How to Clean Seagrass Rugs
Natural fiber floor coverings are relatively easy to maintain because dirt does not cling to the hard fibers, but rests loosely in the weave. Natural fibers do not show dirt readily. Seagrass is a reed-like fiber with a natural wax coating that does not absorb stains and spills
Maintaining Your Seagrass Rug: Regular vacuuming is the best care you can do to keep the fresh appearance of your Seagrass flooring. Visible and loose dirt should be vacuumed with a strong brush-suction vacuum. Vacuum the carpet from different directions, making several passes over the area.
Although the need may not be visible, this frequent and regular vacuuming will increase carpet life by preventing soil build-up, and will help eliminate stains caused when spilled liquids dissolve soil accumulations.
Never steam clean or wet-shampoo a natural fiber floor covering. For more information about cleaning spots and spills, read below.
Overall Cleaning: Seagrass is very easy to clean. In fact, seagrass rugs typically do not need more than normal vacuuming. If you would like to clean your seagrass rug, it is important to control the amount of moisture during cleaning. NEVER steam clean, wet shampoo or any other method that involves water saturation on a natural fiber rug. It is recommended that a dry cleaning process be used. We have a Host Cleaning Kit for your convenience and it cleans up to a 250 sq. ft. area.
Vacuuming Bound Rugs: When vacuuming bound area rugs, take special care with the binding border. Do not let the vacuum sit on top of the binding or catch the corner of the rug as it could damage the binding. Also, vacuum in the direction that the binding is sewn so as not to pull up the binding from the rug. Rugs will not be replaced or repaired due to improper vacuuming or care.
Fresh Stains or Spills: Immediately remove any spills by blotting (blot do not rub) liquids with a white cloth or scrape up solids with a dull knife or nail file. Never rub the area of the spill. Rubbing can work the liquid deeper into the fibers, making the spill more likely to stain the carpet. It can also spread the liquid to a larger area of the rug. For red wine and tomato sauce, dab with a white cloth dampened with club soda to neutralize the spill and remove any possible stain. Let dry. Many times the stain disappears. If not, try cleaning with a cloth dampened with mild soap, or use our Sisal Life Cleaner. Dry immediately with a hairdryer or fan.
Cleaning the Binding: For routine maintenance of our woven fabric bindings (canvas and linen), simply vacuum the edge finish as explained above.
To maintain one of our Premium leather bindings, simply wipe the surface with a damp—not wet—cloth or sponge or a leather cleaner/conditioner.
Protecting Seagrass: Seagrass is a reed-like fiber with a natural wax coating that does not absorb stains and spills. Applying the Sisal Life Protector adds an added protection to your seagrass rug. We can professionally apply the protector for you. You can also purchase the Sisal Life Protector in a “do-it-yourself” 22 oz. spray bottle.
What are the advantages of our protector?
Our protector is an acrylic polymer fabric and textile protector, like Scotchguard, but for natural fibers. Natural fibers and other fabrics treated with this protector will repel water and resist virtually all cold liquid spills and even oily soil. It contains no ozone depleting chemicals. We highly recommend treating natural fiber rugs with our protector to protect against spills and increase the life of your rug. Applying Sisal Life Protector will NOT GUARANTEE that your sisal will never stain, but it will reduce the chances should a spill occur.
Mold & Mildew Growth: Natural fiber floor coverings, like Seagrass, are derived from plant fibers and are therefore inherently absorbent. Exposure to the elements and changes in humidity levels can potentially create an environment for the growth of mold or mildew. Seagrass is especially susceptible to mold and mildew growth
If you have mold on a seagrass rug, you can treat it with the following mixture; thoroughly mix one part liquid chlorine bleach with six parts water in a spray mist bottle. Test the mixture by spraying a little in a corner of the rug (not on the binding). Seagrass should not bleach or lighten from this mixture. If bleaching occurs, dilute the solution and re-test until it is safe to use. Do not let the bleach mixture touch the binding!
Mist the solution lightly on the moldy area, using a soft brush to work it down into the weave to reach all the mold growth. After five or ten minutes rub the area with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat if necessary. When you are finished, be certain that the rug dries thoroughly within five or six hours, using a hair dryer on the damp spot if required.
If mold or mildew persists, your setting is probably too humid for the use of your rug.
Curled rug corners: When seagrass is used as an area rug, traffic or shuffling of feet across a corner or edge could cause the edge to curl. It is easy to cure this by dampening the curled area and weighting it down evenly overnight. If severely curled it might be necessary to repeat this process.
Responsibility for cleaning and maintenance lies with those performing this work since the manner and