Sisal Rugs: Everything You Need to Know

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Rugs come in a variety of shapes, styles, sizes, colors, and materials to meet your cost and design needs. Sisal rugs are one type of rug to consider when looking for a new rug to add to your home. Sisal rugs are made of natural fibers for those who want to create an organic feel for their home.

Sisal rugs are also very durable and versatile. They’re cheaper than other rugs, easy to clean, and can be placed in any room. These characteristics make them unique. Here is everything you need to know about sisal rugs.

What is Sisal?

What is Sisal
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Sisal is a natural fiber made from a tropical plant, specifically, Agave Sisalana. When harvested and processed, the sisal fibers from these plants can be up to three feet long. The plant’s leaves are harvested by hand, and the fibers are dried in the sun. For a natural fiber, sisal lasts a long time and is very durable. Sisal fibers are strong enough to be used for twine and rope.

The textured look of Sisal rugs makes it a favorite of interior designers and homeowners. Sisal rugs are also a great choice for those who want to be more environmentally friendly because they’re made from sustainable materials. For those who like Sisal, but want a softer rug, sisal wool rugs are an option. These rugs are constructed from both sisal and wool. This improves both the rug’s softness and durability.

How Durable Are Sisal Rugs?

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Sisal rugs are very durable. This durability is so apparent that sisal has been used as an environmentally friendly replacement for man-made materials in industrial manufacturing. They’re a great choice rug if you have pets or small children in your household. With the right care, these rugs can last a long time.

High traffic areas like hallways or mudrooms are a great location for sisal rugs because of their durability and relatively low cost. Despite its durability, Sisal rugs are not ideal for outdoor areas because they’re vulnerable to moisture. For this reason, avoid placing a sisal rug in a basement.

Where to Place A Sisal Rugs

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Sisal rugs can be used in just about any room to add a touch of nature. Because sisal rugs are made of natural materials, they have an outdoorsy look to them. A nautical mudroom or kitchen would look great with a sisal rug. The natural golden brown color of the rug helps to create a beachy vibe.

For most people, sisal is not a great material to use in a bedroom or living room because it can be quite rough to the touch. Compared to wool, nylon, or silk, sisal rugs are much less comfortable on bare feet. While some may prefer a rougher feel, most people will want to opt for a softer rug material.

How Much Do Sisal Rugs Cost?

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For those looking for a less expensive but still natural rug, sisal is the way to go. Because sisal is such an inexpensive raw material to produce, sisal rugs are very affordable. Not only are these rugs cost-effective, but they will last longer than other materials at the same price point. Depending on the size, weave, and other added materials, sisal rugs cost anywhere from $25 up to a little over $1,000.

If price is a major concern, start off with a small 2’x3′ rug in your kitchen or bathroom. Even the addition of a small accent rug can significantly improve your space. Keep your home looking natural and environmentally friendly at low costs with sisal rugs all over the house!

How To Clean Sisal Rugs

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Another great thing about sisal is that these rugs are easy to clean. There are several options. If your rug is small enough to carry, take it outside from time to time and shake out all the dirt and dust that has accumulated. Vacuum any remaining dirt, just remember to take the beater bar out before vacuuming.

Do not get your sisal rug wet, since it naturally absorbs moisture that will compromise the fibers. If you notice any stains or spills on your sisal rug, spot clean it as soon as possible before the stain sets in. Get as much of the moisture out of wet spills with a paper towel or cloth, then spot clean the area with a carpet cleaner and lukewarm water. Dry the area with a hairdryer, and your sisal rug should be as good as new!

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