Caring For Synthetic Waterproof Rugs
With wet weather starting in the eastern states, it’s a good time to for a refresher on caring for your waterproof rugs.
It is recommended that you don't use detergents or any type of chemical on synthetic waterproof rugs as this can damage the waterproofing membrane. Instead hand wash them in cold water or wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge - Never scrub! To insure you get a long life from your waterproof denier, take a few precautions:
• Never spray a high pressure hose at your horse rug - you will damage the small pores in the membrane on the underside of the denier, allowing water to enter immediately. If needed wash down with a sponge.
• Never use a harsh bristled brush to scrub the outer denier; you can spike the membrane on the underside.
• Never wash your waterproof rugs in a hot wash - cold water wash only.
• Never put them in a dryer - they will melt! Drip dry outside.
• Never use additives like Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus oil etc on your rugs or in the wash - oils can affect the membrane lining.
• Never put a rug away damp or sweaty for long periods of time. Mould and mildew will eat away at the membrane over time.
• UV will eventually effect the lining over a long period of time. When rugs are not being used, avoid leaving them out on rails in direct sun for days or weeks at a time.
• Be careful if using a “professional” service; we often see rugs that get damaged by 'Professional Rug Cleaners" who wash synthetics in very hot water cycles. Source: Caribu HorseWear