Jute rugs are a beautifully textured, durable choice for pretty much any room in your home. But because they’re woven from dried plant fibers, they have specific instructions for cleaning and care that differ from rugs made of other materials. From vacuuming tips to spot cleaning guidelines, keep reading to learn how to clean a jute rug.
How to Vacuum Clean a Jute Rug
Vacuuming is an essential part of any jute rug maintenance routine. Not only will it get rid of dust and debris caught in your rug, but it will also help it last longer. Here’s how to clean a jute rug with a vacuum.
Vacuum regularly. We recommend vacuuming your jute rug at least once, if not twice a week, depending on how often you use the room it’s in. This will help the rug appear cleaner and keep dust and allergens out of your home.
Vacuum with care. Be sure to vacuum at the lowest power level, which will help reduce friction and lessen the likelihood of the fibers loosening from the rug.
Vacuum under your rug. Because they’re made of plant fibers, jute rugs tend to shed and leave dust-like debris under the rug. We recommend pulling up the corners and vacuuming underneath the rug every few weeks to help mitigate dust buildup.
How to Spot Clean a Jute Rug
Before spot cleaning your jute rug, we recommend checking with your manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you won’t accidentally damage the rug beyond repair. But here’s what we recommend, in general, for cleaning jute rugs!
Step 1: Blot the Spot
Immediately upon spilling or spotting a stain, grab a dry cloth (a kitchen towel or any other kind of towel will do) and gently blot at the spot, getting up as much of the liquid as you can. Do NOT rub, as this will push the liquid further into the rug fibers. Keep blotting until the spot is completely (or almost completely) absorbed.
Step 2: Clean the Spot
Do not use traditional rug detergents on jute rugs—they are typically made for rugs made of wool, cotton, or other materials. Instead, use a diluted 50/50 solution of warm water and gentle laundry detergent (without bleach) or dish soap. Dip a clean cloth into the solution, and blot at the spot again, gently rubbing but not scrubbing. Dab at the area with a cloth and clean, warm water to remove the soap. Repeat for especially stubborn spots.
If you’ve spilled something acidic like red wine or tomato sauce on your jute rug, use club soda instead of a soap solution, and follow the same steps as above.
Step 3: Dry the Spot
Water can also cause stains on jute rugs, so once you’re done cleaning, you’ll want to dry the rug. Head to the bathroom and grab your blow dryer, or place a portable fan near the site of the spill to help your jute rug dry quickly and without damage.
How to Get a Pet Stain Out of a Jute Rug
Pets: We love them! But unfortunately, they can make a mess. The good news is that these messes are cleanable, and it’s actually pretty quick and easy to get them up and get on with your day. Here are a few tips to follow!
To get liquid mess out of a jute rug, follow the same instructions as above, but use a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water after you’ve gotten the liquid up with a dry cloth. Alternate between dabbing with the vinegar mixture and a clean, dry towel until the stain is lightened. If an odor remains, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top and leave overnight to neutralize. Use a hair dryer or fan to dry the spot.
To get solid or semi-solid messes up from a rug, remove the solids from the rug, and spot clean with the same instructions above. For solids that have dried onto the jute rug, use a dull butter knife or spoon to remove as much of the solid material as possible, and then vacuum the extra debris. If a spot remains, treat it in the same method as above.
Are jute rugs washable?
Can you wash a jute rug in the washing machine? Generally, most rugs are not machine washable, unless you buy a rug that is specifically advertised as such (and we have plenty of those!). The same is true of jute rugs. Because water can stain jute, they should not be put in the washing machine to clean. In fact, if your jute rug is washable, then there’s a strong chance it’s not an authentic jute rug made of dried plant fibers.
How to Make Your Jute Rug Last
Jute rugs are durable, but there are a few other things you can do to help them last through the years! Aside from regular vacuuming and spot cleaning when you spill, these tips will help you keep your jute rug looking sharp.
- Roll out a high-quality rug pad underneath to protect the rug, your floors, and reduce friction and shedding.
- Clip loose fibers, which are called sprouts, instead of pulling them. Pulling them could cause the rug to unravel!
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, which will cause the jute rug to fade.
- Avoid placing your rug in moist environments like bathrooms or sunrooms, or where excess spilling is likely to occur.
- Rotate your rug regularly to promote even wearing of the surface.