Advantages and disadvantages of sisal carpet

- Nov 17, 2019-

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Natural fiber carpets and rugs are seeing a surge in popularity recently, as concerns about sustainability grow. Rather than the synthetic materials such as nylon, which require valuable fossil fuels to fabricate, natural fiber rugs use sustainable, renewable materials, which will give you the greenest flooring options around. From wool to seagrass, jute to coir, there are a number of natural carpeting options available from TFC carpet, but sisal  is by far one of the most popular. Sisal is made from the fibers of the sisal plant, a type of agave plant that primarily is grown in Kenya and Brazil. Here are some guidelines to help you decide if Sisal is the right carpet choice for your home!

The Pros of Sisal

Sisal is one of the most durable carpeting options available, and not only amongst natural carpeting and rug options, but in its own right. The fibers of the sisal agave are incredibly tough and strong, more so than other fibrous materials like jute. In fact, sisal is often used in things like baling twine and mariner rope, as well as by the auto industry as a green replacement for things like fiberglass and asbestos.

The look of sisal is something for which it is prized as well. Like many natural fiber carpets, sisal has a distinctive tan, beige, and creamy white color that naturally comes from the plant fibers it’s made of. These fibers are woven into a natural looking fabric that is mildly neutral and will fit with nearly any décor. But if you do want patterns or colors, sisal holds dyes well and can be woven into other for unique looks as well.

Because sisal is a natural fiber carpeting material, it is non-toxic and good for people with allergies and asthma. Unlike synthetic materials like nylon it won’t off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), so sisal carpets and rugs will contribute to the air quality of your home.

Sisal is biodegradable, since it is made from plant fibers, so after its served its time as carpeting it won’t spend eternity taking up space in a landfill.

Sisal is a low maintenance carpet and rug option. Regular vacuuming is all that’s needed to keep sisal carpeting in good shape.

Sisal resists static and is not very flammable.

Sisal is super absorbent. So absorbent in fact that it can act as a natural humidifier for your home, meaning it’ll stay cool on hot days.

The Cons of Sisal

Because it is so absorbent, sisal is prone to staining, and it cannot be wet shampooed or steam cleaned.

Sisal is durable because it is a tough material, but this toughness is also rough to the touch, so if softness is a priority then a material such as wool or jute might be more suitable for you.

To learn more about the natural fiber carpeting and rug options available from Floor Coverings TFC, contact us today!