Outdoor rugs are designed to withstand the elements and stay looking stylish despite being outside, but they still need to be taken care of now and then, too. To keep your outdoor rug appearing as though it's brand new, follow these three maintenance tips regularly. 

Clean your outdoor rug monthly

Outdoor rugs should be washed regularly to prevent dirt from building up in the rug's fibers. Vacuuming the rug to get out loose dirt from week to week can also prevent stains. When you're done washing your rug (or after it rains), help the carpet dry more quickly by hanging it up out in the sun. While outdoor rugs are designed to handle moisture, too much water can cause mold and mildew. 

Use a rug pad

Rug pads help keep your rug in place, and they also extend the life of your outdoor accessory. By placing a pad underneath your rug, you can get more out of your investment and save money in the long run. 

Store the rug in plastic when not in use

If you bring your outdoor rug inside for the winter, be sure to protect the fibers with plastic or some other durable material. This prevents the rug from collecting dust and the fibers from becoming damaged. 

Your outdoor rug is durable, but it's not indestructible. Follow these three tips to keep your outdoor rug in great condition.