From How to Keep Your Natural Area Rugs Looking Green and Great
by Mike Dennis
There are many advantages to decorating your home using natural fiber area rugs. Not only do they look fantastic with virtually any décor style, they are non-toxic to the environment. Natural accent rugs made from sustainable plant fibers are hard-wearing, add to the comfort of your home by reducing noise and static electricity and are very economical.
Sisal rugs remain a top choice for those who want to support the earth by using all natural, sustainable products in the home. Along with remarkable flame resistant properties, sisal rugs come in a wide range of attractive weaves. The gorgeous textures and unique earthy colors of sisal rugs keep those who love the look and feel of natural fiber area rugs coming back for more.
One of the most cost-effective natural area rugs is the seagrass rug. Along with that attractive sheen and smooth surface, seagrass rugs are remarkably long lasting, making them a perfect floor covering solution for a busy household.
Although not as resilient, jute rugs are very inexpensive and can be dyed in a wide array of bold, lively colors. Jute rugs are so soft to walk on; you’ll want one in every room!
Bamboo rugs are made from highly sustainable bamboo and are exceptionally easy to care for. Simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth or mop. Bamboo rugs can be scratched, though so to prevent scratching add protective felt pads under chair and table legs.
Bamboo rugs, like many jute rugs, seagrass rugs and sisal rugs will fade if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods. Add life to your natural area rugs by keeping them out of direct sunlight and rotating them every few months, especially if portions of your rug are under furniture.