How to Clean a Sisal Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Sisal carpets and rugs are made from plant fibres and are durable floor coverings. The weave of the carpet allows dust to filter down into the fabric instead of laying on top of the surface. Dirt and grime do not damage the natural fibres of the sisal carpet and regular vacuuming extends the life of the carpet. Plant fibres are naturally absorbent, so blot up spills quickly to avoid staining of the carpet. Cleaning a sisal carpet is easy when you know the proper procedure.

Vacuum the sisal carpet with a sweeper that has a strong brush-suction. Vacuum at least three times a week or daily if the carpet gets dirt or soil on it frequently.

Blot any spills, even water, as soon as the spill occurs. Blot the spills with a white towel or undyed paper towels, and do not rub the spill as you may work the stain deeper into the fibres. Continue blotting the spill until the liquid is absorbed into the towel.

Apply one drop of dish detergent to a white damp towel and blot on a stain on the sisal carpet. Continue blotting until the stain is removed. Take a damp white cloth and blot up any remaining soap. Do not saturate the carpet and dry with a hair dryer immediately after removing the stain.

Scrape hard dirt or grime from the sisal carpet using a spoon or butter knife. Start outside the stain and scrape toward the inside. Vacuum the dirt after it has been dislodged from the carpet fibres.


Ask the sisal carpet manufacturer about sealants to spray on the carpet to reduce staining and moisture absorption.


Never steam clean or shampoo a sisal rug or carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Sweeper
  • White towel or undyed paper towels
  • Dish detergent
  • Hair dryer
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