Wall to wall carpets are not as popular as they once were. Consumers are choosing more and more hardwood flooring and seeking a healthier alternative for their kids and pets. This transition has moved from a trend to mainstream, however; people still like to have something soft under their feet. Area rugs and sisal-flooring options can provide comfort, as well as reduce dust and allergens from floating in the air.
What is a Sisal Rug?
Sisal rugs are made from a natural fiber called sisal, which comes from the agave sisilana cactus plant leaves, mostly growing in Africa and Brazil. The fibers can be up to three feet long and is stronger than most other natural fibers. This fiber was commonly used to make rope and twine before it was introduced to the world of sisal rugs. In addition to its durability, a sisal carpet is also a healthy choice for flooring, non-toxic and the material resists static.
Sisal is very popular second to cotton, which is the only natural fiber that is produced more than sisal. This is partly dues the plant’s hearty nature. In most cases, very few if any pesticides or herbicides are required to help it grow. Unlike some synthetic carpets, it will not give off gaseous or fumes that can compromise the air quality in the home.
Cleaning a Sisal Rug or Carpet
Area rugs act like an air filter. Like any filter, there comes a time when a sisal carpet needs to be cleaned. For basic everyday maintenance, most people resort to vacuuming their sisal area rug. It is not recommended that the owners of these rugs attempt to shampoo or steam clean these rugs or carpets on their own. Although it will maintain a healthy level of humidity in normal conditions, it becomes much less healthy if the fibers are allowed to remain wet for too long of a period of time. Residential steam cleaning with its inadequate drying capability damages the fibers as moisture must be removed and the rug dried very quickly. Prolonged moisture can also lead to growth of mold and mildew, making sisal carpet not suitable for places with higher humidity, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
While vacuuming with the best machine available to you is the first step to cleaning a sisal rug, the time eventually comes when it will need to be professionally cleaned. When this is done, it is important that the owner of the rug be very particular when it comes to which professional to trust with the task of getting the rug clean.
Choosing a Professional Rug Cleaner for Your Sisal Rug
Since sisal is such an environmentally friendly material, it would be counterproductive and arguably, a shame to take the sisal area rug into a carpet cleaner that uses harsh chemicals in the cleaning process. Often perfumes are used to mask odors they could not remove, which can cause health problems in your home.
What is best is to find a company that specializes and regularly cleans sisal rugs without the use of harsh chemicals, removes the moisture and dries the sisal rug quickly to assure no mold and bacteria can grow in its fibers.
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