Recommended Care And Cleaning For Natural Fiber Floor Coverings Sisal – Coir – Seaqrass – Wool – Mountaingrass

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Visible and Loose Dirt should be regularly picked up with a broom or vacuum cleaner. Easily cleaned, because dirt will not cling to the hard, non-static fibers. Regular cleaning is necessary because loose particles of dirt reduce the life span of the floor covering with their scouring effect.

Water can dissolve dirt particles and bring them to the surface. This may cause watermarks to form. Therefore spilled water or water from plant containers must be dabbed immediately with an absorbent white cloth and then dried with a hair blow dryer.

Spills that are still moist are the easiest to remove. Remove the spills promptly by scraping up solids and blotting liquids. Follow by dabbing with a damp cloth of water (add white vinegar to the cloth to cut grease). Dry with a cloth or hair blow dryer.

SPOT REMOVAL AND OVERALL CLEANING

It is important during cleaning that the amount of moisture be controlled. The recommended method of spot removal and overall cleaning are with the dry cleaning products. For spot removal we recommend K2R (available in hardware or grocery stores), following the directions on the can. For overall cleaning we recommend the “Host System”.

Use the following natural fiber directions:

Use a cleaning machine with standard brushes and do not use prep or other liquid. Apply a smaller amount of dry cleaning powder “sponges” than you would for regular carpets and do more brushing with the machine. Make sure the sponges are evenly spread across the floor covering, then let sink in until dry. This period can vary between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on how dirty the floor is, how thickly the sponges have been applied, and the humidity of the room. During the drying period, the cleaning substances contained in the sponges will cling to the dirt. When completely dry, vacuum with an upright, using an all brush agitator in both directions. Repeat a second time without using any additional sponges. Brushing in the direction of the rows will help loosen the sponges trapped in the surface.

Note:  The above procedures are guidelines.  Natural floor coverings can be difficult to clean. Sisal will be the most difficult.  Most stains will come out, but a watermark will remain.  An idea that many of our customers have tried is to wet THE ENTIRE RUG if you have a watermark.  This process will make the whole rug the color of the watermark.  Seagrass is the easiest to clean.  Seagrass is raised in the water and takes to cleaning and fluid procedures.

SPECIAL NOTE – DO NOT DRAG HEAVY FURNITURE ACROSS THE MATERIAL – THE FURNITURE CAN CATCH THE NATURAL WOVEN PRODUCT AND TEAR IT

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