5 Stain-Resistant Rugs That Are Perfect for Home Cooks (And Pet Lovers!)

updated May 13, 2020
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Every room in our home is working overtime right now, but our kitchen and dining areas are hands-down seeing the most action. Whether you’ve been cooking up a storm or have little ones or pets creating countless spills and accidents, it helps to have a stain-resistant rug to protect your floors. There are a lot of options out there, so you’ll want to choose your materials wisely, stick to something low-pile, and make sure that it’s durable and easily cleaned should you spill a little sauce or your pooch makes an oops. To help you out, we’ve rounded up five stylish, stain-resistant, pet-friendly rugs for your kitchen or dining area that won’t break the bank. Check them out below.

Note: To maintain consistency, rug prices are listed for size 5′ x 8′ or similar.

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1. Vintage Daisy Bordered Tangerine Rug

Washable rugs are a no-brainer, and this vintage-inspired tangerine rug by Ruggable, a company we’ve tested and loved, is great for your dining space. Once the rug gets dirty, just detach the rug cover from the rug pad, toss it in the washing machine, and voila — it’s good as new!

Buy: Vintage Daisy Bordered Tangerine Rug, $199 from Ruggable

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2. Bleach Ivory Basket Weave Jute Rug

A natural dried plant fiber often used to create burlap, jute makes for a beautiful, organic rug that looks particularly great under a dining table. Jute rugs are highly durable and fairly easy to clean — stains can be blotted out with a soft cloth and water, and a quick vacuum removes dust and hair from the crevices. This bleached basket weave rug from World Market is made of 100 percent jute but has a soft texture that makes it comfortable for human and pet feet. 

Buy: Bleached Ivory Basket Weave Jute Rug, $130  from World Market

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3. Northpoint Charcoal Area Rug

Nylon, polypropylene, and other synthetic materials are pretty non-absorbent, which means they don’t stain easily. Plus, they typically have a low pile, so they can’t be easily chewed or clawed at by your curious four-legged friend. Bonus: Synthetics tend to be less expensive than other materials, as proven by this printed polypropylene rug from Joss & Main. Go ahead and get two, just in case. 

Buy: Northpoint Charcoal Rug, $120 from Joss & Main

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4. Shively Gray Area Rug

Like synthetic materials, wool rugs are not fluffy or stringy, so your pet won’t be tempted to tear at it. Even better? The material naturally resists stains and moisture, too, and if a food stain gets onto a wool rug, a vacuum can easily pull it out. That means you can even go for this intricate gray-and-white rug without fear of it getting completely discolored. 

Buy: Shively Gray Area Rug, $130 from All Modern

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5. Aperto Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Rugs made for both indoor/outdoor use are a smart move for anyone looking for a rug that can take a beating. They’re meant to be resistant to whatever life has in store, including water and food stains, and typically require no more than a quick shake to clean. Their sole purpose, really, is to weather the elements — and to look good while doing it. Many options, like this polypropylene gray Moroccan-inspired rug, are pretty enough to work in any space. 

Buy: Aperto Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, $82 (normally $181) from Rugs USA

Would you risk getting a rug into your pet-friendly home? Let us know in the comments below!