Removing Liquid Spills on Sisal and Jute: A Guide by Katie on the Spot
Introduction: Welcome to Katie on the Spot, where we delve into the world of cellulose fibers such as sisal, seagrass, and jute. In this three-part series, we will explore the care and maintenance of these natural materials. Today, in Part One, we will focus on effectively dealing with water, urine, or any liquid spills on sisal and jute. Before we begin, don’t forget to like and subscribe to our channel. Let’s dive in!
- Act quickly to minimize damage:
When it comes to spills on natural materials like sisal and jute, time is of the essence. The faster you respond, the better the chances of preventing permanent damage. For instance, if water has been absorbed into the rug, you may notice dampness on the backside. Start by blotting the spill gently with a clean towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. If it’s a significant amount, consider stepping on the towel to aid absorption.
- Dealing with urine spills:
If the spill is urine, it’s important to dilute it and extract it promptly. Begin by using a damp towel to press into the affected area, which will help dilute the urine and remove some of it. It’s crucial to prevent the urine from becoming concentrated and causing unpleasant odors. Once you’re satisfied with the dilution, rinse out the towel and blot the area again. Be thorough to eliminate any remaining residue.
- Tackling other liquid spills:
For spills like coffee, wine, milk, or other substances, it’s essential to dilute them to avoid stickiness or lingering substances in your rug. Dampen a clean towel and rinse it out multiple times before blotting the affected area. This process ensures that the liquid is thoroughly diluted and removed from the rug fibers.
- The power of dry absorbent compounds:
To further aid in the removal of liquid spills and prevent cellulose browning, a dry absorbent compound can be highly effective. Think of it as dry shampoo for your hair, with a carrying agent. Shake the compound to combine it and then apply it over the spill area. The compound will initially appear light grayish and slightly gloopy. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to an hour, or as directed on the product. As the solvent dries and the powder absorbs the liquid, it will transform into a white powder-like substance. And yes you can purchase the best dry absorbent compound on the market at our store.
- Vacuuming and preventing cellulose browning:
Once the dry absorbent compound has turned into a white powder, it’s time to remove it from the rug. If the rug is small enough, take it outside and use a shop vac or any suction device to vacuum the powder. The benefit of using this powder is that as it absorbs the liquid from the rug, it helps prevent the cellulose browning that is often associated with sisal, seagrass, and jute materials when they dry unevenly.
Conclusion: By acting swiftly and following these steps, you can effectively remove liquid spills from sisal and jute rugs. Remember, the key is to address the spills as soon as possible to prevent any lasting damage. In Part Two and Three of this series, we will explore other essential aspects of caring for sisal, seagrass, and jute materials.