Sisal Rugs

Sisal Rugs

Sisal Rugs are made from the fibers of the Mexican Agave plant. Some of the agave fibers come from the same agave that Tequila comes from. The sisal fiber is tough, durable, and long lasting.

Because it can be coarse and scratchy, it is sometimes blended or interwoven with a softer fiber like wool A wool sisal rug has the soft and warm feeling of wool, and the increased strength of sisal fibers. Sometimes a rubber or cloth backing is applied to the bottom of the sisal rugs to prevent scratching or damaging other flooring surfaces.

Some folks confuse sisal, jute, and seagrass fibers. They are all from different plants, and sourced in different countries.

If you live in a large city, some of the finer carpet and interior design companies may carry a good selection of rugs, and you can also check with specialty importers like World Market or Pier One Imports who may carry a few sisal area rugs in different sizes.

100% sisal rug

100% Sisal Rug

If you are looking for a custom sisal rug, you may want to go online. There are several sources and you can get a range of quality and prices by doing a few Google searches. Besides custom rugs, going online may be the best place to find wool sisal rugs and outdoor sisal rugs as well. Most of the outdoor rugs will be doormats or entry rugs.

Outdoor sisal rugs need to be kept inside during damp weather and you should avoid placing sisal rugs where they will be frequently exposed to damp or moist conditions. Sisal, being a natural fiber, can develop mold and mildew, which may permanently stain your rug or mat.


How Do You Clean a Sisal Rug?

Apply Protector While Your Rug is Still New. If your sisal rug is brand new you or the store you purchased it from should have a solvent based fabric protection applied. There are several available, including Scotchgard and some silicon based protectors.

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Sisal Comes from the Mexican Agave Plant

Call a Professional for Anything More Than Spot Cleaning. The best way to clean your natural fiber rug is to have a professional carpet cleaning company do it for you. They should have an experienced cleaner on hand who will use the proper procedures and cleaning solutions to get the very best possible results. Please realize that there are some spots and stains that cannot be taken out of natural fibers, so they may not be able to guarantee that your rug will be in a “like new” condition when they are finished.

Vacuum Regularly. In carpet cleaning, the first step is always a thorough vacuuming. In order to keep your sisal rug as clean as possible, a regular vacuuming is important. Several times a week or more depending on the foot traffic may be necessary.

Never Steam Clean a Sisal Rug. Sisal will absorb the moisture, and the steam may damage the rug and discolor the fibers. It might take several days to completely dry.

Never Wet Shampoo Sisal Mats or Rugs. Wet Shampoos may damage the rug and discolor it.

Dry Clean Most sisal rug makers suggest using a Host Carpet Cleaning compound. Host carpet cleaner is a loose material that has been treated with solvent cleaners. When applied properly to a rug it will clean and freshen it. Always use a hair dryer after applying any liquid cleaner.

For Stubborn Spots, a little soapy water on a towel may be used, again blotting, and drying with a hair dryer. To make a soap solution, add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap to 8 or 12 ounces of cool water.

Spot clean and blot spills with a little club soda on a towel, and if there is dried mud or other solids, use a dull knife or nail file to gently scrape them off the rug. Never rub or scrub your sisal mat or rug.

Mold and Mildew Spots? If mold or mildew develops on your rug, move it to a dryer location.

My Sisal Rug is Curling at the Corners. Sometimes a sisal area rug in a high traffic area will start to curl on the edges or corners. If this happens, dampen the rug a little, and weight it down overnight. You may need to repeat this process several times, and be careful not to over wet the rug. Also be careful of materials on or under the rug, as sometimes moisture can damage floors and furnishings, and any dyes may transfer from the moisture.