Large Waterproof Picnic Rugs
Why You Need A Large Waterproof Picnic Rug Now
If you’re wary of the unpredictable weather, then a large waterproof picnic rug is just what the doctor ordered for your upcoming outdoor event.
A large waterproof picnic rug is like that friend who’s always got your back – it keeps you comfortable, protects you from the elements (within reason), and brings a reliable and fun vibe to the party. Just like a lifelong friend, your picnic rug needs some TLC too, especially against mould and mildew.
The best way to give your picnic rug the attention it deserves is to look into the details. Here are a few FAQs on that very topic and our answers to them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the advantages of a waterproof picnic rug?
Imagine that you’re sitting outside enjoying the sun one moment, but you feel the start of a drizzle, so you have to rush for the nearest awning or covered area to escape torrential rain. With the likes of a waterproof camping picnic rug, though, you could simply roll your picnic rug back in place afterwards as if nothing happened.
Waterproof rugs can also be stain-resistant, though not always, as this is a more common feature among indoor rugs. If waterproofing isn’t on the table for your picnic rug, a waterproof underlay can be purchased separately.
With that said, you’ll want to check out the Lupita Blue and Purple Floral Picnic Rug for the same reason. While this picnic rug isn’t waterproof, it is made from PET fibres. That means it’s both water- and stain-resistant, making it easy to care for and carry. What’s not to love?
Are waterproof rugs machine washable?
Yes, many waterproof rugs are machine washable, but you should always check the manufacturer’s care instructions on, say, your large waterproof picnic rug before tossing it into your washing machine.
Before washing any rug, always look for a care label or tag; you’ll typically find this stitched to the floor-facing side. If not, you could check the packaging for information. The care label will provide specific washing instructions, such as whether or not your rug is suitable for machine washing or should be hand-washed or dry-cleaned instead.
By the way, while the top layer of a rug might take to machine-washing well enough, its waterproof backing could be more sensitive if your rug has it. Double-check the instructions for cleaning that layer to prevent or minimise the risks of warping, curling, or buckling your rug.
Alternatively, why not opt for a lightweight picnic rug, like the Josie Neutral Beige Boho Picnic Rug? This sustainably-made and stain-resistant picnic rug comes in different sizes too, so you can choose an ideal size just as easily as it is to clean this baby up. It’s a star!
How do I prevent mould or mildew growth on it?
We love a large waterproof picnic rug — it’s like a trusty sidekick on outdoor adventures, ensuring we’re comfortable when we want to lie down or spread out on a nice sunny day (or cool evening). But, just like how superheroes have their arch-nemeses, the large waterproof picnic rug has its own too: mould and mildew.
These pesky villains can sneak up and make our rugs, even the durable picnic blanket types, look and smell less than fresh. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent them from sinking their claws into your camping mat or picnic rug.
Here are a few quick tips on how to keep these unwelcome guests away!
Sunshine is The Best Medicine
We love our vitamin D, especially when we can get it straight from the source: sunlight. But did you know your rug could do with some sunshine too? Sunlight is like kryptonite to mould and mildew – it easily banishes the moisture that mould and mildew love so much.
After your family picnic, spread out your portable picnic mat and let it soak up some sun. The key is moderation: let it bask under the sun until it’s completely dry and toasty, but don’t leave it out for too long. Too much sun exposure won’t give your rug sunburn, but it can bleach out the vibrant or vivid colours in your picnic rug.
With that said, go and give your extra-large picnic rug a good sunbath. It’s like magic!
Dry, Dry, Until It’s Dry
When it comes to mould and mildew, they only need a bit of humidity to thrive. They’re persistent like that, which is why, even though your large waterproof picnic rug is designed to be water-resistant, it’s still a good idea to dry it off if it gets wet.
After a picnic, make sure to air out your rug, especially if it’s gotten wet. If you can’t air it out with the sun out, give it a quick tumble in the dryer (provided it can be machine-dried) or lay it out on a rack in a well-ventilated area.
Give it a good shake to dislodge any dirt, food, or other foreign particles that may contribute to the mildew cause as well.
Be Smart About Storage
When it’s time to put your oversized mat away, roll it up instead of folding, as this reduces creases where moisture can hide or get trapped. Above all, always store your large waterproof picnic rug in a dry place. If you have a storage bag for your picnic throw, make sure that’s dry too!
There’s really no understating the importance of keeping humidity as close to nonexistent as possible, and storage spaces tend to build up dampness when we’re not paying attention. Make sure your picnic throw is dry as a bone when you store it, and check the storage space for damp spots, too.
Miss Amara: Where Your Dream Rugs Await You
You’re shopping online for that perfect rug, but navigating your way through the options has been a minefield. Do you really need to struggle just to find our dream rug?
You don’t have to, because Miss Amara is here to change that narrative. Whether you’re looking for an extra large picnic blanket for family outings, an outdoor picnic rug that can withstand the attention of several kids, or a sand free beach blanket that’ll be killer at beach parties, we’ve got something we’re confident you will love.
Shopping for a large waterproof picnic rug needn’t be complicated or confusing. Our mission at Miss Amara is to make rug shopping an enjoyable experience, so come and see what’s in our picnic rug spotlight and get your dream rug today!