I’ll Never Buy Anything But Machine-Washable Rugs Again

Ruggable makes rugs that are pet-friendly, red wine drinker-friendly, “I have two toddlers”-friendly, “Dorito fingers”-friendly, and just downright life-friendly.

ruggable review 2018
Kayla Ramsey

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What We Tested This Week: Ruggable, Machine-Washable Rugs

Who This Is Perfect for: Families, pet households, wine drinkers, and anyone who likes to actually live in their house.

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Carpet is gross. Honestly, it just is. You wouldn’t wear the same socks and shoes, every day, for a year, without showering, would you? Basically, to me, living with carpet is equivalent to dirty-sock-lined, city-covered shoes — and everything that you stepped on outside, all mushed into one bacteria-filled piece of fabric that you allow your bare skin to touch. Ew.

I was ready to succumb to a life of cold hardwood floors before I learned about Ruggable. They make machine-washable area rugs!

If you’re anything like me, someone who loves the look and feel of carpet in my home, but can’t handle the bacteria/dirt/hellscape predicament, what do you do? Do you get a carpet cleaner every 3 months? Just live with bacteria denial?

Kayla Ramsey

Carpet is even more gross if you have babies (hello, spit up, soggy Cheerios, and other bodily functions) or pets (lord only knows what my dog eats on her walks — much less steps in!). It just never feels clean.

On top of what you can see, what about what you can’t see? Like pollen, dead skin cells, dust, and bacteria? Got allergies? Your carpet is probably making it worse. According to Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a microbiologist and immunologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, “Your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.”

OK, YOU'RE CONVINCED NOW, RIGHT?

But how does Ruggable work?

Well, the rugs are a two-part system. They have a top layer that literally peels off the rug-pad base and can be tossed in the washing machine. You’re probably thinking, oh, well, they’re probably only small rugs. Wrong! Their biggest size is 8 by 10.

I immediately assumed they were only going to allow their rugs to be washed on a super delicate cycle. Welp, I was totally wrong. You can wash their standard print rug covers on a regular cycle! Just be sure to use cold water.

But wait, cold water only? Don’t you need hot water to get clean? Nope, not with the way they are made! The rug “topper” is made of a naturally stain-resistant triple-layered polyester, which does not mean it's fully stainproof, but again, that's why you can wash these!

Still not convinced that Ruggable is right for you? I'll leave you with this: Tierno, the microbiologist we mentioned before, says, "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks where hundreds of thousands of different types of species live." HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS. He says there are communities of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and other bacteria in our carpets. And that unless you’re getting a steam clean on your carpet every 6 months, it’s time to invest in machine-washable rugs.

I can’t stop thinking about that “carpet is dirtier than a toilet bowl” comparison, can you?

Ruggable
Machine Washable Ruggable Rug
ruggable.com

  • Tons of patterns and sizes
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof
  • Stain-resistant
  • Slip-proof backing
  • Made in the USA

  • Not plush

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