How to clean jute rugs the right way...

November 11, 2019

How to clean jute rugs the right way...


A timeless trend, a room-unifier, and eco-friendly - that lovely jute rug that is welcoming all your visitors at the front of your house deserves a bit of TLC too. 

Natural fiber rugs like jute are tricky, they can’t be immediately treated with water when they get dirty. Regular maintenance is necessary, and you must be gentle. Keep browsing to learn how to care for these special rugs. 


Regular Maintenance & Cleaning 

Vacuuming is the key to regular upkeep of your jute rug. Suction attachments are the way to go rather than a beater brush; remember, you want to be gentle with your jute rug.

This means of cleaning is great because it can help preserve the natural look of your jute rug. An expert tip is to follow the binding of the jute when vacuuming, so not to ruin it and to get all the dirt and debris out. 

Spot Cleaning Your Jute Rug

Spot cleaning is your best friend when you own a jute rug. Press firmly on the rug with a cloth towel – blot, do not rub so the liquid does not transfer. 

For red wine stains, dab with a white cloth dampened with soda to neutralise the spill and remove any possibility of a stain.

After you’ve tackled the stain, let it dry. If this does not work, go in a second time with a mild soap-dampened cloth. Dry immediately with a hairdryer; a damp rug is not a happy rug. 

At this point, you may be asking why to go easy on the water. Because the rug is a natural fibre, it does easily break down and change colour. If you want to keep your rug as pristine as possible, be mindful of the water use. 



Pesky odours aren’t easy to deal with when the material you’re cleaning is absorbent. Expert tip: sprinkle baking soda on the rug and allow it to sit overnight to help absorb any stubborn odours. The next day, vacuum up the baking soda and flip it over to do the same on the other side. Ideally, we’d recommend leaving the baking soda on the jute for a couple of hours before clearing it up. 

If you are more inclined to go the natural way, taking your jute rug outside and let it bake for a day in the sun also kills bacteria-causing odour. The dry heat will help remove any humidity that is adding to odours.

There you have it; a go-to cleaning guide for how to clean your rug at home. Follow these steps, we promise your rug a quick and easy recovery. 


Looking to buy a jute rug for your home? 

The Dharma Door's collection of natural jute rugs and runners are handmade by fair trade artisans in remote, rural communities of Bangladesh.

Bring warmth and texture to your home with our selection of hallway runners & large jute rugs.

Should you choose to add protection to your jute rug prior to use, we recommend MicroSeal, as they are experienced in treating jute rugs and offer a DIY kit or a professional treatment service.

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