Although it may seem counterintuitive to place a rug in a kitchen, there are several distinct advantages to placing an area rug in this vital room! While rugs are often shunned in this work space because of the fear that they will "collect dirt," people spend a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen-mostly standing on their feet! Not only does a kitchen rug add a delightful, inviting feel to the "heart of the home," but a rug underfoot can help ease many of the common physical ailments that can result from prolonged periods of standing. If a kitchen has hard flooring, such as stone or ceramic tile, then its even more important that theres some cushion in the work zones and prep areas.
However, your kitchen rugs should be more than stylish. They should be easy to clean and maintain and hold up under the heavy traffic they may encounter. Make sure the rug you are selecting is machine washable and stain resistant, they are two key features you will want to check out. Also make sure that your rug comes with a nonslip bottom on it to ensure that you will not slip and fall on it. If it doesnt have a nonslip bottom, you may want to consider purchasing a rug pad, this will serve the same purpose. The more durable and stain resistant your rug is, then the better it will be in the long run. Each time you wash your rug, it will come out looking as good as brand new. There is one thing you may want to watch for when washing your rug however. With the dark, deep colors in most of these rugs, there is a tendency for the colors to run. It would be in your best interest to wash them separately from the rest of your laundry, especially for the first several washes.
Shopping for Rugs: Shopping for a kitchen rug can be both easy and difficult. For starters, if you are unsure regarding the color of the rug at the first glance then it is best you carry a shade along with you for your shopping. In that way you can be sure that it will fit in with the color scheme of your kitchen. Next, if you want a rug for a specific area of the kitchen, like before the oven, refrigerator or the sink, then take the measurements. Also, if available, and though a bit more expensive, try getting water proof variety rugs for the kitchen, because with so much of activity either water or some other food item likes sauces and gravy will spill into it at some point of time, and then it will have to be washed.
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