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I can deal with an untidy home (hello, stack of unsorted mail), but I absolutely cannot deal with a dirty one. And, I used to tell people that I didn't need washable rugs; I figured I could just spot clean. But then again, I also used to not have three young boys and a dog.
Allow me to share what led me to the realization that a machine-washable rug was the only way to go. One hectic Monday morning, my husband returned with our large dog from a muddy walk, and before I could even say, "Wait, let's wipe his paws," our hound was zooming around our living room and tracking dirty paw prints all over our pale yellow rug. It was simply too much to spot clean, so, in an uncharacteristic move, I forked over the expensive sum to have it professionally cleaned. The next evening, I tripped on my own pants and sloshed my entire glass of red wine all over the same rug. I wanted to cry. On Wednesday afternoon, my son tried to be "helpful" by bringing in his plate, which had a loosely-capped bottle of ketchup balancing on it, and, yeah, I'm sure you can figure out how that went. On Thursday, one of my twins bumped into our end table and my husband's giant mug of coffee spilled all over the Same. Freaking. Rug.
I couldn't believe it. And I certainly couldn't afford to keep having my rug professionally cleaned, nor was spot cleaning going to cut it. As a germaphobic mom, I kept thinking about all the bacteria these stains were going to start growing. Alas, the writing was on the wall (or, all over my rug)—it was time to buy a rug that I could machine wash myself, whenever the need arises.
That's when I learned about an amazing line of washable rugs from the brilliant mind of Lorena Canals. She had long questioned why people couldn't just wash their rugs at home, so she created a collection of machine washable rugs, allowing people to do just that. As if their good looks and easy maintenance weren't enough to have us obsessed, all of her rugs are handmade by artisans in India, using eco-friendly, natural fibers, and child-safe dyes. If your kiddos play on the floor as much as mine do, the safety aspect is crucial. For once, what's easiest for us moms is also what's safest for our little ones, hooray! Check out some of our top picks below.