How Often Should You Vacuum a Sisal or Jute Rug?

Sisal rugs are a great option for those who want something durable and practical. They also come in several colors and textures. But they require regular vacuuming to prevent dust mites from breeding. 

In my home I have one of each type:

Sisal rug – has been used for years, probably since we moved into the house. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done.

Jute rug – just got this 2 months ago, so I’m still learning how to care for it. The first time I did a deep clean with the vacuum cleaner, which was a mistake because it caught all the loose fibers in the seams. Now I do quick spot cleanups every few days.

Now I know that the rugs will need to be cleaned at least once a week, depending on use and exposure to moisture.

Today, I will share what I’ve learned about cleaning these two types of rugs and how often I should clean them.

Vacuum a Sisal or Jute Rug

The answer depends on several factors such as type of floor covering, material, size, traffic patterns, etc.

A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your floor coverings at least once per week. If you have pets and children, they will most likely track dirt into the house. This can be especially true for carpets with loose fibers that are easy to pull up by hand.

Vacuum Cleaner Tips For Carpets and Rugs:

Use an upright cleaner if possible. These cleaners are easier to maneuver around tight corners and uneven floors. They are generally more efficient than handheld models.

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Adjust the nozzle height to match the thickness of the carpet/rug. Some people recommend lifting the nozzle slightly above the surface of the flooring to avoid dragging up too much debris.

Be sure to change out the brush after every use (or when it becomes frayed) to ensure maximum efficiency.

If you’re using a pet-proof vacuum like our PetSafe Cordless Vacuum, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for vacuuming your floor covering.

I’ve also found that the best way to get rid of the dirtiest spots is to sweep them up before vacuuming. I use a broom to do this. You don’t need to spend a lot of time doing this, though. Just remember to sweep up any crumbs left behind and vacuum regularly.

While vacuuming, keep in mind that some areas may require extra attention. Here are a couple examples :

Carpeted Areas – If you notice your vacuum going back toward the wall during the vacuuming process, stop immediately. This means there’s a buildup of dirt near the walls. Sweep up the dirt before continuing.

Rugged Surfaces – Use a longer wand on hard-to-reach surfaces. This ensures the suction won’t be obstructed by the bristles.

When vacuuming, be sure to move the vacuum in a figure eight pattern to ensure all the nooks and crannies are cleaned.

After vacuuming, give your rugs a final wipe down with a damp cloth. Make sure to use only water, no chemicals. A dry cloth can cause damage to the fabric of the rug.

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Sisal Rug Care Tips:

Store your sisal rugs flat. Do not hang them over furniture. Instead, lay them against a solid wall or other object.

Protect your rugs from direct sunlight.

Keep the area surrounding the rug free of clutter.

Avoid using harsh chemical products. 

The following is an overview of the typical maintenance schedule for different types of rugs and carpets:

Sisal Rugs

Sisal rugs are made from natural fibers that have been twisted together to form strong strands. Sisal rugs are durable and can last up to 20 years if properly cared for. They do not require much cleaning because they absorb dust particles easily and keep them in place with their tight weave.

A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your sisal rug at least once every two weeks. This will help remove dirt and debris from the surface. If there is any visible soil build-up, then it would be advisable to use a damp mop or sponge to clean the area.


Carpet has become one of the most popular floor coverings due to its durability, comfortability, and easy care. It also comes in many colors and styles. However, carpets need proper maintenance to ensure that it lasts longer.

Vacuum your carpet at least twice a week. Vacuuming removes loose dirt and debris and helps prevent stains from forming. You may want to consider using a cleaner designed specifically for deep cleaning.

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If you notice any signs of wear and tear, then it’s best to contact a professional carpet cleaning company to get the job done right.

What’s Your Rug Type, And How Often Should You Maintain It? Share With Us In Comments!