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Durability of a Viscose Area Rug

Rugs are made from a variety of natural and synthetic fibers. Viscose, also known as rayon, has become an increasingly popular synthetic fiber, mainly due to its low cost and ability to mimic the appearance of expensive fibers, such as silk. However, this low cost comes at the price of durability.

Viscose rugs mimic the appearance of rugs made from costlier fibers.

Rugs are made from a variety of natural and synthetic fibers.  Viscose, also known as rayon, has become an increasingly popular synthetic fiber, mainly due to its low cost and ability to mimic the appearance of expensive fibers, such as silk.

However, this low cost comes at the price of durability. 


Strength

In comparison to wool and silk—traditional fibers used for rugs—rayon is considerably weaker.  Wool fibers can bend up to 10,000 times before breaking, silk 2,000 times, and rayon a mere 70.

While this is not a concern for items such as tablecloths and drapes, rugs undergo heavy stress daily, especially in entries, hallways and living rooms. 


Care

Rugs, especially those in heavy-traffic areas, require regular cleaning.  Rayon’s tendency to break can leave the rug's appearance altered after washing.

Spot treating may result in discolored patches, or patches that differ in texture.  If washing or spot treating a rayon rug, pat dry—never scrub.

Leaving the rug to dry in the sun will not alter the appearance.  However, it is best to have a professional clean a rayon rug.


Colorfastness

Though rayon is easy for manufacturers to dye, taking on bright colors and vivid prints, it is also known to run.  This is a concern for rugs in entries, kitchens, bathrooms, or any other area exposed to water.

This lack of colorfastness also makes non-professional cleaning a risky endeavor. 

About the Author

Sarah Staley is a native Texan who has been writing about all things home, garden and style since 2009. By day she is a copywriter for a luxury retailer, and her work is viewed by hundreds of thousands of shoppers daily. Staley graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in literature.

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