Natural fiber rugs are great way to bring a natural and organic feel to your interior design. These rugs combine intricate patterns with warm tones to create attractive designs. Most commonly, these rugs are constructed of sea grass, sisal or wool and are a great addition to almost any room. However, these rugs cannot be cleaned like carpets that are made up of synthetic fibers. Following these simple steps will keep your rug looking clean and new for a long time to come.
Step 1 – Vacuum
This is perhaps the most overlooked step in maintaining and cleaning natural fiber rugs. Regular vacuuming is an integral part of maintaining your rug because it removes any loose dirt and debris, and without this step, regular foot traffic will grind the dirt into the fibers and make its removal much more time consuming.
Step 2 – Raising Stains
One of the most important things to remember when cleaning natural fiber rugs is that they do not hold up well when subjected to extreme moisture. Therefore, these rugs cannot be cleaned like most rugs, which require cleaning agents and water. To remove stains that linger even after you vacuum requires a gentle cleaning solution and some patience. First, to make the cleaning solution, combine one teaspoon of detergent with one teaspoon of white vinegar. Then add 2 quarts of lukewarm water ,and you’re ready to begin. To clean the area, simply blot the stain with a rag that has been dampened with the cleaning solution. You may have to repeat this step until the stain is completely lifted.
Step 3 – Dry the Rug
Natural fiber rugs can sustain severe damage if get wet and aren't dried effectively. Eventually, the rugs will shrink and distort, and the corners of the rug will curl. That’s why thoroughly drying a natural fiber rug is potentially the most important step in the cleaning process. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to roll the rug up in a dry towel. This will absorb much of the excess moisture from the rug and prevent future damage. You may have to repeat this step until it is completely dry.
Natural fiber rugs will maintain their beauty if properly cared for throughout the years. By following these simple steps you’ll ensure that your rug will be a part of your home for many years to come.