Can I use Jute Rugs Outside?
When it comes to incorporating a jute rug to your home, the obvious options probably come to mind. Jute rugs are amazing additions to dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms and hallways. Soft in texture and available in a variety of soothing earth tones, they naturally warm up any indoor space.
But what about the outside spaces? Can a jute rug be used outdoors? The answer is yes, but there is a caveat. As versatile as jute is, it’s not so good with humidity. There are certain outdoor instances that this natural fiber should avoid. We’re going to dig into why that is and the best ways to use jute rugs al fresco.
Why jute and humidity don't mix well
Jute is made from strands of the jute plant. The natural fibers are woven together, making it a sustainable and biodegradable rug option.
While the jute plant grows in humid climates, ironically the jute rug does not thrive in moist conditions. This is because the fibers are very susceptible to mold and mildew. Moisture will cause the rug to break down and wear out much faster than it would in a dry inside setting.
This also means that outdoor related stains like mud can be harder to clean off jute. Unlike other rugs, a steam clean would only hurt the integrity of the jute rug.
But never fear. There are ways to make this natural fiber work in the great outdoors!
Perfect outdoor locations for jute rugs
By now, you’ve probably figured out that a jute rug isn’t the best option for a pool or moist, dense garden areas. Water is not jute’s friend.
However, you still have quite a few options for styling jute outdoors. The best option is to use a jute rug in an outside area that is covered. This will keep it away from rain and you won’t have to worry about bringing it in and out due to weather conditions.
Any patio area that also has an overhead fan is another good option, since the fan can be used to keep moisture down. Since its fibers are so soft, it’s perfect for covered areas that are meant for kicking your shoes off and lounging a bit.
Jute rugs also excel in naturally dry climates. If you live in a place that does not get a lot of rain or has low amounts of humidity, then you’ll have more flexibility with where you use your rug outside.
Jute Alternatives for outdoors
All that being said, you may not have the outdoor setup that is ideal for jute rugs. Luckily, there are still plenty of natural fiber rug options to choose from.
Let’s start with Seagrass rugs. They naturally repel water and stains due to their non-porous fibers. Much less susceptible to moisture than jute, it can handle more wet environments.
Seagrass is also incredibly durable. It can stand up to outdoor areas that get heavy foot traffic. Consider using it as a welcome mat, or outside a sliding door used to come in and out of the house.
There are also outdoor sisal rugs that can be used in this instance. Made from polypropylene, these rugs look and feel like sisal but are better suited for outdoor use. While the material is synthetic, it’s completely non toxic. Soft, easy to clean, and able to stand up to heavy use, outdoor sisal works great for outdoor dining or party areas.
Finally, you can also consider outdoor wool rugs that are made from polysilk. Get the look and feel of wool with additional moisture repelling properties. It’s mold and mildew resistant which means it can stand up to humidity .Equally stain resistant, outdoor wool rugs can be used near pools and in entertaining areas.
Bring the beauty of natural fiber outdoors
There are as many creative places you can use rugs outdoors as there are ways to style them outside. Jute is a natural fiber rug that can really tie together your porch, covered deck or screened in lanai. Get in an outside state of mind and check out our full selection of jute rugs for your next patio project.