We often say that sisal rugs are the best care and cleaning in all home carpets, because in daily use, you only need to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the surface. However, as we have been using it for a long time, there will always be some stubborn stains on the carpet that can not be cleaned by vacuuming, especially the carpet placed in the kitchen, dining room and living room, which is quite obvious.
I have a sisal rug that has been in my dining room for four years. It had a surface protectant applied to it, but now the rug is getting dirty. Is there a safe way to clean it?
Yes, but it depends on the kind of sisal rug you have. There are two types: synthetic fiber, which may contain nylon or wool-blend materials; and natural fiber, made of plant products such as sea grass, paper, or coconut fibers.
To safely clean synthetic-fiber sisals, follow the manufacturer's directions, which may recommend hot-water extraction or a dry-cleaning method. Manufacturers of natural-fiber sisals suggest only a dry-cleaning method. Do not steam-clean or wet-shampoo; liquids or excessive dampness may cause these rugs to shrink or pucker.
For spot-cleaning a stain, lightly mist the area with the manufacturer's recommended cleaning solution (do not pour or heavily apply any cleanser directly onto the rug). Then blot the damp area with a white towel and continue blotting until the stain is removed.
A fabric protectant may be applied to both types of sisal rugs during the manufacturing process or by the consumer. But regular wear and tear and cleaning can decrease its effectiveness; it may need to be reapplied.