How To Clean Polypropylene Rug

In discussing how to clean polypropylene rug, it is important to bear in mind that at the root of it is polymer. This should set the foundation for what should and should not be done to a polypropylene rug in the name of cleaning.

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That said, polypropylene rugs are one of the most affordable rugs out there which is one of the reasons they are popular.

In addition to that, while they might not be the lushest most comfortable rugs in the market, they are actually pretty comfortable for something that is made of polymer.

They are also really durable which is one of the reasons it is used as a place mat and in places where there is sure to be heavy foot traffic.

However, probably more relevant to this article is the fact that polypropylene rugs are super low maintenance. You can keep your rug looking great by doing just a few things. Let’s see what.

Regular Cleaning

The fact that you need to vacuum your rug is something that cannot be overemphasized, whatever the kind of rug you have.

Now, there are two basic factors that determine what regular. One is where the rug is.

If it is a place with heavy foot traffic (which is probably the case with a polypropylene rug), you’ll need to vacuum it about twice to three times a week.

However, probably more significant is how many people are in your home.

Because if it is just you, you might not be able to generate enough foot traffic to require a three-times-a-week cleaning, regardless of where the rug is.

The general rule of thumb is to vacuum once a week for everybody and/or pet that lives in your home. There is actually a way to vacuum your carpet and you could find out about that here.

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Spot Cleaning

If there is a spill on your polypropylene rug (or any kind of rug for that matter), your best bet for getting out the stain completely would be to get to it as soon as possible.

So, immediately you notice that something has been spilled, get a clean damp rag or paper towel and just dab at the spot.

Be careful not to scrub at it because you’ll be driving the stain deeper into the rug.

Instead use a material that is absorbent so that as you dab, it soaks up what has been spilled.

Also, be careful to work from the outside in instead of the other way round. If not, you’ll be spreading the stain wider than the spot it already occupies.

You’ll probably need some sort of detergent to really get the stain out.

For this, do check your manufacturer’s recommendation for what you can or cannot use on the rug. Generally though, regular laundry soap should be able to do the job. 

Don’t forget to rinse it out using a clean damp cloth. Leaving soap suds in your rug will just make it attract dust that much faster.

To get out the smell, you could sprinkle some baking soda over the spot where you just removed the stain.

Leave it in for some 20 to 30 minutes and then vacuum that spot.


Since we are dealing with a rug that you can easily pull out, you can actually wash it.

You’ll also need to check with the manufacturer to know what is alright for your rug.

Generally though,  most polypropylene cannot be machine washed. So, a soft bristled brush with laundry soap should be good enough. 

But before you actually wash, consider beating the rug or shaking it out to get out all the dust and loose debris.

If, however, you must be modern, you could vacuum the rug before washing it.

When you are done washing it, you could just hose it down to get the soap suds off since you are outside and then leave it to dry.

Do not try to machine dry the rug as that could damage it. Air drying is definitely your best bet.

However, if the sun is out, place the rug in a shaded spot where it can still get a lot of air but not come in direct contact with the sun. 

Exposing a polypropylene to direct sunlight for that long a time is not a good idea considering that is is made of polymer.

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