Although it may seem to be a fairly straightforward task, cleaning a jute rug or jute carpet involves a little more than simply throwing it in the washing machine. For a start, jute is a natural fibre that is essentially plant fibres woven together. The fabric itself is quite soft to the touch but is not very durable when compared to other types of carpet fibres such as wool or cotton.
A particular problem with using jute is that it can stain very easily and will fade dramatically when it has been exposed to direct sunlight. Being a plant fibre it is going to react when moisture is applied to it. In fact, if the moisture is not removed very soon after it has fallen onto the jute it can leave a permanent mark. This is important to remember when it comes to cleaning it, moisture is not going to be a good thing for it.
If you want to keep your jute rug clean it should be regularly vacuumed so that the loose dirt and grit is removed before it can become lodged deeply into the fibres. In fact, it is a good idea to clean any rug in this way on a regular basis.
If you do have to remove marks or stains that have been spilled onto the rug you can try spot cleaning it with a carpet cleaner. You can also try a mild soap and water combination that can be blotted with a sponge or a soft bristled brush. You don’t want to scrub the area because you could damage the jute fibres even more.
When the stain has been properly dealt with and the soap has been rinsed out of the rug, it should be dried as quickly as possible, possibly by hanging it up in the sun. It would be even better if there was any hint of a breeze in the area with the circulation of area very important to getting the rug drying as fast as it can.
One important thing to remember about a jute rug, and it comes back to the fact that jute is a plant fibre – a natural material. Mold and mildew grow on natural materials and if the fibres of a jute rug become damp there is a very strong likelihood that the rug will become mildewed. Whenever possible it is a good idea to give your jute rugs an airing, just as a preventative measure as much as for any other reason.