Cleaning and Maintenance of Sisal and Seagrass

Sisal is a natural fibre and can successfully be dyed. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Silk), Sisal fits into the dye fastness category of about 5-6, therefore accepting a colour fastness of any cold colour dye which means that if challenged it may lose some of its colouration. Seagrass being 1 which will not accept a dye. Therefore our manufacturers recommendations are not to clean Sisal but rather to maintain and care for the rug.

CLEANING

As these are natural fibres they will tend to absorb liquids. If a spill becomes a stain then it may be difficult to remove. The trick is removing the spill before it becomes a stain. Generally coffee, wine and animal urine are the 3 most common culprits.

WHEN THE SPILL OCCURS

  • Quickly fetch an absorbent towel and mop up as much of the liquid as possible until fairly dry

  • Flood the affected area with water so it dilutes the stain and keep mopping with absorbent towel until all of the spill is removed

  • Use a hair dryer to dry the flood stained area, circling around from the outside to the center so a water mark does not appear

  • Once dried, there may still be a slight discolouration but the original dark spill should not be noticeable