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.
SproutingNatural 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.
Jute fibers are short when compared to sisal fibers, and because our jute rugs are made from hand-spun jute yarn, the short fibers have a natural tendency to pop out. This is part of the natural character of these rugs, which are also hand-braided and hand-sewn.
Sprouting is common, and requires nothing more than clipping down the fibers that have popped up with shears. Over time, the need for clipping back these fibers will diminish. The process is similar to the initial shedding of a wool or synthetic fiber rug. Jute fibers are extremely strong yet have surprisingly silky and soft feel. They also are a highly sustainable choice as jute plants grow quickly and jute yarns are 100% biodegradable.
Removing Spills and SpotsSpills 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.
Cleaning SolutionsUse 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.
Care and CleaningTo 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.
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