The Proper Care of Natural Rugs


High end floor coverings, such as sisal or wool rugs, are a beautiful addition to any home, but have to be properly cared for in order to last for an extended period of time. While you may already have a cleaning routine down, it’s important you take some time to understand the special considerations surrounding high quality, natural fiber rugs. The following are some tips to get you started.

Proper Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning will be different for each fiber type, but what remains the same is you cannot rub the stain. As soon as you notice a spill, scoop up any large debris or dry materials with a spoon. Next, take a clean, lint-free white cloth and begin to blot up the spot. Start at the outer edge and work toward the center.

Do this until you have soaked as much as you can into the clean cloth. Rubbing the stain will only force it deeper into the fibers of the rug. After you have blotted it well, take another clean white cloth, dampen it with lukewarm water and continue to blot the stain until it no longer remains. Keep in mind the following specific instructions.

  • For Leather/Cowhide – Do not dampen your cloth. Simply blot a spill with a dry cloth until it no longer remains. If you can’t get it out, it’s best taken to a professional cleaner.
  • For Tufted/Hooked Rugs – Wool rugs are often tufted or hooked. After you have blotted the stain with your dry cloth, you can spot clean these using a mild detergent mixed with water.
  • For Outdoor Rugs – Floor coverings made for the outdoors are typically a little more durable. It’s okay to use a mild detergent mixed with water to blot a stain, and the detergent can be rinsed with a gentle-flow garden hose.

There may be other specific instructions for your particular rug, so it’s important to read the labels and contact Natural Area Rugs if you’re not sure how to spot clean a certain type of fiber.