If you’ve recently invested in a jute rug, you may be wondering how to keep it looking fresh and new. Unfortunately, with jute rugs, a lot of common cleaning techniques won’t have the desired effect. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the best way to clean your jute rug without damaging it.
We have a large jute rug in our mudroom, which is one of the rooms in our house that gets the most traffic. These are some things I’ve learned over the past two years that work when it comes to keeping our jute rug clean.
What is Jute?
Before we get into all the details on how to keep a jute rug clean, let’s start by looking at what jute actually is. Jute is a plant fiber native to Bangladesh and India, and it’s one of the most affordable types of rug fibers available on the market today. It’s also incredibly durable and easy to maintain—which is why so many people choose this type of rug for their homes.
Vacuuming is Key
The first step when dealing with any kind of floor covering is always to vacuum it first. This will help remove any dirt or debris that has been ground into the fibers. When vacuuming a jute rug, be sure to use the gentle brush setting on your vacuum cleaner and take your time. You don’t want to pull on the fibers too hard or tug at them too much, as this could damage the rug over time. And especially, be careful with the fringes if your rug has them.
Spot Cleaning a Jute Rug
If you have a particularly stubborn stain on your jute rug, spot cleaning may be necessary. The best way to do this is by using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Mix this solution together in a bucket and then apply it directly onto the stain using an old washcloth or sponge. Once you’ve applied enough of the mixture to saturate the stain, use another cloth or sponge dipped in plain water to rinse away any residue left behind by the vinegar solution. Allow your rug to air dry completely before walking on it again.
Dry Cleaning for Deep Cleaning
If you need a deep clean for your jute rug, then professional dry cleaning is probably your best bet. While there are some DIY dry cleaning products available on the market, they can be quite harsh and potentially damaging if not used properly. So if possible, take your rug to a professional cleaner who can safely and effectively clean your rug without causing any damage or fading of colors in the process.
Don’t Use a Lot of Water
One thing you should not do when cleaning a jute rug is use a lot of water. So, what happens when you use too much water on your jute rug? When exposed to large amounts of moisture over time, jute can become brittle and start to break down—so it’s important not to saturate your rug with liquid while trying to clean it. The best way to keep your jute rug in good shape is by spot-cleaning or vacuuming as needed, rather than trying to clean the whole thing in one go with lots of water.
Jute rugs are beautiful pieces that bring warmth and texture into any room in which they are placed – but only if they are well taken care of! By following these tips for properly cleaning your jute rug, you can rest assured that it will continue looking great for years to come. With regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning when necessary plus an occasional trip to a professional dry cleaner, you should have no trouble keeping your jute rug looking like new!