Jute, persian, and oriental rugs can make any house into a home but, unfortunately, often come with demanding care requirements. With the right advice however, you can take matters into your own hands, reducing the need for expensive professional cleaning and helping your rugs stay in great condition for longer.
How to Clean a Jute Rug
Jute rugs are made of hard-wearing natural fibers. Despite their durable nature, they require reasonable care when cleaning. Soaps, detergents, and water can all damage jute.
How to Clean a Jute Rug: Stains
- First dab off any excess moisture as soon as possible. (Don’t rub, as this can cause the stain to set, and rubbing can fray jute fibers.)
- Gently brush with a soft brush and water as immediate treatment.
- If the stain is acidic, use club soda instead of water.
- Dry immediately with a hairdryer to avoid damage.
- For solids, first gently scrape it off with a blunt knife or spatula.
- Brush the remains with a stiff brush and vacuum.
Jute Rug Care: Prevention & Upkeep
- Vacuum your rug regularly. If left, grit can wear away at the fibers.
- If the rug is bound, make sure to vacuum the same way as the binding is sewn.
- Don’t use too much water when cleaning, and never shampoo or steam-clean jute. Jute releases brown oils when wet and water can distort the fibers too.
- Dry carpet cleaning systems are very effective if serious cleaning is required.
How to Clean Persian and Oriental Rugs at Home
Persian and oriental rugs sometimes use vegetable dyes, and can often be made of silk or wool. It can be confusing, then, how to clean such rugs at home. Help, however, is at hand.
Persian and Oriental Rug Spot Cleaning
- Use tissue to absorb any water in case it soaks through.
- Gently dab with tissue, from the outside of the stain first, then working your way in.
- Do not use soap or bleach.
- Fill a spray bottle with 3:1 white vinegar and water mix.
- Mist the stain and, using a soft brush, brush gently in the direction of the pile.
- If the stain is acidic (wine or tomato, for example), fill the bottle with club soda instead.
- Dry immediately with a fan or by giving it a wet vacuum.
- For solids, scrape with a spatula or blunt knife instead. Then vacuum.