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. This dirt may cause a dark stain. To prevent this from happening, try to keep therug as soil-free as possible with regular vacuuming. When a spill occurs, even if it is only water, it is important that it be removed immediately by blotting or pat-drying the area with a clean, absorbent, white cloth. Never rub the area of the spill. Rubbing can work the liquid deeper into the fibers, making the spill more likely to stain the carpet. It can also spread the liquid to a larger area of the rug.

To remove spots caused by solid substances,first remove any remaining material. Scrape it up with the dull side of a butter knife or a spoon, always working from the outside of the spot towards the center. For information on cleaning specific spots and spills please see below for a list of recommended cleaning solutions.

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.

Care and 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.


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.