How To Deep Clean A Jute Rug (Wet & Dry Cleaning Method)

If you’re like me, you love the look of a beautiful jute rug. But, over time, they can start to look a little bit messy. 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t deep clean your jute rug very often. In fact, you might not even know how to deep clean a jute rug! But don’t worry, I’m here to help. I’ve put together a list of easy steps to follow, so your rug will be as clean and fresh as it was the day you bought it.

deep cleaning a jute rug

Here are a few easy steps for how to deep clean a jute rug and restore your carpeting.

Wet Cleaning A Jute Rug

Step 1: identify the area that needs the most help

Just like with any cleaning project, it’s important to assess the area of your rug that needs the most help. If there are stains or areas of extreme soiling, it might be a good idea to treat those areas separately from the rest of the rug.

Step 2: evacuate loose dirt and debris

If your jute rug has experienced any type of moisture damage, cleaning preparations can extend the life of your carpeting. To start the cleaning process, vacuum your rug to remove any loose dirt and debris.

Step 3: clean your jute rug with soap and water

Using a hose with a jet nozzle, spray soapy water on the areas that need help. Work from the top of your jute rug down to help prevent residue from settling into your flooring. Make sure to move the carpeting as you wash it with the hose to  effectively clean your jute rug.

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Step 4: flush out your jute rug

After you’ve washed your jute rug, use a hose with strong jets of water to flush out the soap and dirt. Make sure the water is strong enough to move the carpeting but not strong enough to bend it. This step should  effectively clean your jute rug without causing further damage.

Step 5: vacuum your jute rug again

Once you’ve washed your jute rug, it’s a good idea to vacuum it again to remove any particles that were released during the washing process. This will ensure that your carpeting is clean, wrinkle-free, and free of dirt and debris.

Step 6: treat areas with stain protection

If there are any areas on your jute rug with stain protection, now is the time to apply it. Treat any stains immediately to prevent them from setting and becoming permanent.

Step 7: treat areas with odor protection

If your jute rug has mildew smell, treat areas with odor protection now.

Step 8: place moisture-protecting barrier underneath your jute rug

To help prevent future moisture damage, purchase a moisture-protecting barrier that’s designed for flooring. Cut the sheet into the size of your jute rug and then place it over the carpeting. This protective layer will effectively clean your jute rug and keep future stains at bay.

Dry cleaning a jute rug

Dry cleaning your indoor or outdoor carpet is one of the best ways to deep clean a jute rug and remove dirt and grime that has penetrated into the fibers of the rug. To dry-clean your jute rug, start by reading the instructions on the rug cleaning product to ensure that it is safe to use on a jute rug. Many commercial and do-it-yourself rug cleaner solutions are made for wool rugs but may not be safe for jute rugs. 

1. Put your jute rug outside in the sun

The sun’s UV rays will help bleach out any stains and dye in your jute rug and refresh its color. Putting your jute rug out to dry in the sun also reduces some allergens present in your carpet and makes it smell fresh. Putting your jute rug out to dry in the sun is one of the easiest ways to add years to its life and look.

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2. Put down carpet runners

Avoid putting new dirt and debris into your clean jute rug by keeping it covered when in use with runners. Wooden, tile, or other style carpet runners will keep your rug from getting more dirt and debris on it and make it easier to clean your other carpet when festivities are over.

3. Put up barriers

If there is dirt or debris in particular areas of your jute rug, such as in front of the door where sand and grit frequently drop, put up barriers so that it is avoided when dry-cleaning your jute rug or vacuuming your carpet. Barriers made of tape, paper, and plastic can all be useful in keeping the cleaning agents in the rug cleaner and the dirt away from your floors.

4. Remove furniture

Moving your furniture off your jute rug and putting down barriers will make it easier to clean your carpet without worrying about accidentally moving the furniture and ruining your efforts. It also gives you a safe place to put items like bottles that you use while cooking holiday meals. Putting your furniture and other items on a different flooring surface while you deep clean your jute rug is the best way to ensure that you do not miss any spots in your carpet cleaning endeavor and that you do not accidentally stain or damage your furniture.

5. Use carpet tape

You can make a DIY tool for deep cleaning your jute rug by using scrap carpet and carpet tape. Making a tool to scrub your rug is as easy as cutting the carpet into a shape that fits the base of the tool, around 4 inches. Then tack the carpet to the fabric of your jute rug with the carpet tape. The stiffness of the carpet will make it easier to scrub your rug, and the material you use to deep clean your jute rug will be thrown off when you flip the tool over to scrub the other side. Scrubbing your rug like this will allow you to get in corners and along edges that you might otherwise miss.

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Get a professional deep clean of your jute rug

If you find that the tasks above are too time-consuming or too much of a hassle, you can book an appointment with a professional carpet cleaning company to deep clean your jute rug. Professionals will have the tools and know-how to get your rug clean in a short amount of time. They will also be able to identify spots and stains that you might have missed, protect your carpet from stains in the future, and make it more hygienic by removing dirt, germs, and bacteria.

The benefits of deep cleaning your jute rug…

Deeper cleaning your jute rug than just a surface sweep or quick vacuuming not only makes your indoor outdoor carpet look cleaner and last longer but also has health benefits. Dust mites, allergen causing pest that can trigger asthma and other respiratory issues, are found in high quantities generally in indoor carpets. By deep cleaning your jute rug, you remove the mites and the other dirt and debris that contributes to the overall health of your family.

Also, by ensuring that your rug is clean and free of stains and spots, you can guarantee that your rug looks as good as new, and save money by not needing to replace it prematurely.

Finally, a clean carpet makes for a safer environment for children and pets, reducing the chances of tripping or falling on the carpet. 

If you’ve been putting off deep cleaning your jute rug, now is the time to start. These five easy steps will have your rug looking brand new in no time. Or, if the thought of taking on a bigger chore, book an appointment with a professional carpet cleaning company. They will take care of everything for you.