Jute is an all-natural, stylish material. Jute rugs will help you to upgrade any room, whether it is your bedroom or living area. Soft underfoot, jute rugs are a great way to freshen up any room.
What is another benefit of jute? It is relatively easy to maintain. Dirt does not adhere to the jute fibers because they are hard. Instead, it is loosely woven into the weave. Jute rugs can last a very long time if they are properly maintained. Keep reading to learn our best tips and tricks for cleaning jute rugs.
How to clean Jute Rugs
You may have been wondering if jute rugs are easy to clean. It’s not difficult to clean a jute or carpet made of natural fiber. But it is different than cleaning carpets made from synthetic materials. Jute rugs can be used in many areas of the home. However, they should not be placed in rooms with high moisture (a.k.a. bathrooms).
Can Jute Rugs Get Wet?
Water is your friend only in small amounts when it comes to jute. If you hose or drench your jute carpet, it could cause further damage. Try these tricks instead:
Jute Rugs Spot Cleaner
Spot cleaning is an effective way to clean your jute rug. How it works:
- To prevent spreading, press firmly onto your carpet using a clean, white paper or cloth towel immediately after the spill occurs. Work from the outside inwards to avoid the collapse spreading. Continue to blot — do not rub, but continue to blot — until the towel is dry.
- Scrape solid spills up with a dull blade or nail file. Follow step #1.
- To neutralize red wine or tomato sauce spills, dampen a white towel with club soda. This will remove any stains and balance the color.
- Let dry. Many times, the stain will disappear. If the color doesn’t fade, use a dampened cloth with mild soap or our Sisal Life Cleaner Spot Remover. You can use a fan or hairdryer to dry the rug immediately.
How to Spot-Clean Jute Rugs Using a Dry Cleaner Powder
- Test the carpet cleaner on an inconspicuous area of your jute rugs before applying it.
- Shake the carpet cleaner dry onto the spill and cover it. Our cleaner of choice is the host cleaning kit.
- Brush the jute carpet in all directions with the dry carpet cleaner.
- Pack the area again with the dry carpet cleaner after brushing.
- Wait until the area has completely dried. This may take several hours for wet spills. As it dries, the carpet cleaner will turn a gold-toned pale color. Vacuum your jute carpet thoroughly once it has dried.
It’s crucial to limit the amount of water that comes into contact with your jute carpet, especially when cleaning. Never use wet shampoo or steam clean your jute rugs. You should use a dry-cleaning process like the Host Cleaning Kit.
How to clean up after pet accidents
Sometimes, our furry companions decide to settle for the carpet. You don’t have to worry if you own a jute carpet. It is easy to clean vomit, urine, and feces from the surface. Here’s how:
- Urine. To prevent spreading, use a clean white cloth or paper towel to blot as much as you can. Work from the outside inwards. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup water to neutralize the smell. You can also dab the damp towel with a clean, dry towel. Follow the instructions for spot cleaning. Try sprinkling some baking soda on the rug overnight if the smell persists. This will help to absorb any lingering odors.
- Vomit or feces. Scrape off any excess, working from the outer edge of the area inwards to prevent spreading. Follow the spot-cleaning procedure.
How to clean the border of a Jute Rug
Vacuum the edges of bound jute rugs with woven canvas, cotton, or linen borders. Do not let the vacuum sit directly on the rug’s binding or corner. These mistakes can damage the rug’s binding.
Vacuuming should be done in the same direction as the binding to avoid pulling the binding from the rug. When vacuuming, do not use a beater-bar.
If you have excessive dirt or spills on your binding, the Sisal Life Cleaner works great to remove them quickly. For the best results, use a damp cloth (not wet) or a leather conditioner and cleaner to clean our premium bindings.
How to maintain Jute Rugs
Vacuuming regularly is the best method to maintain your jute carpet. Vacuum any visible, loose dirt with a powerful suction vacuum. Use a beater rod instead. Vacuum the rug in different directions and pass over it several times.
Even though it may not be obvious, regular and frequent vacuuming can extend the life of your jute carpet by preventing soil accumulation. This will help remove stains that are caused by liquids that dissolve when soil is accumulated.
Apply a minimum amount of moisture if the area is dry or has low humidity. You can do this by using a spray, mops, brushes, or any other device that provides a light, even application.
It’s common for carpet to shrink slightly when it dries. This can be eliminated by dampening the mat lightly. Jute rugs are quick to dry. Your jute rug should never be saturated. Your jute carpet can be affected by soaking and staining from the dyes of the underlay.
Be sure to vacuum and clean your jute mat before you apply any moisture. Dirt in the matting could stain when it becomes wet.
You can treat any natural fiber area rugs – including jute – with our sisal life protector. This will help to reduce absorbance and extend the time between cleanings. You can either have us apply the Sisal Life Protector for you or purchase a “Do-It-Yourself” spray bottle of 22 ounces. Like Scotch Guard, our protector is an acrylic-polymer fabric and textile protectant.
This protector repels water and is resistant to virtually all liquid spills, including oily soil. No Ozone-depleting chemical is used in our protector.
Our protector is highly recommended to protect against spills and extend the life of jute rugs. Sisal Life Protector will not guarantee that your jute rug will never be stained, but it will help reduce the likelihood of it happening.
Curled Rug Corners
The edges of the rug can curl when you use area rugs at home, in a hotel, or any other place. This is due to foot traffic and luggage. It’s easy to fix. It is easy to set. Dampen and weigh down the curled part of the area overnight.
It may be necessary to repeat the process several times if your jute carpet is badly curled. Consider stocking up on Curl stop to prevent curled edges. Curl Stop, a rug anti-curl system that is safe for any floor type and helps to keep corners flat, is a great way to prevent curled edges.