Yes, we said machine-washable!

By Katie Holdefehr
September 22, 2020
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I love how a well-placed area rug creates a soft landing near the front door, or provides a cozy spot to stand while washing dishes at the kitchen sink. But in high-traffic areas like the entryway or prone-to-spills spots like the kitchen, area rugs tend to get gross. Trust me, I got so fed up with trying to keep a kitchen rug clean that I decided to go without one (in truth, it now only makes an appearance when people come over). In the battle between a clean home and a cozy home, the latter was losing. That is, until Stephanie Sisco, Real Simple's home director, introduced me to Ruggable a couple years ago, a company that specializes in machine-washable, stain-resistant area rugs. Clean and cozy was actually possible.


Each Ruggable rug is actually two pieces, a lightweight rug cover and a nonslip rug pad. The rug cover is stain-resistant and can be thrown in the washing machine whenever it needs a spruce-up. The rug pad locks the rug in place, and is similar to a nonslip latex-free yoga mat. With a huge range of styles, from modern farmhouse, to contemporary, to bohemian, there's a design to match your home decor.

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When I was designing the entryway in this year's Real Simple Home (above), I knew I wanted a rug to greet visitors the second they stepped inside. The one problem: it was bound to get dirty. And especially during a pandemic, I didn't want a rug that would collect germs. Ruggable was the solution. Opting for a 3-by-5-foot Hendesi Heriz Abalone area rug ($109), I was able to get the look of a luxurious rug—and no one would guess it can be tossed in the washing machine whenever dirty shoes or muddy paws traipse across it.

Ready to upgrade the area rugs in your home? Good news: Ruggable is offering an exclusive 15% off promo code just for Real Simple readers. Enter code REALRUGG when you check out to get 15% off your order (excludes Disney and Star Wars rugs), from now through September 25, 2020. Consider this step #1 to cozy up your home for fall.