Jute is a naturally derived material used to make carpets, baskets, and ropes. It is a sturdy material that gives any room a timeless, rustic look. Jute carpets can complement any decor and, when taken care of properly, will last you for a very long time. However, a discoloured and soiled rug ends up taking your attention away from its inherent beauty. While preserving a jute rug is different from doing so for a wool or synthetic rug, it is still possible with the right care. Here is a guide on cleaning a jute rug.
Cleaning jute rugs
Use paper towels to blot stains to remove them. Blot the stain from the outside after dipping a towel in soapy water, wringing it out well. After thoroughly vacuuming, dry the rug with a hairdryer. Make sure the beater bar on your vacuum is off. Sprinkle baking soda on the rug to remove harder stains and smells. Vacuum once more after leaving for the night. For stubborn stains, it is best to leave them to professional carpet cleaners.
Shake or beat it clean
Take the area rug outside and shake it vigorously. Because of the open weave of jute, most dirt will be found underneath the rug. The fibres are cleaned of dirt and dust by vigorously shaking. If it’s a large rug, have a buddy assist you in hanging it over a porch railing or from a few sturdy chairs. To remove firmly ingrained dirt from the rug beat it with a rug beater or broom all over. Shake out the rug pad, and be sure to clean or vacuum the floor.
Depending on how frequently you use the room where your jute rug is placed, it is advised that you vacuum it at least once a week, if not twice. This will keep dust and allergies outside of your home while also making the rug appear cleaner. Make sure to vacuum at the lowest power setting to avoid friction and the possibility of rug strands coming loose. To prevent dust accumulation, you should also lift the corners and vacuum underneath the rug every few weeks.
Using a dry carpet cleaner on spills
Test the carpet cleaner on a hidden area of your jute rug before using it all over the rug. Next, shake the dry carpet cleaner until it completely covers the spill. The jute rug should be thoroughly brushed over with a dry carpet cleaner. Brush the area, then cover it with more dry carpet cleaner. Wait until the area is entirely dry. This process could take all night for wet spills. As the carpet cleaner dries, it will become paler and more golden. Vacuum your jute rug completely after it has dried.
One of the most crucial things to keep in mind when cleaning a jute rug is to avoid getting the rug excessively wet. It’s okay to use a moist cloth to remove stains, but you shouldn’t steam clean, throw it in the washing, or soak it. Your jute rug’s strands will become darker after soaking, which could change its appearance forever. Jute rugs cannot be wet washed; however, they can be cleaned using dry carpet cleaner, baking soda, white vinegar, or club soda.