Because all of our natural fiber floor coverings derive from different types of plant fibers, they're inherently absorbent. Exposure to the elements and changes in humidity levels can cause excessive wear and a potential environment for mold growth. This means that you don't want to place your natural fiber rug anywhere that's damp or where spills are likely to occur.
Vacuum natural fibers often, just like you would any type of rug or carpet. This will regularly remove the fine dirt particles that can lodge between the fibers and cause additional wear. For the best result, we recommend the use of a vacuum with strong suction. A beater bar is not recommended. A liquid spill will act as a magnet to any dirt particles that are in the rug, causing the dirt to rise to the surface. This dirt may cause a dark stain. To prevent this from happening, try to keep the rug as soil-free as possible by regularly vacuuming.
Pro Tip: Use a coarse doormat or walk off mat at your front door. This will provide a great deal of protection for your new rug. The goal is to remove as much of the outside dirt as possible from the shoes of those entering your home.
For routine maintenance of our woven fabric bindings (cotton, linen, jute, etc.), simply vacuum the edge finish as you do the rug.
If excessive soiling or spills occur on the binding, a dry extraction cleaning system such as HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit will be very effective (HOST is widely available online). Alternatively, you may use a mild, neutral cleaning solution on spots and small soiled areas, but be sure to test an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the cleaner will not affect the fabric colors.
Once you've tested an area, follow these steps:
Exposure to the elements and changes in humidity levels can potentially create an environment for the growth of mold or mildew. This means that you shouldn't place your natural fiber rug anywhere that's damp or where spills are likely to occur. Seagrass is especially susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew spots may not respond to the cleaning procedures that work with other types of soil, but we strongly recommend that you try the HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit (widely available online).