How to clean a Jute Rug
Soft and low maintenance, Jute rugs bring an aura of simple sophistication and modernity to your home. A gorgeous way to incorporate natural beauty in your home, a jute rug brings a nature’s feel right to your living space!
What is a Jute Rug?
Made from the fibres of the jute plant, jute rugs have the ability to stand up to years of use, and it comes among the softest of rugs made from natural fibres.
1. Dab off excess liquid- If your jute rug has a stain, immediately blot it with a dry paper towel or cloth. Be gentle- rubbing can push the stain further into the fibres and cause permanent damage. If your stain is made up of solids, scrape away any residue by using a plastic utensil.
2. Gentle Brush with a soft brush and water- As tempting as it might be to tackle stains the old-fashioned way with a bucket of water, excess moisture can quickly damage a jute rug. It’s fine to use a small amount of water so long as you dilute it with white vinegar. When you have a mixture that’s evenly split you can then gently circulate the cleansing concoction into the fibres to lift your rug’s stain. For acidic stains, use club soda instead of water.
3. Dry immediately with a Hairdryer. Never steam-clean your jute rug- the moisture will ruin the rug’s colouring. Since jute isn’t fade-resistant, you’ll also want to make sure that you don’t lay it in the sun to dry. Wringing out your jute rug or throwing it in the dryer is also off-limits because these methods will cause the delicate fibres to fray. Instead, heat the moistened areas with a blow dryer to remove wetness.
4. Vacuum the rug regularly to prevent dirt from lodging deeply within the fibres. Use a dull knife or plastic edge to scrape away any dirt that may have become stuck on the rug, and vacuum it up.
5. Sprinkle baking soda on the rug and allow it to sit overnight to help absorb any lingering odours that may be in the rug. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda, and flip the rug over to repeat on the other side. Leave the baking soda on the rug for at least 2-3 hours before removing it.
6. Clean up pet accidents immediately. Remove solids with paper towels, and blot up urine quickly. Mix white vinegar and water in equal parts, and dip a clean cloth into it to gently blot the area clean. Cover the area in baking soda to help draw the moisture out of it and also to help eliminate the odour.
Because jute rugs are made from organic fibres, it might seem like they could be easy to clean. With so many benefits to jute rugs, such as their eco-friendly stature and inability to ever go out of style while lending their natural good looks to any room in your home, it's easy to dismiss the drawbacks that come with them. Jute rugs require care and upkeep as they can't simply be washed when they become dirty. If you're willing to take on the cleaning and care for these special rugs, the rewards will come in the form of a gorgeous rug that will last for years to come.
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