The Ultimate Guide to Polypropylene Rugs

The Ultimate Guide to Polypropylene Rugs

Synthetic fiber rugs, like our custom polypropylene rugs, can be more durable and softer than natural fiber rugs. Here’s what you need to know.


Polypropylene is a very scientific-sounding name for an artificial fiber. And in fact, the way the material is created is, indeed, very scientific (if you really want to know, you can consult Wikipedia). 

But the important thing to know about artificial polypropylene rugs is that they are, for many applications, superior to natural fiber rugs. From their durability to their variety of colors, these rugs mimic the look and feel of natural fiber rugs while adding some key benefits. 

Polypropylene rugs are… soft!

All that science in a rug fiber must make it pretty stiff and scratchy, right? 

Not right! 

Polypropylene may not be a cuddly sounding word, but it sure makes for a soft rug. In fact, artificial fiber rugs like our polypropylene rugs are often softer than natural fiber rugs. And if you want to up the softness (we’re talking dangerous levels of softness now), you can add a rug pad. Your feet will never know more luxurious softness. 

Polypropylene rugs are… nonabsorbent! 

The synthetic fibers that make up polypropylene rugs are nonporous. That means they do not absorb moisture, so you can place them wherever you want, inside or outside, without worrying about mold or mildew. Even in your darkest, dankest, most humid rooms, your polypropylene rug will not be home to anything nasty. 

Their nonabsorbent fibers also make polypropylene rugs great for decorating outdoor spaces. Rain and humidity mean nothing to these rugs! Not even snow will hurt your synthetic fiber rug. In fact, you can even leave your polypropylene rug outside all winter

Polypropylene rugs are… easy to clean! 

Because polypropylene rugs are nonporous, they are exceptionally easy to clean. Whatever you drop or spill on your rug can be picked up and wiped off easily. Literally everything that goes onto a polypropylene rug just sits on top of the fibers, so there is no risk of staining, even from red wine. And this easy cleaning comes standard—no need to worry about pre-treating your polypropylene rug with a stain guard. 

Polypropylene rugs are… eco friendly and recyclable! 

The chemical name “polypropylene” may give you the impression that these rugs are somehow bad for the environment. In fact, polypropylene takes very little energy to produce and is fully recyclable. So when you are done with your rug, it can be turned into a shoe! 

Polypropylene rugs are… pet friendly!

Polypropylene rugs are made from tightly woven, low pile fibers. That means any claw-having creatures living in your house can walk all over your polypropylene rug without fear of their claws snagging in the fibers. Your rug and your pet’s feet are both safe! 

Polypropylene fibers are also non-toxic. So if your pet discovers a bit of food on your polypropylene rug, feel free to let them eat it right off the rug. And if they don’t stop at the bit of dropped food and decide that the rug itself looks like a tasty snack, there’s no need to worry. The only risk is a chewed up rug. 

Polypropylene rugs are… bright and colorful! 

If you’re into the look of natural fiber rugs like jute or seagrass, but you want a little more color in your life, polypropylene rugs have you covered. Synthetic fiber rugs, like the Lima Polypropylene rug, come in bright colors that are fade resistant, so they can be left in direct sunlight. Whether the rug is placed inside in your living room or outside on your patio—you can be confident it will be as bright in ten years as it is today. 

Polypropylene rugs are… customizable! 

Polypropylene rugs can stand up to anything you throw at them, from red wine to long winters. That's why they’re ideal for any room of your house—inside or out. Get started on your synthetic fiber rug journey today by browsing our selection of customizable polypropylene rugs today.

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