Natural fiber floor coverings are derived from plant fibers; therefore, they are inherently absorbent. 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 where it’s damp or spills are likely to occur—so no basements, bathrooms, kitchens, porches or patios (even if they’re covered). Seagrass is especially susceptible to mold and mildew growth.
Mold and mildew spots may not respond to cleaning procedures that would work with other types of soil. Unless the spots are on seagrass, we strongly recommend that you try our HOST Dry Cleaning Kit first. If that doesn’t work, or if the mold is on a seagrass rug, follow these cleaning instructions:
Thoroughly mix one part liquid chlorine bleach with six parts water in a spray mist bottle. Test the mixture by spraying a little in a corner of the rug (not on the binding). If bleaching occurs, dilute the solution and retest until it’s safe to use. Mist the solution lightly on the moldy area. Use a soft brush to work it down into the weave to reach all the mold growth. After five or ten minutes, rub the area with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat if necessary. When you are finished, be certain that the rug dries thoroughly within five or six hours, using a hair dryer on the damp spot if required.
If mold or mildew persists, your setting is probably too humid for the use of your rug. The rug may be permanently damaged. We recommend prompt removal and replacement with another material. Have a look at our SynSisal®—a 100% polypropylene weave that does not absorb moisture. In addition, SynSisal® resists signs of wear and is very easy to clean with normal cleaning agents. Check it out!