Jute rugs provide unique natural beauty to any space in which they’re used since they’re produced from plant fibers, often left in their original tan shade. Jute’s durability — like hemp or flax — lends it a life of usefulness in woven form, as with an area rug. While jute comes with zero maintenance, it does have a few care considerations that make it ideal for some locations and not others.
Jute – Reasonable Indoor Rug Choice
A jute rug’s fibers are natural, soft, and durable. Pets love these rugs and are easy to clean requiring a little vacuum cleaning in most cases. As an area rug, it fits perfectly with many types of decor with its natural tan color, adding a natural element to the room. Jute rugs are a bit thicker compared to other natural-fiber rugs, such as sisal or seagrass – it is sometimes blended with chenille to create a rug soft enough for a child’s playtime on the floor.
Disadvantages of Jute Rugs
While jute is strong, it’s not always the best solution for every type of rug you may need in the home. Since it’s a natural fiber, it is quite absorbent. This means using it in a humid or damp environment like a bathroom mat or outdoor welcome mat is not advisable, as it can become moldy, mildewed, or tear apart. While dust does not appear on the top of a jute rug, the rug does leave behind fibers underneath as evidenced when you move the rug for cleaning.
Care and Maintenance – the Advantages
A simple vacuuming with the aid of a brush eliminates dust that may build up in the woven texture of the rug; vacuum from several directions to remove the most debris and prolong the rug’s usefulness and aesthetics. If the rug comes with binding, do not vacuum the stitched area in order to prolong its life.
Care and Maintenance – Disadvantages.
A jute rug, unlike some other rug types, cannot be steam cleaned, as the moisture may damage it or lead to mildew and mold. Rug cleaners and spot cleaners are also a no-no for jute, as these may stain or discolor the rug’s natural tones. Continual exposure to sunlight may also fade the rug; rotate it if kept in a sunny location so the light affects it evenly over time.