Jute Rugs – To Clean or Not to Clean
OK, SO YOU HAVE A JUTE RUG, DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? I looked it up, here is the definition:
“a rough fiber made from the stems of a tropical Old World plant, used for making twine and rope or woven into sacking or matting.”
NOW YOU WANT TO CLEAN IT…here’s a few things you need to know, first, Jute browns and yellows like no other rug out there. If you get it even a tiny bit wet, and shades of brown start showing up. The fibers release oils when wet. Next, Jute is extra absorbent and can hold odor-causing contaminants like pet urine even through multiple washings. due to the fact that the odors are usually absorbed into the middle of the fibers, by the time you realize there is an issue.Not a great choice if you have animals. as well, jute can become brittle and rot. acidic spills (juice, coffee…)can cause this to happen at a much faster rate. Unfortunately, rot in jute rugs cannot be repaired.
If you absolutely have to clean your jute rug, clean only the surface with as little moisture as possible. or try dry cleaning.
So there you have it, the 3 concerns with jute rugs or carpeting. browning, odor and rotting.
I hope this helped.