The Benefits of Natural Sisal Rugs and Carpets

Woven from the natural fibers of the sisal plant, natural sisal rugs are as environmentally friendly as other natural rugs that are made from hemp, jute, or coir. Not only is a natural sisal rug a “green friendly rug”, but natural sisal rugs or carpets are also highly durable and resilient.
Artificial rugs just can´t compare to the quality of a natural fiber rug, such as sisal rugs, mats, or carpets.

Maintaining and Cleaning a Natural Sisal Rug or Carpet

The maintenance and cleaning of sisal rugs are both easy, because the sisal fibers do not attract or collect static or dust. Natural sisal rugs are a low maintenance rug, however natural sisal is an organic fiber that does not stand well against water or humidity. For that reason, a natural sisal rug should not be used in a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor.
Synthetic sisal rugs can be placed in a garden, on a porch or deck, or in an outdoor dining area, but when selecting a natural fiber carpet you will find better quality with the “real thing”.
When cleaning a natural sisal rug, you should only use a dry cleaning method. Any form of moisture can stain and shrink a natural sisal rug or mat. Maintaining a sisal carpet with an occasional (dry) vacuuming should be plenty to keep a clean natural sisal rug or sisal carpet.
If a stain or spot on a natural sisal rug or sisal carpet does occur, immediate attention is the best. Dab away liquids (don´t rub or smear) with an un-dyed rag or paper towel. Work quickly to pull out all liquids, and then dry with a hair dryer.

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Eco-Friendly Rugs: Seagrass and Sisal Rugs

Seagrass is a natural fiber that is versatile and naturally stain resistant. The natural fibers resist dust and other dirt particles making it a great choice for a family suffering from allergies. It´s very easy to clean and will resist most stains so it makes for a great area rug in your dinning room or living room. If seagrass is properly maintained and taking care of it will remain remarkably new and eye-catching.

Sisal rugs are naturally derived and beautifully designed to make any room in your house stand out. Although the rug fibers come from a plant in Africa, they do require routine maintenance to preserve their beauty and personality. Sisal rugs are semi-stain resistant water proof but do best when kept in a dry and arid environment. After buying your sisal rug, you probably want to know how to care for it so it stays looking new and fresh.

Both rugs are a great addition to any eco-friendly home because they are made from 100 percent of sustainable material. These rugs are affordable and are long-lasting due to their durability. Be careful when placing these types of rugs by moister as both seagrass and sisal rugs may develop mold and mildew if given too much humidity. These rugs are not intended for outdoor use. Another aspect of these natural rugs to keep in mind is curling corners. Another result of excessive moister is curled corners.

Use seagrass and sisal rugs to create the perfect earth-friendly home environment. These rugs go great with virtually any wall color and may be used as the center-piece of a room or easily blend in with neutral colors. To draw attention to your seagrass rug or sisal rug, use bold, dramatic wall colors. This will provide the eye to catch the natural tones of the rug. If you want it to blend in, simply paint the room with a shade of brown.

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Sisal Rugs

Getting a sisal rug for your home or office is a chic way to go green. There’s an exotic element to these all natural rugs that may explain why they’re such a popular choice in interior design.

Sisal flooring is made with extracts from the sisal agave plant. The fine, long fibers of the agave plant provide the durability and strength of sisal rugs. Sisal is spun by hand using the soft, smooth yarn and is then hand-tufted and woven into exquisite carpeting. The versatility of the sisal fibers makes it possible to weave a striking variety of patterns and textures. Every sisal area rug is truly unique because nature provides wonderful variations in color and fiber thickness.

Sisal rugs are anti-static and naturally flame retardant. They are also resistant to liquids. Since spills are a breeze to clean up, a sisal rug is a brilliant choice for the kitchen and dining areas.

The fibers of sisal rugs are often left undyed, giving the rugs a distinctive, organic look. Another option is an appealing bleached sisal rug, which has a lighter, more neutral shade. Dyed weaves are also among the sylish choices of sisal rugs at Natural Area Rugs. An example is our Legacy Sisal Rug, which is a dark charcoal color and a perfect accent for many modern styles of décor. A sisal rug in any shade successfully titivates a room’s décor.

You may choose to get a self-edged sisal rug or one with a 100% cotton border. Our border colors range from neutral to moss to red/Cherry Jubilee.

All of our trendy and classic sisal flooring from Natural Area Rugs comes with latex backing. The rugs help to absorb sound, adding to the overall warmth and comfort of any space. We recommend you also use Premium-Lock Rug Pads.

Making Your Home Hypo-Allergenic with Sisal Rugs

One of the most common allergens for adults and children is dust mites. Dust mites are small, microscopic insects that thrive in warm, damp environments. For many, this means dust mites take up residence in bedding, pillows and conventional carpets. The best treatment and solution for a person suffering from a dust mite and other seasonal allergies is to rid their home of dust. Sisal rugs are one of the best things you can do for a home suffering from allergies.

Sisal rugs are hypo-allergenic because they do not trap dust and dirt – they repel it. Sisal rugs may be used in a living room, as a kitchen sink floor mat or in virtually any room in your home. In order to clean a sisal rug and keep dust at a minimum, vacuum regularly or shake it out regularly and maintain dust-free floors surrounding the sisal rug.

If most of the people in your family suffer from allergies, it is advisable to remove all traditional carpet and replace it with hardwood, tile or another non-porous hard surface. Use sisal area rugs to decorate and add the comfort of carpet to your hard floors. Sisal rugs are not only hypo-allergenic; they are also extremely durable and can last a life time.

Sisal rugs are eco-friendly, made from 100 percent of sustainable materials. Use sisal rugs in your home to create a warm, earth-conscious environment. You’ll keep allergies to a minimum and make a great impression to your guests.

Keeping Your Sisal Rug Sizzling

Sisal rugs are naturally derived and beautifully designed to make any room in your house pop. Although the rug fibers come from a plant in South America, they do require routine maintenance to preserve their beauty and personality. Sisal rugs are semi-stain resistant water proof but do best when kept in a dry and arid environment. After buying your sisal rug, you probably want to know how to care for it so it stays looking new and fresh. Follow a few of these tips to keep your sisal rug sizzling and spectacular.

Sisal fibers do not do well with damp, wet or humid environments. They don’t make a good choice as a runner by your front door or for use in an area where wet feet may trample on it. A sisal rug should also be placed in room that has a low chance of seeing a spill. Dinning rooms and living rooms that get a lot of use would not be a good place to lay a sisal rug.

If water was to make its way to your sisal rug, you want to get it dry as soon as possible. The wetness of a spill or water from rain can quickly shrink the rug and distort its natural shape. It can also force the dirt that’s underneath the pile to come to the surface, giving the rug a dirty appearance. If you spill something on the carpet, clean it immediately by using a dry cloth to soak up as much of the spill as possible. If it doesn’t leave a stain, use a blow dryer to dry the area quickly. If there is a stain, use a stain removing solution by blotting the stain. Never rub a stain as this can push it deeper and more permanently into the rug.

Vacuum your sisal rug on a daily basis if it is in a high traffic area or at least once a week to keep dust and unwanted particles away form the rug. Avoid wearing shoes on a sisal rug as this can add unnecessary wear and tear to the carpet, aging it more quickly. Simply ask your guests to remove their shoes when visiting your home. Shampoo the sisal rug once every six months. After shampooing the carpet, turn it one complete turn clockwise to diversify the foot traffic pattern. This will keep even wear on the carpet so one portion of it doesn’t look more worn than another.

A few general tips to care for your rug is:

  • Rug pad extends rug life and protects floors.
  • Use rug indoors, away from high moisture areas.
  • To avoid fading, do not expose rug to direct sunlight.
  • Blot spills immediately using a dry absorbent cloth and do not allow water to soak rug.
  • Vacuum regularly to maintain best appearance.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the rug.
  • Do not pull loose ends. Clip scissors to remove.
  • Turn carpet around occasionally to equalize wear.
  • For hard-to-remove stains, professional rug cleaning is recommended.

Sisal area rugs require special attention and some extra care. If you follow these simple steps your sisal rug will treat you well and stay with your for many years to come. Remember to keep your sisal rug out of direct sunlight and away from humid or damp areas. This is probably the single most important aspect of caring for you sisal rug.