Rugs in the kitchen.

I would love to have a rug in the kitchen that looks like this.

I like this kitchen and its rug.  It inspired me to buy a rug for my sad little kitchen.  I thought it would brighten it up.  I went for a more contemporary look because we have plenty of antique in our house.  Here it is in the Crate and Barrel world.

But after living on my kitchen floor for a few days, the thing looked gross.  The white part became super dirty.  So I washed it in the washing machine.  Then it got little pills all over it.  So I pulled them off by hand but it still didn’t look good.  Then I took it to get cleaned professionally.  And $40 later it is sort of clean, but not going back in the kitchen.  Now it lives in a spare bedroom and I think the whole thing was a big waste of time.

How the heck do people keep rugs in the kitchen clean?  Most of the ones I see are kilim rugs which certainly are not washable.

My next project just might be to make my own rug from this website.

I would not choose this one exactly, but I love the idea of making a vinyl rug with a fabric I chose to cover my vinyl floor that is super ugly.  It would be so easy to clean.  Thought I doubt it is a long term solution, all I need a year or so!

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4 responses to “Rugs in the kitchen.

  1. I use an outdoor rug in my kitchen. You can wash it with the hose outside. My runner has lasted through a black lab and a baby. I need a fresh one soon as well! Good luck!

  2. Check out http://www.flor.com. It could be your short term solution, maybe even long term.

  3. Marshalls sometimes has smaller oriental style rugs for not too much. That’s what I did for a few places in our house in MD. They don’t show dirt as much and can be cleaned once a year or so, or by stanley steemer. Or just get a cute rag rug–think Pier 1. They can be washed, and they are supposed to look kind of frumpy, so they look okay after washing. good luck!

  4. This is why I don’t have a rug in my kitchen. Every time I’ve had one it gets gross ASAP. The outdoor rug is a good idea. But not as fun to be barefoot on.