Introduction: Natural fibre rugs, such as jute, sisal, and seagrass, bring a touch of earthy elegance to any space with their unique textures and organic charm. However, cleaning these rugs requires special care to ensure their durability and longevity. Natural fibre rugs are more sensitive to moisture and harsh cleaning agents than synthetic ones. This blog post will explore effective rug cleaning methods tailored specifically for natural fibre rugs, including jute, sisal, and seagrass, to help you maintain their beauty and integrity for years.


  • Regular vacuuming is the first line of defence for keeping natural fibre rugs clean and free from dust and debris. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment or a suction-only vacuum to gently remove dirt and loose particles from the rug’s surface. Avoid using beater bar attachments, as they can damage the delicate fibres of natural rugs.

Dry Cleaning:

  • For light soiling and maintenance cleaning, dry cleaning is preferred for natural fibre rugs. Sprinkle a small amount of dry carpet cleaner or baking soda over the rug’s surface, then, use a soft-bristled brush or broom to work the cleaner into the fibres gently. Allow the cleaner to sit for the recommended time, then vacuum thoroughly to remove the residue.

Spot Cleaning:

  • It’s crucial to address spills or stains promptly to prevent permanent damage to natural fibre rugs. Blot the affected area with a clean, white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, as this can spread the stain and damage the fibres. Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water for water-based stains, such as coffee or wine, and dab the stain gently. For oil-based stains, such as grease or ink, use a dry cleaning solvent or rubbing alcohol to lift the stain.

Steam Cleaning (For Sisal and Seagrass Rugs):

  • While steam cleaning is not recommended for all-natural fibre rugs, sisal and seagrass rugs can tolerate low-moisture steam cleaning when done correctly. Use a steam cleaner with a low-pressure setting and avoid saturating the rug with excessive moisture. Please test a small, inconspicuous rug area first to ensure it can withstand steam cleaning without damage. Allow the rug to dry completely before placing it back in the room.

Professional Cleaning:

  • Consider hiring a professional rug cleaning service specialising in natural fibre rugs for deep cleaning and stubborn stains. Professional cleaners have the expertise and equipment to safely and effectively clean delicate natural fibre rugs without causing damage. They can tailor their cleaning methods to your rug’s specific needs, ensuring thorough cleaning and optimal results.

Conclusion: By following these specialised cleaning methods, you can effectively maintain the beauty and integrity of your natural fibre rugs, whether made of jute, sisal, or seagrass. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to spills and stains are key to preserving the natural beauty of these unique rugs for years to come. With proper care, your natural fibre rugs will continue to enhance your living space with their rustic charm and timeless appeal.

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