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Sisal Rugs

Like wool it has natural anti-static qualities and it is fire retardant and long wearing fibers. Its natural colors range from creamy white to pale yellow but may be dyed a variety of colors. The natural colors are beautiful on their own. Your Sisal rugs will also breathe so they are great for regulating the humidity level in your room. Sisal can also be blended with wool to may a hybrid type rug. It’s an excellent match giving you the top qualities of both textile fibers. Sisal rugs have become the jeans of home decor. You can dress them up, dress them down and layer them. And you can afford them.

Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, sisal carpet can be used in almost any room of the house, although it must be used with caution around moisture, which can damage the fibers. The fact that sisal can be so easily dyed also means that it can be stained and require treatments to make it resistant to dirt and spills. Sisal is also relatively expensive, typically costing more than coir but less than wool.

Because it is Eco Friendly and healthy for you

Eco-friendly consumers and allergy sufferers swear by sisal rugs as a healthier alternative to carpets, because the fibres are free of pollutants. As the plant is so robust, most pests avoid it, so it does not need any chemical protection. Sisal is also a renewable raw material and 100% recyclable. Another bonus: the fibres absorb moisture, allowing them to regulate the room climate. However, to make the most of the positive effect, remember to use natural adhesives only (like a natural latex glue). Floor coverings like Sisal Rugs direct are made of materials that are “naturally green”. These natural fibers are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. These fibers are grown the same, sustainable way they have been for centuries.

5 Quick facts that will help you

If you own a sisal rug or you are considering buying one, you might want to spend a little time learning about these natural-fiber accessories and how they can benefit your home. Here are five facts to get you started.

Sisal comes from a cactus plant

Sisal rugs are both stylish and eco-friendly. They are made from the natural plant fiber sisal, which comes from the cactus plant Agave sisalana, and they are very sustainable. If you’re “going green,” adding a sisal rug to your space is a smart choice.

They are very durable

The natural fiber sisal is well known for its resilient nature, so you can easily place a sisal rug in high-traffic areas like the living room or bedroom.

Sisal rugs are easy to clean

Natural-fiber rugs like sisal are easy to maintain following a dry-cleaning process. To care for your sisal rug, simply vacuum regularly and spot clean with Sisal Life Cleaner when needed. This will prevent spills from becoming stains.

They look great in any room

Sisal rugs are very versatile, which means you can enjoy them in the dining room, bedroom, living room and even the hallway. No matter what your home’s style is, a sisal rug will complement and enhance the look.

A rug pad would go perfectly underneath your sisal rug

There are many benefits to having a rug pad. They extend the life of your rug, for example, and they increase comfort and prevent the rug from moving around. If you haven’t already, consider placing a pad underneath your rug.

And never doubt their durability!

Sisal is a natural fiber that comes from the Agave sisalana plant and is known for its tough and durable qualities.  The agave sisalana plant is so durable that no drought has killed the Tanzanian sisal plants in over a century of commercial production.  The sisal natural fiber is stronger than other types of common natural fibers used to make area rugs such as hemp grass, coir and jute. In fact it is used to make marine rope for large ships. Sisal rugs are recommended for high-traffic areas and commercial use because of the inherent durability, which makes them ideal  for use inside the home!

 

About Wool Sisal Rugs

A blend of natural wool and tough sisal fibers, wool sisal rugs combine the softness and durability that makes them a favorite in many homes. Wool is prized for its cozy, comfortable feel and does not promote the growth of bacteria or other potential allergens. Sisal is a natural plant fiber that is exceptionally durable and water resistant. Both materials are ecologically friendly and biodegradable. The fibers in our sisal-wool rugs are never dyed with artificial chemicals, so they provide a warm, natural feeling to any room. Place one under your living room set for a clean, modern look, or in a dining room to create a welcoming and inviting space. All wool sisal rugs from Natural Area Rugs are designed by artisan rug makers and handcrafted

Sisal rugs are more popular these days

Sisal rugs have become so popular because they are so versatile and so durable. Most often they are used to as a cover or focal point on hardwood floors but they can be used over carpet, linoleum, or any other way you wish. They also work very well to hide wear or stains on the main carpet. Stains and wear usually occur in the high traffic areas which is also usually a great place to put a rug giving you a new look to your room while covering the wear. Caring for your Sisal carpet is very similar to caring for an Oriental rug. If it is located in a high traffic area you should vacuum it daily. If it is in a lower traffic area then you can vacuum it less often. Stains needed to be acted on very quickly so as to not set into the carber. Do not soak these rugs as they will retain a water stain after cleaning. You need to purchase carpet cleaner that is specifically designed for Sisal rugs.

But what if you got a stain? Follow these tips

Clean most stains with dry-cleaning solvent. Purchase the solvent at the store where you buy your rug, in the hardware store or in the laundry aisle of the grocery store. Although you apply solvents differently depending on their method of delivery — aerosol cans provide a spray-on solution, while dry-cleaning kits usually contain a squirt bottle — the basic idea is the same. Apply the solvent to the stain according to the package directions and allow it to sit for the recommended length of time. For solvents that come with grocery-store kits follow the directions for applying solvent to clothes.

1.Blot the stain with a clean white cloth. Do not rub, as this can smear and set the stain.

2.Mix 1 teaspoon of bleach-free laundry detergent with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Mist stubborn stains as lightly as possible if they don’t respond to solvent. Blot the stain with another clean white cloth until it comes up. Allow water to dry thoroughly before spraying again.

3.Remove glue and nail polish stains with acetone nail polish remover. Apply a tiny amount with the edge of a clean white cloth and blot dry with a dry, clean part of the cloth. Repeat until the stain comes up.

4.Dampen a cloth with club soda for tomato sauce or red wine stains, then blot the stain immediately to neutralize it. Wait until the club soda dries to see if the stain disappears; if not, reapply until the stain is gone.

Things You Will Need

  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Clean white cloth
  • Acetone nail-polish remover
  • Club soda
  • Sisal rug protectant (optional)

Tip

Coat your sisal rug as soon as you get it with sisal rug protector, which makes the rug water-resistant and will keep most stains from setting.

Warning

Do not steam clean or wet vacuum a sisal rug, as water can cause extensive damage.

Sisal v/s Jute: What’s the difference?

Sisal and jute are both popular natural fiber rugs that look alike and get grouped together often, but they are not one and the same. Although similar in appearance, the two differ greatly in texture and durability. When searching for a natural fiber rug, knowing the key differences between sisal and jute will help you find the perfect fit for your home.

Sisal is a stiffer fiber stripped from the leaves of the Mexican agave plant and then spun into a yarn-like material. It has a natural creamy white hue and can be dyed any color, which will make it easy to find a rug to match your interior design scheme. As one of the strongest natural fibers available, sisal is incredibly durable. Because of this, sisal rugs are the best fit for high-traffic areas in the home, like hallways and entryways.

Making the right choice between a sisal or jute rug really comes down to location and use. If you’re looking for a strong rug that can withstand the wear and tear of heavy foot traffic, a sisal natural fiber rug is your best bet. If you’re searching for a more comfortable, cozy rug for more intimate areas of your home, you’ll be better off with jute. Once you determine placement and use, picking the right rug will be simple.

How to differentiate by seeing them?

  1. Work out the color and texture. Sisal has a natural color which is off-white and creamy. It comes from the long green leaves of the cactus plant agave sisalana and is stronger than other natural fibers. Because of its strength, it’s used to make rope as well as being used in cat scratching posts. It’s also a popular choice because of its durability. Jute is a soft and waxy vegetable fiber which is taken from the stalks of the Corchorus plant. Generally beige or golden in color, the natural variation in shades means that once woven, each jute rug is distinctively different. Because the fibers are left to soak and soften up in water for many days before being processed, jute feels soft to the touch, like cotton.Woven jute looks chunky and can be used to great effect to add texture to a room. It complements hardwood floors and looks fabulous with smooth leather sofas. It’s also a great choice for a vacation beach house. Sisal has more of the appearance of textured yarn and with its coarse, slightly scratchy feel, is ideal as an area rug for a high-traffic area. If you’re planning on walking on your rug with bare feet, then jute is likely to be the better choice.
  2. Choose for durability. When compared to synthetic rugs, jute rugs are very durable but they are not a good choice for areas of heavy traffic. They are better for dining rooms or bedrooms, where footfall is considerably lighter. Sisal rugs are better for busy entrance ways or halls which experience heavy footfall, as well for in a living room.
  3. Consider price. Jute is generally cheaper in price than sisal, which is higher quality and lasts longer. Both types of rug require very little maintenance since they don’t absorb dirt, and need little more than a quick shake or gentle sweep.
  4. Compare the benefits. Jute rugs are eco-friendly since they are a renewable source and are also biodegradable. Sisal area rugs are flame retardant, anti-static, and absorb sound, which makes them a great choice for kids’ playrooms.
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