Made from natural plant materials, jute carpeting is a very eco-friendly choice for your home. It's also softer than many other organic carpeting materials, so it can be used in living rooms and kids rooms. However, jute has one major downfall – it cannot be shampooed, or it will shrink, which limits your ability to rely on carpet cleaning services like Atlantic Carpet Care. To keep your jute carpeting looking fresh, clean and stain-free in spite of this limitation, follow these tips.
Have the carpet sprayed with a protectant.
Natural jute is very absorbent, so anything you spill on it will go right into the fibers and leave a stain. To make stains less likely, have your carpet sprayed with protectant. This waterproof spray will adhere to the jute fibers and repel any liquids. You'll still need to be careful about wiping up spills as soon as they occur, but the protectant will buy you an extra minute or two before they leave a stain.
Keep your spill cleanup materials handy.
Whether or not your carpet has been sprayed with a protectant, you don't want to have to scramble to find cleanup materials when a spill does happen. Keep a carpet cleaning kit with paper towels, a natural stain remover spray, and some baking soda (to absorb lingering odors and moisture) handy in the room with jute carpeting.
If you're diligent about vacuuming, the dirt and grime won't accumulate to the point that you wish you could shampoo your carpet. Jute has rather loose, open fibers, so vacuuming it does effectively remove most dust and dirt. Vacuum at least once a week, if not twice. Use the carpet attachment on the lowest setting, since the carpet's fibers are short. To deodorize your carpet, sprinkle a box of baking soda over it and let it sit for an hour before vacuuming it up.
Protect the carpet from sunlight.
Jute is prone to sun-bleaching. If you let the sun shine on it, the carpeting will develop spots that may look like stains. Use light-blocking curtains in the room with jute carpet, and close them on days that it's particularly sunny. It's also best to choose a light-colored jute carpeting for a room that receives a lot of sun, since it will be less likely than a dark carpet to bleach. Dark carpets should be fine for basements and attic rooms, since they get less light.
If you're trying to build and maintain an eco-friendly home, jute carpeting is a great choice. Just make sure you care for it properly so it stays looking fresh rather than dirty and ratty.
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