Regular maintenance is the first step to keeping your natural fiber rugs looking their best. Liquid spills - even just water - will pull soils to the surface of your rug. Regular vacuuming with a suction-only vacuum will help keep the dust and dirt particles that accelerate wear and soiling out of your rug.
Spilling on sisal is never a good thing. However, there are ways to make accidents a little less obvious.
Please note: You should NEVER steam-clean or shampoo a sisal, jute or hemp rug. Spills should be dealt with using the table below.
Nothing can guarantee complete removal of any stain, but the methods to deal with common spills and stains below will offer you the best chance at saving your rug. Use the mixtures and combinations described in the key at the bottom of the page according to the spill type listed in the chart. Always place solutions in a spray bottle and mist lightly onto the soiled spot - using the minimum amount of liquid.
Refer to the key below the chart for treatment guidelines.
|Beer or Liquor||A or D||Ketchup||A or C|
|Blood||A||Lipstick||A or B|
|Butter||A or B||Mascara||A or B|
|Candy||A or E|
|A or C|
|Gum||A or G||Milk||A and E|
|Chocolate||A or E||Nail Polish||I and A|
|Coffee||A or D||Oil - cooking||A or B|
|Crayon||B and A||Oil - furniture||A or B|
|Egg||A or C||Paint - latex||A or F|
|Feces||A or C||Paint - oil based||A or B|
|Food Coloring||C and A||Rust||A|
|Fruit Juice||A or E||Shoe Polish||A or B|
|Furniture Polish||A or C||Soft Drinks||A or E|
|Glue - model||I||Tar||A and B|
|Glue - white||C and A||Tea||A or D|
|Gravy||A or E||Urine||A or E|
|Hair Spray||A or B|
|A or F|
|Hand Lotion||A or B||Wax||G|
|Ice Cream||A or E||Wine||A or E|
|Ink||A or B|
See the definitions of "solvent," "detergent," " vinegar" and "ammonia" below...
|Use HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit for (widely available online)|
|Solvent, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot|
|Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot|
|Detergent, blot, vinegar, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot|
|Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, vinegar, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot|
|Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, water, blot, solvent, blot|
|Freeze with ice cube, shatter with blunt object, vacuum, solvent, blot|
(For wax, place paper over wax, iron with warm (not hot) iron to absorb)
|Cool water, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot|
|Acetone polish remover, blot, repeat|
Solvent = HOST Spot Remover, or any commercial dry cleaning solvent
Detergent = 1 tsp laundry detergent (without bleach) + 1 cup lukewarm water
Vinegar = 1/4 cup white vinegar + 1/4 cup water
Ammonia = 1 tsp clear household ammonia and 1/2 cup water