Can't I just use a normal rug or carpet from a store in front of the fireplace?
NO. Normal carpet fibers may not be fire-resistant, making them extremely susceptible to combustion when exposed to the heat of the fire. What's more, the hearth rugs we sell have been specially engineered to deal with heat and possible flames from a fireplace, making them the much safer choice.
What are these rugs made from?
Almost all of these rugs are made from plastic-based poly-fibers, such as olefin, a popular material used in hearth rugs because of its durability and resistance to heat.
Is plastic fiber fireproof?
No, they are fire-resistant, meaning the plastic fibers in these rugs prevent fires from spreading.
How do these rugs protect the floor from fire?
When an ember, hot ash, or sparks from the fireplace land on a fiber, it immediately begins to melt down into the surrounding fiber. This causes the flames to be deprived of the oxygen it needs to burn, effectively snuffing out the fire without spreading.
Will fire and embers damage the rug?
The simple answer is yes, but it won't affect the rug's effectiveness at stopping fire. It will add "character" to the appearance over time, however. Besides: It's better that the damage happens to the rug than to your expensive floor.
Will these rugs melt in front of the heat of my fireplace?
No. The material is highly heat-resistant and will take direct exposure to fire to melt.
How hard is it to clean these hearth rugs?
It varies from rug to rug, but generally speaking it's quite easy. They can be scrubbed with a brush and plastic-safe cleaners and detergents, and most can be machine washed and laid flat to dry.
Are the rugs slip-resistant?
Many of our rugs have a non-slip latex backing that prevents slippage on smooth floors. However, some do not, which can make them a bit slippery on wood, laminate, and stone floors. If the carpet doesn't explicitly say no-slip in the description, it probably doesn't have the latex backing. If this is the case, we suggest purchasing a non-slip rug grip to go underneath the hearth rug.
Do I have to use these in front of a fireplace?
No! These rugs are highly resistant to mold and mildew, are easy-to-clean, and the colors of most are highly resistant to fading and sun damage. This means that they can make excellent entryway rugs, bath mats, and more.