How to a Clean Seagrass Rug

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Seagrass is typically harvested from saltwater marshes in Asia and made into beautiful rugs that demand less maintenance. However, dust and dirt may creep into their fine crevices and weavings if regular cleaning is overlooked. Therefore, every once in a while, you have to clean it to keep it looking new. Don’t know how to clean a seagrass rug? We have you covered:

How To Clean A Seagrass Rug

These rugs are made with heavily woven fabric that can trap dust, dirt, and moisture. It can often lead to unsanitary conditions and smells. This guide highlights three fairly simple DIY methods to help you learn how to clean a seagrass rug.

Method #1: Spot Cleaning With Soap

Identifying pinpoint areas and just cleaning those can save you time, energy, and material. These reasons make spot cleaning our most favored option.

Step #1: Blot The Spill Right After It Happens

  1. Get a clean cloth, towel, or white paper.
  2. Firmly press it over the spill on your seagrass rug. 
  3. Keep the cloth or paper in the same spot until all the moisture is absorbed.
  4. Now, let the spill area dry up. 

Make it a habit to get rid of the spills immediately. It is a habit that will save a lot of effort in the further process. 

Step #2: Use A Mild Soap Solution 

A lot of spills vanish after drying. But, if a stain is visible on the rug:

  • Get a clean cloth and prepare a mixture of mild soap with water. 
  • Now, damp the cloth in the solution. 
  • Gently clean the stained area with it. Tap the cloth and don’t rub it.
  • See if it vanishes or not. 
  • If it vanishes, you will have to immediately dry the area under the fan or with a hairdryer. 


Immediate drying is mandatory, irrespective of what solution you use on the seagrass rug stains. If you are using a cleaning solution, then consider removing its residues with a clean damp cloth before drying.

Step #3: Use A Dry Cleaning Solution (Optional)

It is yet another way of spot cleaning the seagrass rugs if you do not want to dampen them. Here’s how you use them:

  1. Shake the dry cleaner liquid and spread it over the stain.
  2. Brush the stained area while dry cleaning solution is spread over it. 
  3. Consider brushing through the rugs in all directions, vertical and horizontal. 
  4. After brushing, pour another layer of dry cleaning solution over the area. 
  5. Wait for the solution to dry completely. It may take up to a day.
  6. Once dry, use a vacuum cleaner to clean the solution thoroughly. 

This short video gives an in-depth look at this cleaning method.

Vinegar mixed with water used for cleaning seagrass rug

Method #2: Spot Cleaning With White Vinegar & Water

If you accidentally drop some food or spill some drink or find that a pet has urinated on the rug, you can use this emergency method to clean the rug.

Step #1: Blot The Spill

  1. Use white paper or a clean cloth towel.
  2. Blot the food or drink. Try and limit the spread of the spill as much as you can.
  3. Use multiple cloths or papers if the existing one is too wet. 

Step #2: Use The White Vinegar & Water Solution

  1. Take ¼ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of water. Mix it up to prepare a solution. 
  2. Use a clean towel to dip it in the solution and dab the stained area. 
  3. Make sure you damp the towel and don’t wet it excessively. 
  4. Dab it until you see the stain fading away. 
  5. Now, use a clean and dry towel to dry the area. 

Step #3: Use Rug Cleaner (Optional)

If you still see the stain or smell a bad odor from your seagrass rug, then use market cleaners for better cleaning. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Buy a rug cleaner suitable for your seagrass rugs. 
  • Use a clean cloth to apply it over the stained area. 
  • Dab it and gently tap to fade the stain. 
  • Now, use a clean cloth and dampen it with clean water. Dab it over the area to remove the residues of the cleaner. 
  • After cleaning is over, dry it immediately with a clean cloth, or use a hairdryer for the purpose.  

Method #3: Removing Mold With Bleach & Water

Moisture and dampness can often lead to mold on your seagrass rug as it is made of fairly organic material. In such cases, we recommend using bleach.

Step #1: Prepare The Mixture Of Bleach And Water

Here’s how you make a solution:

  1. Take a cup of chlorine bleach and put it in a bowl. 
  2. Now take 1400ml of water to dilute a cup of bleach in the same bowl. 
  3. Stir the mixture to dilute the bleach properly. 
Person holding a spray bottle

Step #2: Spray The Solution On The Rug

  1. Fill a spray bottle with bleach and water solution.
  2. Spray a thin coat over the moldy areas on the rug. 
  3. Keep the spray as light as possible. Ensure that the coating is even on all areas of the rug. 
  4. Let it dry for the next 10 minutes. 
  5. Use paper towels or a clean cloth to blot the seagrass rug. 
  6. Continue blotting until the seagrass rug is completely free from moisture. 
  7. Dry the rug immediately with the use of a hairdryer. It is to prevent bleach or moisture from soaking into the rug. 


While you spray the solution, make sure not to do it on the binding but only on the rug itself. Also, ensure that the bleach is diluted, as a direct application of strong bleach might discolor the carpet.

Seagrass rug under coffee table

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Water Exposure Damage Seagrass Rugs?

Yes, delicate seagrass fabric is damaged when exposed to too much water. You should place them in areas of your house that are free from moisture. Along with that, make sure that no one walks on it with wet feet all the time. It will shorten the life of your seagrass rug. 

Can I Vacuum My Seagrass Rug Regularly?

Yes, vacuuming the rug regularly is one of the best ways of keeping it looking new. It is a basic household chore that you can carry out on your seagrass rugs. So, never let dirt and dust settle on the rug, and keep it appealing over time. 


Now you are well-versed with all the important methods and ways of cleaning your seagrass rug. By now, you must have understood that immediately clearing out the stains from your rugs will help you maintain their longevity.

Keeping a box of tissues somewhere close to the rug is a good strategy you can implement to keep staining to a minimum.