NATURAL FIBER RUGS
Rugs made from natural fiber jute, sisal and sea grass have a wonderful woven texture that allows dirt to fall through. Vacuuming the rug, and underneath the rug, is the easiest way to remove debris. In the case of a stain, natural fiber rugs can be scrubbed with a soft brush, but avoid getting these rugs too wet, as water can weaken the fibers over time.
INDOOR / OUTDOOR RUGS
Indoor-outdoor rugs are made with durable synthetic materials to help them to withstand high traffic and natural weather elements.
Outdoor rugs can be cleaned with a bit more vigor, such as rinsing a rug with a garden hose to remove excessive grime.
Dry indoor-outdoor rugs over a railing in the sunlight on both sides instead of placing it on a wooden deck or stone patio, which can encourage the growth of moss or mold on a damp rug.
Wool rugs may shed as a natural consequence of how they are made. However, this shedding will gradually diminish with proper vacuuming.
- Use a high-quality rug pad under your carpet to reduce surface friction.
- Vacuum 1-2 times a week for the first few weeks using a low pressure vacuum cleaner without beater bars.
- Do not pull “stray” loops. Always cut them back with scissors.
Viscose, or art silk, has the same soft, luxurious look and feel as silk, but at a much more affordable price.
A carpet sweeper is best for 100 percent viscose rugs, but if you do use a vacuum, set the power to low and disengage the beater bars.
Viscose is extremely absorbent so remove stains using a damp cloth and a mild cleanser. For tough stains, use the stain solution suggested above and gently apply the foam that rises to the top to the stained area. Blot with a clean damp cloth to finish.
Try to keep a viscose rug in a cool and dry location. Excessive moisture can cause the yarns to yellow or the dyes to bleed, while high heat can cause the rug yarns to shrink.
NATURAL SHEEPSKIN RUGS
Sheepskin is naturally water resistant and durable, but proper maintenance is still recommended to keep your rug looking its best and feeling soft as fleece.
- Brush the fur with a sheepskin brush routinely to avoid matting.
- Do not use alkaline laundry detergents. Normal wool wash will cause the leather backing to stiffen or even deteriorate.
- Keep out of the sunlight. UV rays will cause the wool to yellow.
- If you get a stain, dampen the area and cover it with cornstarch or potato starch. Once the area dries, shake the starch out of the fur.