Sisal rugs are extremely robust, affordable, and somewhat stain resistant. These natural fiber rugs are used by themselves or as a backdrop to display a smaller more colorful rug, as shown in this display by One King’s Lane. The decorating options are endless, and their semi-casual look has a place in many settings.
What Is A Sisal Rugs?
Sisal rugs are made from fibers harvested from the leaves of the Agave Sisalana Cactus. The plant is indigenous to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; however, today most commercial sisal is grown in Brazil, China and parts of Africa.
Sisal has long been farmed for its internal, tensile fibers that people make into rope and twine. The fiber is usually obtained by machine decortication in which the leaf is crushed between rollers. The resulting pulp is scraped from the fiber, and the fiber is washed and then dried by mechanical or natural means. Nowadays, a popular usage for this twine is woven carpeting. Sisal has many other uses, including paper, cloth, and wall coverings.
Benefits of Sisal Rugs
Sisal is an eco-friendly fiber made from organic plant matter, and completely biodegradable. Its products can be recycled and turned into paper before they are discarded. Sisal’s coarsematerial is often blended with the natural fiber wool to make it softer. Hence the term “wool sisal rugs,” which is used to differentiate those carpets from plain Sisal rugs.
Many sisal rugs are manufactured with latex backing or bindings made from wool, canvas, cotton and other materials. They can be slippery, so backing and borders help keep them in place.
Things to Consider When Buying a Sisal Rug
Sisal rugs are not suitable for exterior use or for flooring in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens. When sisal fibers absorb water from the air, or are exposed to water, they expand and deform. Damp sisal creates the perfect environment for mildew and bacterial growth.
Who Can Clean Your Sisal Rugs?
Natural fiber rugs, such as Sisal, Jute, Seagrass and Bamboo are a different category and cannot be cleaned and treated like typical wool rugs. In fact, traditional rug cleaning services are totally inept at dealing with these new fibers. The problem lies in centuries-old practices that have not kept up with technology, nor planned for new materials such as those in natural fiber rugs.
RevitaRUGS proprietary systems, techniques and procedures were developed to address these specific fibers, as well as dramatically improve the cleaning methods of traditional wool and silk rugs.
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