Rugs in the kitchen: what to buy and how to care for them

Aside from the bathroom, there is no area in the home where having a rug has proved to be such a divisive issue. However, rest assured that the pros of having a kitchen area rug more than outweigh the perceived cons.

Aside from hiding a dated, or rough looking kitchen floor, an area rug in the kitchen can provide a much-needed pop of colour in a neutral kitchen space. They can also add organic texture to an otherwise sleek kitchen. Furthermore, positioning an area rug in front of your main workspace is a solid ergonomics decision. Kitchen area rugs ease the pressure placed on your feet, back and joints while you stand to cook, or do other chores. Still not convinced? Perhaps these choices and cleaning tips will convince you to embrace the rug life.

What to buy:
There is no shortage of area rug styles to suit any kitchen décor scheme and personal style. The key is choosing one that is tough enough to handle high-traffic and the occasional spill. Luckily, there are a variety of kitchen area rug styles which do just that:

Turkish area rugs are the gold standard as they add sophistication and bohemian elegance. (c) vagabondartgallery.com

Turkish area rugs are the gold standard as they add sophistication and bohemian elegance. (c) vagabondartgallery.com

  1. Turkish area rugs are the gold standard as they add sophistication and bohemian elegance. However, investing in an expensive option can be troubling if you are concerned about staining. As such, an older option is ideal. Especially popular now are over-dyed Turkish rugs, which have had their faded colours enhanced with vibrant hues like purple.
Natural fibre area rugs made of coir, sisal, rush or grass add rustic and earthy charm to the kitchen. (c) kmldesign.dk

Natural fibre area rugs made of coir, sisal, rush or grass add rustic and earthy charm to the kitchen. (c) kmldesign.dk

  1. Natural fibre area rugs made of coir, sisal, rush or grass add rustic and earthy charm to the kitchen. Additionally, they are low maintenance, hearty enough for high-traffic kitchens and can be turned over when accidents happen!
Runners with an Oriental pattern, or horizontal stripes in the nautical vein are both compelling additions. (c) homedepot.com

Runners with an Oriental pattern, or horizontal stripes in the nautical vein are both compelling additions. (c) homedepot.com

  1. Small runner area rugs come in a variety of styles to suit small spaces like galley kitchens. Runners with an Oriental pattern, or horizontal stripes in the nautical vein are both compelling additions.

How to care for them:
There are some who may be squeamish about having a kitchen area rug, because of the perceived propensity to collect crumbs and spills. However, with proper maintenance a kitchen area rug is really no different than having an area rug in any other part of the home. Just remember these tips:

  1. If you have a large Turkish, or natural fibre rug, there is absolutely nothing wrong with vacuuming them. For a Turkish rug however, overlay the rug with a nylon mesh so that the vacuum does not have direct contact with the fibres. Make sure to vacuum both sides of the rug and the floor as well!
  1. If you have a small area rug in the kitchen, take it outside to clean it the old fashioned way: shaking it vigorously and hanging in the sunshine and fresh air for a few hours.
  1. Accidents happen, and when they do take care to administer the appropriate remedy within a few hours. In most cases rubbing the area gently with warm water, soap and a natural fibre cleaning brush should do the trick.
  1. If your area rug is braided or wove it most certainly can be placed in the washing machine on the cool and gentle cycle. Simply place the rug in a zippered pillowcase or laundry bag to protect the weave.
  1. Once a year, send all of your area rugs to the professionals for a deep clean.