How to Care for Coir, Sisal and Seagrass Carpets

Coir, Sisal & Seagrass carpets are extremely tough compared to conventional carpets. The hard, natural vegetable fibres are quite resistant to dirt and grit. Abrasion is much less and if properly cared for they will last many years. They do, however, come at a premium price and do not tolerate excessive moisture and spills. Stains can be very hard to remove.


A vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush is necessary. Regular vacuuming is all that is really needed. A clean, medium stiff, hand brush can also help dislodge grit, sand and soil before vacuuming. If the flooring is starting to look grubby then one can use a neutral PH carpet cleaning solution. A fine spray of the solution, in a uniformed manner, can be applied and mopped away with a slightly damp mop or cloth. If you do not have a neutral PH cleaning solution then try plain water. Always use an undyed cloth or mop. If you happen to own a rotary cleaner then use a clean brush with the solution or water. Keep it low moisture. Allow to dry and then vacuum.

Spills and Stains

If you have an accident and spill solids then act immediately. Remove as much solid as possible and use a neutral PH carpet cleaning solution or water. Spray and blot. Spray and blot. Allow to dry. A hairdryer on warm heat can be used. Still stained? Try a dry cleaning fluid. Tetra and petroleum solvents may be used.

If you spill drinks and fluids then mop up as much as possible with kitchen roll or an undyed cloth. Try to clean the area as described above. You may need to experiment with water, carpet cleaning solution, and a dry cleaning solution on stubborn stains. Dry and repeat. If you cannot remove the stain then seek professional advice.

Hot Water Extraction for Coir, Sisal & Seagrass Carpet

Don’t do it. If a professional says they can do it then shut the door! Saturation of the fibres will damage the carpet and change the colour and shape forever. Hot water extraction (steam clean) is for conventional carpets. The wand cannot suck down on coir, sisal and seagrass carpets – due to the basket like weave. A low moisture or dry clean must be used instead. Unfortunately, in our experience, old stains are very hard to remove. Pet accidents will permanently damage the carpet, if not treated immediately, and even if treated staining and smell is likely. Best to avoid this type of flooring if you have a busy household with pets and kids. Avoid like the plague if you own a rental property!

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