What is the best way to clean a sisal rug to remove stains from it?

Virginia Smith
by Virginia Smith
I would use water and soap but I don´t know wheter sisal rugs shrink with water. Some stains are from spilling drinks, some others were produced by pets.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 23, 2017

    You need an organic cleaner from the pet store. These clean up anything organic, such as the spilled drinks and pet stains. Get one that is safe for a sisal rug.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 24, 2017

      Okay, so the next best thing I can think of to use would be lemon juice or vinegar with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Make a paste with the baking soda and water to clean the spots. Let it sit for a little while then spray on lemon juice or vinegar. It will bubble. Leave it until it stops. You will have to run clean water through it to rinse the mixture away. Let it dry in the sun. Good luck!

  • GoddessOdd GoddessOdd on Oct 23, 2017

    How big is the rug, and what kind of drinks. Red wine might be permanent, but other drinks (except those with milk or whipped cream) might come out with just a little vinegar mixed with water. If the rug is small enough to carry outside, lay it on the driveway and use the hose to rinse clean. I get pet stains out with enzymatic cleaners that you can buy in stores or online. Before you do anything, test an area to make sure the rug can handle being wet. If the rug is already compromised, I would try, in this order: plain water, then water with a little white vinegar (especially on pet stains). Then I would try a little commercial carpet cleaner diluted in in water. Let the rug dry in between and see if you notice a difference. If not, I would try water with some oxygen bleach powder well dissolved in it, then water with a little chlorine bleach. (this last one may well make the situation worse, so test small areas). Good luck

    • Virginia Smith Virginia Smith on Oct 23, 2017

      It´s a 5´ by 7´ rug so I can take it outside easily. I´ll try the water with vinegar and some oxygen bleach. You were very helpful. Thanks so much.

  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 23, 2017

    I recommend sprinkling on some Baking Soda. Then make a solution with Hydrogen Peroxide and a couple drops of dish soap. Let it set a while then blot it back up with rags. This process should work on your sisal rug just fine.