Cleaning Your Jute Rug The Right Way

What Is Jute? Jute is the name of the plant or fibre used to make burlap, hessian or gunny cloth. Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibres, and second only to cotton in the amount produced.

Another benefit of jute? It’s relatively easy to maintain. Dirt doesn’t cling to jute’s hard fibres — it rests loosely on the weave. Today, however, there seems to be a “jute renaissance.” Jute has become one of the more widespread fibres in the rug world.

When properly cared for, jute rugs will last you a long time. If you’re wondering how to clean jute rugs, keep reading for our top tips and tricks.

So if you have been sitting on the fence about getting a jute doormat or a jute floor rug, then you should know that jute is a stylish, durable, all-natural material. Jute rugs can help take any setting to the next level, whether it’s the bedroom or living room in your home. Freshen up any space with a jute rug or floor mat.

One of the concerns about jute is how do you actually keep it clean. Obviously, in the long run, jute rugs suffer from wear and tear and can become stained, or discoloured; and so you may need to know how to clean them properly with care. Cleaning a jute rug is different from maintaining a synthetic or wool rug but can be done with proper care.

The tools and supplies needed for cleaning a jute rug are simple. All you need are:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • White microfiber cloth
  • Rug beater or broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dry carpet shampoo or baking soda

We do however advise that, if the rug is heavily soiled, having it professionally dry cleaned in the best course of action.

Let’s get started

  • Shake or Beat: Take the area rug outdoors and give it a good shake. Jute has an open weave and most of the dirt will be underneath the rug. Giving it a good shake gets rid of dirt and dust that’s embedded into the fibres. Hang it over a railing or a couple of solid chairs and give it a good beating.
  • Hang It: Let the rug hang outdoors in the sun for a bit. The sun is a natural and effective deodorizer. Letting the rug soak up some rays for a short time will help kill bacteria and mites.
  • Vacuum: Set an upright vacuum to the lowest suction setting and disengage the beater bars. Carefully vacuum the rug in the direction that the fibres are woven.
  • Dry bath: Using liquids on a jute rug can cause discolouration and should be only limited to spot cleaning. Instead, use a dry rug shampoo or baking soda. Sprinkle the dry shampoo on the rug and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Vacuum up the dry shampoo and flip the rug over to repeat on the other side.


To keep your jute rug in optimal shape, you always have to blot clean jute rug stains as soon as they happen. You can easily blot moisture away from the area rug as soon as stains or spills occur. Never rub stains as they can cause unnecessary frays on the natural fibres of the rug.

Start by immediately pressing a clean white towel or cloth on the spillage and then gently patting outward, then move inward. Make it a point to blot the stain with your towel until it can no longer absorb any more moisture.

Vacuum the rug regularly to get rid of any dust, dirt, or debris that may have settled on the rug. Make sure you use the nozzle with the suction attachment instead of the beater brush to avoid damaging its natural fibres.

Now that you know that’s it’s not difficult to care for a jute rug, it’s time to buy yourself one, The Skyy collection has beautiful jute doormats as well as floor rugs. They come in different colours, shapes and sizes – pick one that suits your home.