Natural-fiber floor coverings are relatively easy to maintain because the weave allows dirt to rest more loosely. But even if you’re the most fastidious housekeeper, spills happen. Here are our 7 best tips to keep your sisal rug looking brand new, no matter what comes its way:

1. Keep a Host Carpet Cleaning Kit on hand. This is a dry extraction cleaner that even Martha Stewart counts on to keep her sisal rugs spotless. Use it to effortlessly remove common stains caused by:

Beverages

  1. Blot by pressing firmly with clean, white paper or cloth towels until no moisture transfers to the cloth. Work from the outside in.
  2. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  3. Brush the cleaner through the stain in all directions.
  4. Press another handful of cleaner into the stain.
  5. Wait until the area is completely dry. For wet spills, this may take overnight. The cleaner will lighten to a pale gold color as it dries.
  6. Vacuum thoroughly. 

Most Food

  1. Gently scrape up excess with the a dull knife, working from the outside in.
  2. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  3. Brush it over the spot in all directions.
  4. Wait about an hour and then vacuum.

Pets

Urine:

  1. Press the spot firmly with clean, white paper or cloth towels. Work from the outside in.
  2. To neutralize order, dampen a white towel with a mixture of 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water. Alternate blotting the stain with the damp towel and then a dry one to avoid getting the area any wetter.
  3. Blot excess moisture by pressing firmly with dry, clean, white paper or cloth towels until no moisture transfers to the cloth.
  4. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  5. Brush the cleaner through the stain in all directions.
  6. Press another handful of cleaner into the stain.
  7. Wait until the area is completely dry. This may take overnight.  The cleaner will lighten to a pale gold color as it dries.
  8. Vacuum thoroughly

Feces or Vomit

  1. Scrape up any excess, working from the outside in. Blot by pressing firmly with dry, clean, white paper or cloth towels until no moistures transfers to the cloth.
  2. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the stain.
  3. Brush cleaner through the stain in all directions.
  4. Press another handful of cleaner into the stain.
  5. Wait until the area is completely dry. This may take overnight. The cleaner will lighten to a pale gold color as it dries.
  6. Vacuum thoroughly.

  Wax

  1. Scrape up as much wax as possible.
  2. Place several layers of white paper towels or brown paper bags over the wax spill.
  3. With a warm (not hot) iron, slowly iron over area. Use caution. Wax will transfer to paper.
  4. Continue absorbing wax with clean areas of the paper.
  5. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  6. Brush it through the carpet in all directions.
  7. Wait about an hour and then vacuum.

  Paint or Nail Polish

  1. Scrape up any excess, working from the outside in.
  2. Apply a small amount of Host Spot Remover to a clean, white towel and blot.
  3. Wait 2-3 minutes.
  4. Scrape up any leftover spill.
  5. If traces of the spot remain, repeat applications of the remover.
  6. Shake Host Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  7. Brush it through the stain in all directions
  8. Wait about an hour and then vacuum.

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2. Gently scrape up solids with a dull knife or nail file.

3.  If you don’t have a Host Carpet Cleaning Kit, use a damp, white cloth to blot liquids, but never rub, because that can work the stain in deeper.  Dry immediately with a hairdryer.

4.  Always try to remove a stain from the outside in so you don’t expand it.

5.  Never use any cleaning method that involves water saturation – that includes shampooing and steam cleaning. This could warp your carpet and cause permanent stains.

6.  Vacuum at least weekly using suction only - keep that beater bar off. Make several passes over the carpet from varying angles, unless your rug is bound. Then you want to vacuum at the angle the binding is sewn. Be careful not to let the vacuum catch the edge.

7.  Treat with Sisal Life Protector to help your rug repel water, and reduce the chances of staining and soiling. Sisal Rugs Direct can also apply protectant for you before shipping.

Is your spill not listed here? Find it on the Host Spot & Spill Guide.

Be sure to bookmark this page for easy reference, because you never know when you’re going to have an accident. If you need more ideas on how to keep your sisal rug looking fabulous, take advantage of these resources: