Who has a wool rug in their bathroom?

auntjenOctober 31, 2011

And how has it held up? I'm considering something like this (maybe not this very one - haven't decided yet):

in my small bathroom, which I'm currently redecorating. I just don't care for the look of a regular ol' bathmat, but feel like I want something on the floor. This will get stepped on coming directly out of the shower so will get a bit wet. That said, we have a wool mat at our front door and it's seen years of wet shoes, even occasionally getting slushy from ice tracked in during winter storms, and it's held up beautifully. Could I expect the same kind of performance from a wool rug in my bathroom?

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OrchidOCD

I do, in two of my bathrooms (reversible cotton rugs in the other.) IME, wool holds up very well in a bathroom, because it's naturally water-resistant and also repels staining so is easy to spot clean. But, that same water resistance means it doesn't absorb water from wet feet the way cotton does, the water is more likely to absorb just a bit and then evaporate from the surface, whereas cotton will absorb a lot of water and then dry out. I love the soft feel of the wool on shower-wet feet - just feels luxurious and pampering!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 12:15AM
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trailrunnerbiker

I have a large Oriental rug in our master bath. Has been there for 6 yrs now and still fine. Doesn't get soaked but does get damp feet on it. No problem so far. c

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 1:54AM
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busybee3

i have 3 wool rugs in our master bath... a small one outside of shower, a runner in front of vanity, and a 4x6 one by the tub...i got them at ballard, so they look nice, but were inexpensive. i love them! they feel great in the bathroom! my only complaint is that the runner (which we stand on the most) is 'shedding' some... never had a rug do that. it easily just vacuums up, but i wonder how well it will last...???

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 7:19AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

We've had wool rugs in our bathrooms for years. They are a nicer, warmer greeting to feet than is cold, hard ceramic tile.

We recently repainted and redecorated the MB and converted to plush microfiber rugs. NOT THE SAME! The wife is on a search for more wool rugs to compliment the decor.

(Ben, our cat, inherited the old wool rugs and he loves to snuggle up on them and nap.)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 8:08AM
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jejvtr

Another wool rug owner/lover - We have small one in hall bath instead of cotton or synthetic type- To me the qualities - look, feel, longevity far outweigh the others

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 8:51AM
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auntjen

Thanks so much for confirming what I thought to be true. I'll be searching in earnest for a wool rug for my bathroom now.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 9:54AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Jen,

Try addarug.com. They have wool rugs for every decor.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 10:03AM
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tuesday_2008

I would love to use a nice wool rug in my bathroom - but how do you clean them? My floors get sticky with hairspray overspray - now sure how that would work with a wool rug.

Have always used machine washable.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 11:16AM
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tuesday_2008

I forgot Auntjen - I love the color of the rug you posted. Care to share your source, etc.

Tuesday

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 11:19AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

I can't answer that because we don't use hairspray products. Regular vacuuming keeps them clean most of the year. We wash them twice a year, or if something spills on them.

Using a hand-held shower head, we wet them down in the tub. Gently scrub with a soft upholstery brush, using 1/4 cup Charlies Soap to 1 gallon warm water. Rinse well, about three times, and hang to dry.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 11:27AM
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auntjen

Tuesday, the rug above is from Homedecorators.com. :-)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 11:30AM
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valinsv

Another wool rug lover. I have them in two of my bathrooms and so far they are holding up great. They are both fairly inexpensive, though, and I bought from Overstock.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 12:56PM
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jillinnj

Really? I wash my bath mats every week in the washing machine. Can't imagine having a wool rug that can't be machine washed. There's just no way I would ever wash it in the tub (much too lazy for that!). Would love the look though. Interesting...

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 1:58PM
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natal

Love the way they look, but I'm in the "have to be able to wash them" camp. Same with kitchen rugs.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 5:44PM
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Fun2BHere

My friend uses a hand-knotted wool rug in her kitchen by the stove. When it gets dirty, she takes it outside and cleans it with a brush and the hose. I don't know if a tufted rug would hold up to that sort of treatment.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 8:52PM
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barbarajon

I have a large woolen rug in both my bathrooms, and they are holding up just fine. I make sure that I put them out in the sun whenever possible so that they can last a little longer and can be used for more time. You can absolutely use those wool rugs for sure, I say!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 4:36AM
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lotusgreen

I don't know if anyone is still reading this, but I have been contemplating getting this rug for my bathroom but didn't know how wool would work. Thank you for this discussion because it has been very helpful. I just bought it on ebay! -- Yay!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Olychick

that is one gorgeous rug. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 7:35PM
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pirula

I have a wool chain stitch rug that I bought in New Delhi in1993 and has been in our master bathroom for 7 years. I can and have washed it in gentle cycle a few times, no dryer of course. It does beautifully. We do dry off in shower so no puddles form on it. But I suspect it could handle that too.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Boopadaboo

I love those Nichols rugs! Gorgeous.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 8:32PM
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bronwynsmom

I have a wool oriental rug (not a particularly valuable one) in the bathroom, and I vacuum it regularly, and send it out to be washed once a year.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:13PM
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lotusgreen

Thanks, olychick & boopabadoo! Yeah, I love them too. What sold me, besides this discussion, was putting the picture on my laptop's screen & carrying it to the bathroom so I could really see colors & size.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 4:01PM
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laura mcleod

we a wool rug in the MB too and have found it really easy to vacuum and care for so I say go for it - ours is a low pile rug from Garnett Hill, it has held up well and was pretty cheap!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 4:12PM
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WarrenShannon

Wool is the best carpet fiber in the carpet industry. It is robust, flexible and as soft as your favorite sweater. If you choose to buy wool rug for your bathroom, you will need to take extra care to protect it.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:30AM
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