How to Clean Your Natural Area Rug

We receive many calls and emails from rug owners asking us how to clean their rugs. With the proper maintenance, rugs from Natural Area Rugs will last awhile.

If you want a rug that requires minimal maintenance, we suggest a natural fiber rug. Environmentally friendly and durable, natural fiber rugs are made from hair-like materials that resemble thread. They are made from plant and animal sources as opposed to synthetic fibers which are artificial. Examples of natural fiber rugs include jute, sisal, seagrass, and wool.

Seagrass, sisal, and jute rugs are the easiest to care for. We recommend vacuuming your rug once a week go with and against the weaving. If a spill does occur blot it up immediately with a dry cloth. If the stain is stubborn dampen the cloth with soda water and try again. Rubbing the stain will only expand the affected area and the stain will set. Don’t use any harsh chemicals as this could ruin your rug.

It is not recommended that you put natural fiber rugs in areas with moisture and humidity. These areas can cause the natural area rugs to expand or shrink causing damage to your rug. Therefore, the kitchen, bathroom, and basement are not good areas to place your rug. Try the living room, bedroom, or home office. If you do live in a particularly humid area, we suggest purchasing a spray protector to help the rug from absorbing moisture.

Wool rugs are a bit harder to clean than other natural fiber rugs. Begin by beating your wool rug outside with a rug beater. It’s important that you beat it hard to get out all the dirt that may be embedded in the rug. Then, proceed to sweep your rug and vacuum it twice a week. If the wool rug is placed in a high traffic area it’s recommended that the rug owner rotates the rug 180 degrees every month. If the wool rug is in a low traffic area, once a year is more than enough.

Steam cleaning is recommended twice a year, but only use water. If a spill occurs blot it up immediately with paper towels. Rubbing the stain can cause the wool to become matted over time. If a stain is particularly tough use a cleaning foam or Woolite. Never use oxygen based cleaners. These cleaners are extremely harsh and can damage your rug.

Cowhide patchwork rugs are bought for their texture and their uniqueness. No two cowhide patchwork rug is the same. Unlike the other rugs mentioned, cowhide patchwork rugs are a little harder to maintain. We don’t recommend putting a cowhide patchwork rug in a high traffic area as it will wear the rug down quickly. We also don’t recommend placing your rug in a sunny area as the sun can cause the color in your rug to fade.

Do not dry clean or machine wash your cowhide patchwork rug. Instead, brush it with a hard plastic brush. This will keep the hair soft and fluffy while removing dirt. To clean, wipe the rug with a damp cloth with mild soap. Make sure the cloth is not wet and the soap does not contain alkaline. Do not soak the rug. After you’ve cleaned it, it is important to vacuum it or give it a good shake to get out any dirt that may still be in the rug. Spill do occur and it’s important to blot up the spill with a sponge or paper towel immediately. If the stain is persistent we recommended using mild soap.

The rugs we sell are durable and are known for their longevity. When taken care of they will last you for many years. Whether you purchase a seagrass, jute, or cowhide patchwork rug, it’s important to follow these instructions carefully to get the most out of your rug.

Preserving the Beauty of a Jute Rug

Jute rugs are delicate and beautiful pieces of art. These types of rugs compliment a variety of décor styles, and could possibly enhance the furniture you already have! These rugs are high – fashion and high quality. Most jute rugs are hand made. They are composed from a straw like fiber. Consequently, preserving a jute rug requires diligent care. Here are a few tips to ensure that the beauty of your jute rug is preserved.

Jute rugs must be vacuumed on a regular basis. When vacuuming, make sure that you get both sides of the jug.  It may be a good idea to keep your jute rug out of high traffic areas. If your jute rug does get a stain, you should use mild soap and water to work the stain out. Test your cleanser first on an inconspicuous portion of the rug to ensure that the cleanser is not too strong.  A soft bristle brush or a sponge should be used to get the stain out. Be sure to use very gentle motions against the jute rug.

As long as you keep your jute rug clean, these rugs will remain extremely strong and durable. Not to mention, their beauty will last for ages as well.

Jute rugs can be purchased in several shapes and styles. The jute rugs that are sold before they are dyed retain some of their natural tan color (which is the color of the Jute plant!). Jute rugs are also available in patterns like stripes and chevrons.

Jute rugs can often be found in smaller boutiques and online. Remember jute rugs are considered pieces of art, so they can also be hung up on a wall to add texture to the room!

Helpful Tips on Area Rug Cleaning, Maintenance & Repair

Area rugs are a great addition to any room in any home, office, workplace, or wherever you choose to liven up your living space. The following tips will help you to keep those area rugs charming and clean!

Vacuum area rugs often: The best way that you can care for your area rugs is by vacuuming them often. When dust and dirt settles in your area rugs they can cause damage to the fibers, by vacuuming them often you can avoid this damaging effect.Vacuum using even strokes against the nap of the rug. To find the nap, stroke your hand along the rug, the smooth side of the rug is the nap.

When to vacuum: For higher traffic area rugs try to vacuum them at least two to three times per week. For those that sustain lesser traffic, once per week should suffice.

Have delicate area rugs professionally cleaned: Sometimes a vacuum is too rough for the more delicate area rugs, like shag rugs. It is recommended that you have these rugs professionally cleaned every three to six months.

Rotate your rug: Rotating your rug will assure that it wears and fades evenly. To avoid having spots damaged by the sun or foot traffic, you should rotate your area rugs at least once every three to six months.

Rugs pads save area rugs: Always use a rug pad underneath your area rug. This will provide an extra cushioning for feet and will prevent dangerous slippages from occurring. A good quality rug pad will also greatly extend the life of your area rug.

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How to clean your rugs

To keep your rug looking vibrant and new you should vacuum regularly. The best way to vacuum thoroughly is to vacuum the rug from several different directions, passing over each area of the rug several times.

Rugs placed in high-traffic areas tend to have heavier soil build-up and need to be thoroughly vacuumed on a regular basis in order to prolong the beauty and life of the rug.

For hand-tufted rugs such as wool and shag, you should go over your carpet regularly using an upright vacuum cleaner that has beater-bar action (but no teeth or combs). For everyday cleaning, simply shake the rug to remove loose dirt and fluff pile.

In the event that liquid spills onto your rug, use a dry, undyed cloth to blot (NOT rub) the liquid. We recommend using Host Dry Carpet Cleaner.

Always refer to care tags attached to your rugs for specific instructions.

Removing Pet Stains from Your Rugs: Three Tips Revealed

The last thing that anybody wants to see is their pet doing their business on their area rug. This sort of problem is commonly associated with younger dogs and puppies that are still being housebroken. And in the same sense, training your pets can be hindered when you do not exercise the proper cleanup methods. If the stained area is not cleaned up properly it can leave residue odors behind, which may attract your pet to do their business on that area again. These simple tips will help you to avoid this problem and keep your rugs clean and odor-free.

Removing pet urine stains: When removing pet urine stains from your area rug, first treat the area with warm water and soap. Use paper towels to soak up the majority of the urine andthen use a professional pet waste cleaning solution (make sure to read the directions some solutions are not appropriate for every kind of rug). Be sure to remove all the odor, or your pet will be attracted to urinate in that area again.

Removing pet fecal stains: First use gloves and paper towels to dispose of the waste. Then treat with a warm water and soap and allow the soap to set in. Use a pet feces cleaning solution, which will clean the fibers of the rug and disinfect it at the same time. On more durable rugs you can use a carpet cleaning brush to remove the waste. On more delicate rugs you will have to have the rug professionally cleaned to avoid damaging it.

Removing pet dirt stains and eliminating odors: Constant maintenance is the key to keeping stains and dirt from damaging your area rugs. On more durable rugs, you can treat most pet stains using mild soap and water, and by dampening the area until the stain is removed. On more delicate area rugs you will want to mildly treat the stain with warm soap and water, and then have the rug professionally cleaned. It is recommended that you have all rugs in your home professionally cleaned at least once every six months.

Final Note Always make sure that you read the care and maintenance packaging for your area rugs before attempting to clean them with products that may in fact damage the rug. In some cases, you may have to have your area rug professionally cleaned. In this instance, it may be wise to remove the rug from until your pets are fully housebroken.