Quality natural fiber rugs are an investment that you
want to protect so that you can get years of enjoyment from them. Unlike
synthetic fibers, wool, jute, and seagrass rugs do need a bit of extra
attention to keep them clean, but it is surprisingly easy to take care of them
as long as you know what to do. These cleaning tips can help you keep your
sisal and jute rugs looking their best.
Just Say No
When it comes to natural rug fibers, water is the
enemy. Water can make seagrass, sisal, and wool rugs
shrink or curl along the edges, leaving you with a misshapen floor covering.
Water can also cause discoloration or bleeding of colors. When you do clean
your wool sisal rugs, you should avoid steam cleaning, wet shampooing, or any
other method that uses water or rinsing.
On the Regular
Because most natural rugs are not tightly woven, dirt
does not tend to get down deep into the fibers. The easiest way to remove loose
dirt is by vacuuming often. Be sure to either turn off the beater bar or adjust
the height so that the vacuum doesn’t cause any damage to your jute or sisal
rugs. Concentrate on high-traffic areas where dirt accumulates and
go over the rug in different directions several times for more thorough
No matter how careful you are, you may still have a stain on your natural rugs. To remove those spots, gently blot away as much moisture as you can. You can also use a mild detergent or vinegar solution to fade or lift the stain. Roll up the rug in a clean, dry towel to help it dry without losing its shape.