Fireplace Hearth Rugs - A Stylish way to Protect your Floor
Wool, Nylon and Fiberglass Hearth Rugs
Hearth rugs are a stylish way to protect carpeting and flooring from ash, logs, cinders or sparks from the fireplace. The fire resistant materials used are dyed all the way through so colors don't burn out. There is a huge assortment of rugs in different shapes, sizes and colors to suite all fireplaces and preferences. Hearth rugs are made to be flame resistant and so will not ignite from embers or sparks.
Hearth rugs come in different mixes of materials and fibers that provide varying degrees of protection. These include nylon, wool and fiberglass. Some come in a mix of olefin, polyester and polypropylene. The most common shapes are the semi-circular and the rectangle as these usually fit neatly in front of the fireplace.
Olefin, polyester and polypropylene rug is the cheapest of all hearth rugs but will still stop embers from burning carpets and floors. They do have a slightly lower melting point than nylon and do provide good protection for an affordable price.
Nylon hearth rugs can be damaged by an ember or a spark, which usually results in a small melted spot, but they still offer good protection to the carpet or floor underneath. Nylon has the highest melting point of all synthetic fibers which means they can sometimes melt quite easily but they are an affordable option and still provide good protection.
Wool hearth rugs provide the second highest level of protection. Wool is a natural fiber which means it does not melt like synthetic fibers do and it also naturally extinguishes itself. Wool can, however, be singed by embers and sparks. The advantage is that these burn marks can usually be rubbed off leaving no sign of damage. They do tend to be a little more expensive than nylon and other synthetic fiber rugs but they are often good quality.
Fiberglass hearth rugs provide the highest level of protection for both the carpet or flooring and the rug itself. Embers or sparks will not burn or melt the material and while they may leave black marks these could easily be washed out. These are the more expensive variety of hearth rugs.