there's no need - these rugs have vibrant colors that remain fresh and rich even after many washes. Indeed, they can bring a polished and put-together look to any living room, bedroom, or any other space in your home. This being said, Ruggable rugs feel different than most expensive rugs and carpets. This is because the cover is typically low pile and quite thin; while fantastic for a quick machine wash, a flat rug is not everyone's idea of luxury. As we said at the beginning of this Ruggable review, if you're after a plush, thick and padded living room rug, it's best to look elsewhere.
The good news is that the surface of the Ruggable rug is soft and smooth, almost velvety. It feels very comfortable underfoot, and very importantly, it doesn't move around even if you're playing with your kid or pet right on it.
Can Ruggable Rugs Be Vacuumed?
While Ruggable rugs can and should be vacuumed on a regular basis, the company doesn't recommend using a heavy-duty vacuum with a beater brush. It's very important to follow the instructions because using the wrong cleaning or washing tools can very well damage the rug material.
Interestingly, we found that a robotic vacuum cleaner such as iRobot Roomba is great for vacuuming Ruggable rugs even though the company advises against using autonomous robot-vacuums as they might damage the edges and corners of the rug. In general, what seems to be the most important when it comes to vacuuming a Ruggable rug is using a light-duty vacuum (so no/turned off bristles, beater bars, and brushes) with low suction and low power. It's best if your vacuum has a "low-pile carpet" or "hard floor" setting.