An outdoor carpet provides a warmth and aesthetic beauty to an outdoor space that few other types of ground fixtures can. These carpets are oftentimes similar in many ways to AstroTurf or another artificial lawn or grass setup. They are designed to provide a clean place to walk or a unique appearance and feel to a space. As with indoor carpets, however, you'll have to be prepared to properly clean your outdoor carpet regularly in order to keep it looking its best. Read on for a few brief tips on how to maintain your outdoor carpet.
Eliminate Oil Stains
Most outdoor carpets are highly resistant to stains. This is one of the benefits of the acrylic or plastic design that these carpets feature. However, one type of substance that will invariably cause a stain of some kind is oil. Even a small spill of any type of oil may leave that part of the carpet looking dull and greasy. In order to address this issue, pour a small quantity of liquid dish soap onto a sponge, scrubbing brush, or cloth and rub it into the carpet. Continue to rub at the stain until the soap lathers up. Rinse it off with a small quantity of water to remove the stain.
Wicking is a major problem with many types of outdoor carpets. Due to the composition of the carpet, when you clean off stains, dirt or debris from the surface of the carpet, it may appear to be clean. However, over time, the debris and dirt that has sunk to the bottom of the carpet may naturally rise up again and leave the carpet looking dirty once again, even if you don't continue to use it. In order to prevent this, you'll need to vacuum the carpet regularly. Use a high powered vacuum and address the carpet at least two times thoroughly before you do any other cleaning.
Address Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew is a common problem for outdoor carpets. Unlike indoor carpets, these fixtures tend to get wet and dry again multiple times, even throughout a single day. This makes them an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. To address mildew, it's oftentimes best to leave your carpet out in direct sunlight on a warm day for a few hours. This can kill most of the mildew. If your carpet is moldy, treating it with a solution of about 4 parts water to 1 part bleach is a good way to address the problem, although the bleach may cause some discoloration of the carpet. There are also separate cleaning solutions that are free of bleach if you're concerned about the colors on your carpet.
With proper care and maintenance, and outdoor carpet can last for many years and continue to look fresh, clean and beautiful for all of that time. It's best to address any maintenance issues early on so that your carpet doesn't become too dirty.