Viscose Rugs Look Great But What Are The Pros & Cons?
How Are They Made?
Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre which is sometimes known as rayon. It is commonly used in a wide range of rugs, with some made from 100% viscose, and many others incorporating at least some percentage of the fibre in their overall makeup. Viscose rugs can be handmade, or machine made and they have their benefits for many different types of home. Opting for viscose is a decision many people are not sure about, due to both the pros and cons of the fabric and below is a closer look at why you may (or may not) opt for a viscose rug.
Viscose is known for having silk-like properties and it is highly versatile, but it does have some drawbacks. They shed easily so are not the best choice for high traffic areas and they are not ideal in areas where spillages may be likely.
Pros and Cons of Viscose
Viscose rugs are ultra popular right now, the way they reflect the light and give a crushed velvet look is so in-demand. Over the last few years manufactures have increased their production, giving us so many different options in terms of shapes, sizes and patterns. The diversity and range of options makes them popular, they can be found at a wide range of prices, colours and and quality's too, to suit almost any budget and style. Viscose rugs can be used all over the home, although you need to be careful to keep them dry and clean. They’re a great choice for living rooms and bedrooms and other areas that require a bit of jazzing up!
Viscose rugs are harder to clean than say wool, this making them not ideal for heavy use areas or areas where fluids or dirty are prevalent.
The delicate nature of viscose means it is not the best option for homes with pets, young children and high traffic. While budgets may be tight in these households, rugs can quickly become worn and not retain their colour and shape. There are other synthetic fibres such as nylon or polyester which are more hard wearing and suitable for these kinds of homes.
Cleaning and Caring for Viscose
When a viscose rug gets wet, it can be very easily damaged. It can lose up to half its strength when spillages occur so a lot of spillages and foot traffic can quickly result in the rug falling apart. To keep viscose area rugs in top condition it is important to avoid water-based cleaners and consider only positioning it in a low traffic area of the home.
Viscose can begin to yellow with age too, and this can be avoided if you turn it face down as it dries. High temperature cleaning equipment should be avoided as the fibres can deteriorate and while dry cleaning is a common and useful option for viscose, it may not remove heavier stains.
Choosing a Viscose Rug
In terms of durability and a long lifetime, viscose rugs are probably not the best option. However, when it comes to shimmering looks, colour range, style selection, size and versatility, they are often one of the best options around. Not all rugs need to be a lifelong commitment so if you find a viscose style which suits your home, it is certainly worth considering. Beyond this, it is also worth remembering viscose-mix rugs, such as those incorporating other man-made fibres or even wool or silk, can lead to a longer lasting piece for the home.