Seagrass rugs are extraordinarily simple to care for. They aren’t very absorbent, which means spills can be wiped up immediately without soaking into the stiff fibers. Dirt doesn’t cling to seagrass, so a regular care plan should keep your rug looking beautiful for years. Never use a steam cleaner or a carpet shampoo to wash your rug. Because seagrass is a natural fiber, steam and moisture will weaken the material and can cause it to warp and lose its shape.
The easiest way to keep a seagrass rug looking new is to vacuum it regularly. Vacuuming will remove the dirt particles that can work their way into the rug and damage it over time. Removing dirt from the surface of the rug will keep it looking clean and new.
Vacuum the rug in more than one direction. Run the vacuum vertically along the rug as well as horizontally and diagonally. This method will lift the weave and remove particles that are trapped under the edges of the fibers. Even if you don’t see the dirt, removing it with a vacuum will prevent it from accumulating and showing up over the years.
If stains are present, seagrass rugs will require more thorough cleaning. While you don’t have to do a deep cleaning very often, take care of fresh stains immediately for the best results. Blot new stains with a clean, absorbent towel. Try not to work the stain into the carpet. Instead, allow the towel to absorb most of the moisture and dirt. Replace the used towel with a fresh one as often as needed to effectively blot the stain.
More difficult stains may be blotted using a tiny amount of detergent that's meant for use on carpets. Apply the cleaner to the rug using an absorbent towel, then soak it up with a damp cloth. Try not to add water or soak the area, as excessive moisture may damage the rug. The wet spot can be dried with a hair dryer to prevent mildew and moisture stains.
Some dry cleaners are able to treat area rugs and mats. If your rug looks dirty or dingy even though you vacuum it regularly, it may benefit from a general cleaning. Make sure the dry cleaner has experience with seagrass rugs; you don’t want to damage your rug even further in your attempt to keep it looking pristine.
Don’t wait until your seagrass rug shows signs of wear and tear before you clean it. Follow a regular vacuuming schedule to prevent dirt from appearing and to keep your natural rug looking new year after year.