Jute carpets and rugs are an eco-friendly alternative to cloth that never seems to go out of style. Jute is a type of plant that is both strong and durable and fire-resistant. It is second as far as usage only to cotton. If properly maintained, a jute carpet can last for many years.
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Vacuum jute regularly to avoid dirt and debris from building up between the fibres.
Avoid putting jute carpet or rugs in areas where there is the threat of moisture such as the bathroom, or near the front door, where people can track in mud on wet shoes.
Clean up spills immediately. Use a damp cloth and a little dish soap. Blot the area gently and use a clean damp cloth to rinse away the soap. Allow the carpet to air dry or help it along by placing a fan nearby.
Scrape away stains with a wooden or plastic spoon and wet the area with a little water. Blot the carpet with a clean cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Sprinkle baking soda over the dampened area to draw out any moisture or odour. Vacuum up the baking soda once the area is completely dry.
Dry water spills on the jute carpet with a hair dryer on low heat until the moisture is gone.
Tips and warnings
- Do not steam clean jute, as this will destroy it.
- Avoid the use of hot water which will cause jute to shrink.