How To Clean Jute Rugs

The jute rug is a go-with-everything natural fiber rug that is incredibly versatile and durable. Our Revival Jute Rugs come in every shape, size, and color you could ever want. Their finely woven design makes them ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and all the spaces in between that need a little something extra.

With proper, consistent care, jute rugs can last for years. In this guide, you’ll learn all the tips for how to clean and care for your jute rugs and which things to avoid.

General Care Tips: What is the Best Way to Clean a Jute Rug?

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuum your jute rug up to two times per month in order to remove dirt and grime. Anything more often than this isn’t necessary, as too much vacuuming can wear down the rug’s fibers over time. Don’t forget about the backside when vacuuming! If you have a suction attachment on your vacuum cleaner, even better. Use that instead of a rotary vacuum.

Professionally Hand-Washed Tips

It’s recommended that you get your jute rug professionally hand-washed every 3 to 5 years.

Hand-washing uses a pH-balanced shampoo that is gently worked into the rug with a soft-bristled brush. It is then rinsed thoroughly. These steps are repeated several times to make your jute rug look brand new.

Can I Wash A Jute Rug in the Washing Machine?

Unless your rugs have specific instructions stating it is a washable rug that can be placed in the washing machine, you should avoid this. Instead, consider getting your jute rug professionally hand-washed every few years or as needed.

Can You Get a Jute Rug Wet?

Too much water on a jute rug can cause the natural oils to harm your rug’s appearance. And as tempting as it is to put your jute rug outside, they are best for indoor use.

How To Clean Up Spills On Your Jute Rug

Made a mess on your jute rug? No worries! If the spill is non-oily and organic (such as wine) you can use a paper towel or cloth to blot the liquid. Add small amounts of water as needed and continue to blot several times until the stain is removed.

Whatever you do, never scrub the stain. Scrubbing will ruin the intricate fibers of your rug. If blotting with small amounts of water isn’t removing the stain, you can try using a diluted mild detergent (such as a dishwashing soap mixed with water). Add this mixture and blot, repeating several times.

If your spill is more oily in nature and pooling on the run, try using a spoon to scoop and remove the excess oil, followed by blotting and using small amounts of water to remove the stain.

If none of these methods work for you, your best bet is to take your rug to a professional to be hand-washed (ideally the day of the spill).

What To Avoid

Dry Cleaning

Never (ever) dry clean your jute rug. The chemicals are incredibly harsh on the rug’s materials and will result in a rug that is damaged beyond repair.

Rotary Vacuums

While vacuuming is good for your jute rug, avoid vacuums that contain rolling cylinder brushes at the bottom, known as beater bars. They tend to reduce the rug’s lifespan by pulling on the tightly-woven fibers of the rug.

Stain Cleaners

Similar to dry cleaning, stain cleaners contain chemicals that only damage your jute rug. For any difficult-to-remove stains, take your rug to a professional for it to be hand-washed.


Steaming your jute rug might sound like a good idea, but this should be avoided at all costs. Imagine taking all that dirt and grime within your rug and applying moisture to it - the result is a complete mess that cannot be fixed.

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