How to Clean a Jute Rug in 7 Simple Steps: The Ultimate Guide

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Clean and Maintain Your Jute Rug Like a Pro

If you’re wondering how to clean a jute rug, then this post is for you. As a leading manufacturer of premium jute products, we understand the importance of proper maintenance for jute rugs. In this comprehensive guide, we share expert tips on cleaning and caring for your jute rug to preserve its beauty and longevity.

Once you learn how to clean a jute rug, it will last you a lifetime
Learn how to care properly for your jute rug and it will last you a lifetime.

How to Clean a Jute Rug: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Start by vacuuming

Remove loose dirt and debris with a vacuum cleaner using a brush attachment. This preps the rug for deeper cleaning. For heavier and deep-pile rugs, we recommend taking it outside or onto a balcony if possible. Turn the rug over and beat It gently with your hands or a heavy wooden stick, taking care not to damage the weave.

2. Spot-treat stains

Address visible spills immediately with a damp cloth or paper towel soaked in water to blot the affected area gently. The water can be cold or lukewarm but not hot, especially for dyed rugs, as this can affect the colour.

3. Prepare a cleaning solution

Mix mild soap or detergent with water to create a gentle cleaning solution. Avoid strong or industrial cleaning agents as this will result in discolouration.

4. Test in an inconspicuous area

Before applying the solution, test it on a small, hidden area of the rug or on a corner to ensure colorfastness. Apply the solution with a cloth or a soft brush and avoid brittle brushes. If the colour runs from the rug, it’s a sign to be extra gentle on the next step!

5. Clean the rug

Using a soft-bristled brush or sponge, work the cleaning solution into the stained areas in a circular motion. For rugs with a distinct weave, work your way along the pattern and not against it. This will ensure that the fibres are not damaged in the process.

6. Rinse thoroughly

Wipe the rug with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Dab the rug with the cloth rather than wipe it clean. Repeat the above steps for any insistent stains that remain.

7. Dry the rug

Jute is a natural fibre, and it’s important that you dry it thoroughly in order to stop the fibre decaying. Allow the jute rug to air dry completely in a well-lit, sunny area or by using a fan before placing it back in its original location. It should feel crisp to the touch when thoroughly dry.

Deep-Cleaning Tips for Specific Stains

Some spills and stains are more challenging than others and it’s important to address these as soon as they occur. The sooner you can clean these, the less chance there is of the colour bleeding into the fibres.

Red wine stains

Blot the spill immediately with a clean cloth, then apply a mixture of vinegar and water followed by a baking soda paste to absorb the remaining residue. As always, test the solution on a small patch first, especially as you are using abrasives.

Pet stains

Neutralize pet odors and stains by sprinkling baking soda on the affected area, letting it sit for a few hours, and then vacuuming it up. The idea is to allow the baking soda to soak up the moisture fully from pet spoilage, making it easier to remove.

Maintenance Tips for Longevity

Rotate the rug regularly to ensure even wear and sun exposure.Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight to prevent fading. Use rug pads to prevent slipping and add cushioning underneath to allow air to flow naturally through the weave.


By following these expert cleaning and maintenance tips, you can keep your jute rug looking pristine for years to come. Remember, proper care and attention are key to maximizing the longevity and beauty of your jute products. This how-to guide is brought to you by MASK Associates, the Jute Experts.

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