Initially, I was scouring for a natural fiber rug since they are neutral, but add in nice texture and layer to the space. I quickly realized it would be a nightmare since any natural fiber rugs - jute, sisal, or wool - are nearly impossible to keep clean in regards to stains, which dropped food is a regular occurrence around here. A friend suggested an indoor/outdoor rug, since many feel like real rugs, but can be cleaned with some dish soap and a garden hose. Our outdoor rug feels like plastic, so after seeing the ones she had in her kitchen, I was sold. I've been searching for a few months and waiting for deals, knowing that RugsUSA usually offers 70% Off standard and up to 80% Off around holidays.
I finally came across a vintage inspired rug I loved during their New Year's Sale, but it didn't mention the care instructions in the description. Since it was listed as 100% polypropylene, the contents of indoor/outdoor rugs, I assumed it was and that I would be able to care for it as such.
It arrived last week, and I love it. It was way more plush than I expected and felt like a real rug, not a glorified mat. I checked the tag and while it is indeed 100% polypropylene, it does have care instructions to blot spills immediately and spot clean with mild soap when necessary. I wish I would have known because I would have ordered it larger for either the living or family room because I love the print, color scheme, and texture.
The girls took it for a test drive as I decided if I was going to keep something not as kid and food friendly, but it was such a steal and I loved it too much to hassle with sending it back and paying return shipping. I'm sure a rug in the kitchen is like carpet in a bathroom to some, but I'm definitely not in that camp. I actually like that it will be able to collect the crumbs (sounds horribly disgusting) as opposed to the dogs