Are you considering beautifying your home with an attractive and rustic-looking seagrass rug? Unlike rugs made from synthetic materials, seagrass rugs are made with organic materials and are a more responsible choice for the environment. If you are unfamiliar with this popular rug option and want to make a good purchasing decision, here are a few things you should know before buying.
Characteristics of Seagrass Rugs
When you think of rugs made from any type of grass, the words “rough” and “fragile” might come to mind. However, custom seagrass rugs don’t meet either definition! In fact, they are highly durable and can take a lot of normal use and abuse. They’re even recommended for high-traffic areas where other, less durable options might wear out too quickly. Here are a few additional characteristics you can expect from your seagrass custom area rugs:
- Subtle, natural sheen
- Smooth texture
- Waxy coating
- Water-resistant fibers
The natural waxy coating on the seagrass strands doesn’t attract dirt and other debris. In fact, it serves as a sort of repellant for dust, dirt and other pollutants. You can simply sweep or vacuum up any accumulated particles with ease (although extra care may need to be taken to remove dirt from deep between the grass strands). These rugs also naturally repel spills and show minimal stains or watermarks.
Seagrass area rugs are marvelously easy to maintain. In most cases, you can simply spot clean your rugs with a damp cloth. For more stubborn stains, use a damp cloth combined with a small amount of gentle soap and scrub the area until the stain is lifted. You can also vacuum your rug in different directions to get the maximum amount of accumulated dirt and dust out of the weaved sections. Follow the direction of the stitches when vacuuming near the bindings so you don’t pull the edging loose. Never attempt to shampoo or steam clean your seagrass rugs.
Custom seagrass rugs aren’t impervious to problems. In particular, if you live in an area with high humidity, it’s possible for the natural fibers to become moldy. Since mold is a health risk, it’s important to keep your rug clean and dry to avoid mildew and mold growth.
If you’re looking for a specific size or shape of rug, you may prefer to customize your rug instead of purchasing what’s readily available. Natural Area Rugs offers a variety of customization options so you get a rug that’s a perfect fit for the area you envision. For more information, contact us today at 1-800-661-7847.