Outdoor rugs are great for pets!

Pet owners rejoice! If your beloved best friend has a habit of soiling rugs, we’re here to the rescue! This was the dilemma for one of our Assistant Buyers for Dining & Kitchen, Maryanna.

What’s a girl to do when her precious Yorkie, Bonaparte (nicknamed “B”), has accidents while she’s away at work?

“I love the look of natural fiber rugs because they look great against any color sofa, and I tend to recover my sofa every few years. I like the way it is neutral and doesn’t weigh down a room. However, my dog was constantly attracted to the natural smell of it and was always having accidents under my coffee table,” said Maryanna.  “After 2 years there were permanent stains all over it, and no way to hide them or get them out.”

St. Tropez outdoor rug is great for pets

Our Ballard Designs rug buyer, Page, stepped in and recommended the St. Tropez Indoor/Outdoor Rug. This super durable rug has that natural fiber look that Maryanna loves, but will stand up to stains and any other “oops!” moments that may occur.

St. Tropez outdoor sisal rug

We let Maryanna try out the St. Tropez rug for a few months and report back!

“As a replacement for my previous natural fiber rug, I love that it has that same neutral look and blends with all of my furniture. To me, this rug actually feels better on my feet than my old one did and is much easier to vacuum since it does not have a raised texture. The two tone stripe texture is classic and gives it a little depth”, says Maryanna.

Those embarrassing stains that were once underneath her coffee table are a thing of the past since replacing her natural fiber with an indoor/outdoor look-alike. Even after a few months of use and some accidents, it still looks like new.

St. Tropez outdoor rug for pet owners

“B has had a few accidents, but nowhere near as many as she did on the natural fiber rug. I did a test to see what would happen if I let a stain sit there, and it disappeared within a day and there was no lingering smell. Also, I used oxyclean to get out a rust stain that appeared from my metal coffee table, and it came out within minutes! Page also mentioned that you can actually bleach the rug without damaging the color, so it’s great to know that that’s an option.”

St. Tropez outdoor rug for pet owners

There’s a solution to almost every decorating predicament, and we’re thrilled Maryanna was able to solve hers by making a quick swap. So, for pet owners everywhere, rugs are not a lost cause! Opt for an outdoor rug to make cleanup much easier. Whether you like something graphic, classic, or natural fiber, there are indoor/outdoor rugs that have a similar look but with added durability.

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