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Dry Cleaning Sisal Rugs: Clean and Protect Your Natural Rug

Sisal rugs offer a unique texture and natural look that adds warmth to any room. Made from the fibrous leaves of the sisal plant, they are known for their strength, durability, and resistance to wear and tear. However, despite their toughness, it’s important to know how to properly clean and care for your sisal rug to keep it looking its best. 

What is sisal rug made of?

Sisal rugs are crafted from the fibers of the sisal plant. The fibers are extracted from the leaves, processed, and woven into eco-friendly rugs that offer a unique texture and natural color. Sisal fibers are known for their durability, making them a popular choice for high-traffic areas in your home. However, because sisal is a natural material, it requires proper care to maintain its appearance and longevity.

Other natural materials used for rugs

Sisal is just one of many natural materials used to make rugs. Other popular natural materials include:

  1. Jute: Jute is a soft, durable fiber that is often used in braided or woven rugs. It is known for its natural color and texture and is a popular choice for adding warmth to a room.

  2. Hemp: Hemp is a durable, eco-friendly fiber that is often used in making rugs. It is known for its strength and resistance to wear and tear, making it a popular choice for high-traffic areas.

  3. Bamboo: Bamboo rugs are made from the fibers of the bamboo plant and are known for their soft texture and natural look. Bamboo is an eco-friendly option and is a popular choice for those who want to incorporate sustainable materials into their home décor.

All tips and cleaning methods below apply to most of natural fibres.

How to clean sisal rug when you spill something

Despite their durability, spills and stains can still occur on sisal rugs. If something is spilled, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible to prevent staining. Here’s what to do:

  • Blot the spill with a clean, dry cloth to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

  • Mix a solution of mild soap and water and gently dab the area with a clean cloth.

  • Avoid using too much water, as this can cause the fibers of the rug to become waterlogged and result in discoloration or even worse staining.

  • Blot the area with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess moisture.

  • Allow the rug to air dry completely before using it again.

 Despite that spillages should be dealt with as soon as possible, as little to no water or any moisture should be introduced to natural fibre rugs. We offer dry cleaning option for you rug.

Sisal rugs should only be dry cleaned for several reasons:

One of our technicians recenlty was cleaning several natural fibre rugs at a returning customer home.

  1. Fragility: Sisal is a natural material that is prone to fraying, shrinking, and becoming misshapen if it is exposed to too much water or moisture. Dry cleaning eliminates the risk of these issues.

  2. Discoloration: Sisal can be sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture levels, which can result in discoloration or staining if it is wetted. Dry cleaning avoids this issue.

  3. Cleaning Solutions: Wet cleaning often involves the use of harsh chemicals or detergents that can damage sisal fibers and change their color. Dry cleaning methods are gentler and use specialized powder with micro sponges technology that are less likely to cause damage.

  4. Preserving the Natural Look: Vegetable fibres rugs are prized for their natural look and texture, which can be compromised if they are exposed to too much moisture or treated with harsh chemicals. Dry cleaning helps to preserve the natural appearance of the rug.

Benefits of  Dry Cleaning Sisal Rugs

When it comes to cleaning and caring for your sisal rug, it’s important to use a professional methods and help from someone who has experience and expertise in this area. Our technicians are knowledgeable and skilled in the care of natural fibres rugs, ensuring that your rug or mat will receive the best possible cleaning and care. Dry cleaning process is gentle and effective, leaving your rug looking its best and extending its lifespan.


Even though natural fibre rugs are lovely pieces that add warmth and texture to your space, their are quite fragile, especially around moisture. Cleaning without damaging them is a thought task. Professional dry cleaning method is our recommended to-go option with any natural fibre rug.

Our dry cleaning compound fresh (left), and after it 'extracted' all dirt and grime from natural fibre rug (right).

Results of dry cleaning even though limited, as with any natural material, will still extend life of your rug, brighten its appearance and remove some minor stains as well as deodorise it.

If you're looking to clean your rug please, don't hesitate to contact us.

Cleaning 4U - Family Team offer convenient scheduling and even pick-up options in Glasgow, so you can have your rug cleaned without interrupting your busy schedule.

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