CARE & MAINTANENCE

Care and Cleaning Your Jute Area Rug

The first step is to use a coarse doormat or a walk-off mat at your front door. This will provide a great deal of protection for your new rug. The goal is to remove as much of the outside dirt as possible from the shoes of those entering your home.

Routine Rug Maintenance:

  • Vacuum regularly
  • Remove spills immediately
  • Use a professional carpet cleaner or a dry extraction carpet cleaning method for periodic deep cleaning.

To maintain the original beauty and to prolong the life of your jute rug, vacuuming once or twice weekly is very important. This will regularly remove the fine dirt particles that can lodge between the fibers and cause additional wear. For best results, we recommend the use of a vacuum with powerful airflow and adjustable brushes. Due to the potential for rug damage, beater bar vacuums are not recommended. Do not steam clean or wet shampoo your jute rug. Plant fibers are highly absorbent, so when exposed to liquids or excessive dampness, they are subject to some shrinking and puckering. Aussbond recommends using a dry extraction carpet cleaning system. These dry carpet cleaning systems are by far the most successful method of cleaning all natural fiber rugs. We recommend testing the cleaner on an inconspicuous section of the rug before trying to clean a more obvious area. Such dry extraction carpet cleaners as Host, Capture and others, are available at hardware stores, and the home care sections of most mass retailers.


Sprouting

Natural fiber rugs may experience “sprouting” which is when small fibers stick up from the rug some time after installation. Sprouting is common with rugs made from shorter fibers that are loosely woven, such as jute.
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Removing Spills and Spots

Spills and spots on natural fiber rugs need immediate attention. A liquid spill left untreated will act as a magnet to any dirt particles that are in the rug, causing the dirt to rise to the surface.
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Cleaning Solutions

Use the mixtures and combinations described below according to the spill description chart at right. Always place the solutions in a spraybottle and mist them lightly onto the soiled spot.
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