Difference between Sisal, Seagrass, Coir, Jute and Abaca
I have been in this business for a long time, and I would say that the great majority of our customers lump all of the natural plant fibers into one and refer to them all (sisal, seagrass, coir, jute and abaca) as just sisal. O.k., so they are all made from natural fiber, but they are all quite different. Coir is made from coconut husks. Seagrass is just as it sounds—grass from the sea or near the sea. Sisal is from the sisal plant and jute is from the jute plant. Sisal is by far the most popular plant fiber we sell. It comes in many stylish designs and takes die very well, so the colors are superb. Seagrass comes in a handful of designs and only in one color—green—which turns to brown over time. Seagrass is the least expensive of the plant fibers and is very popular with our designer clients. Coir is incredibly durable, but very rough underfoot and only comes in a few styles and colors. I usually recommend this weave for commercial use or residential customers who want something “bullet proof.” Jute is the softest of our natural plant fibers. Most of the jute rugs we carry are very chunky, almost handwoven looking. Jute is quite durable but not as durable as sisal or coir. Abaca is from the abaca plant. The abaca rugs are very stiff and chunky.
Sisal and Seagrass Maintenance and Cleaning
Both sisal and seagrass carpets are hygroscopic. That is, they absorb moisture and give off moisture, depending on the relative humidity in their immediate environment. Although humidity is good for natural fiber carpets, saturation of the fibers with water can cause undesirable dimensional change. (See above “Maintenance”.) Therefore, steam-cleaning, wet shampooing, or any other method that involves water saturation of the mattings is NOT recommended! For overall cleaning, spray-extraction method is recommended, using minimum moisture setting on the machine. Here the cleaning liquid is applied by pressure and removed by vacuuming in the same working cycle. Application should be continuous, keeping the application moving to prevent excess moisture in any spot. Note that complete moisture extraction is not possible. The moisture penetrates the fibers and the coarse structure causes the absorption of air. No water marks are visible with this method due to the even application of moisture. If the carpet has been glued down, it should be determined that the adhesive is not water soluble before applying moisture.
Sisal rugs, popular for their durability, strength, and beauty, are great natural alternatives to synthetic rugs. The Sisal fiber comes from the leaves of the Agave Sisalana plant, and is harvested for the production of chord, rope, and twine. Originating among the ancient Mesoamerican cultures, Sisal is increasingly popular with interior designers today.
Sisal-What Is The Softest Weave Underfoot?
Gathering information from our customers is the best way to learn about what they are looking for and how we can help. It’s oftentimes that they don’t necessarily want a sisal rug, but a natural looking rug. We can then offer them many comparable options. We like to suggest our jute or wool weaves such as Barbados or Gillingham. Jute and wool are quite a bit softer than 100% sisal because they are organically softer fibers. They still have a comparably natural look. Sisal comes from the agave plant which produces a much stiffer, coarser fiber from its leaves. It’s what makes its durability stand out, but the feel is much coarser.
Drying Carpet After Water Damage: 9 Steps to Drying Wet Carpeting After A Water Leak or Another Type of Water Damage
A water leak can leave your carpet a soggy mess for days. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to dry wet carpeting quickly to prevent damage to sub-flooring and walls, as well as limit the potential for mold. Depending on the extent of the damage, drying carpeting after water damage is something you can do on your own. The longer you wait to begin cleanup, the greater the risk of mold and lower the chances of completely restoring your carpeting.
1. Add cold water and blot 2. Mild detergent solution 3. Methylated mineral spirits or turpentine 4. Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum 5. Warm water 6. Clean nail polish remover (preferably acetone) 7. Isopropyl alcohol 8. Rust remover 9. Absorbent powder (e.g., salt, talc)10. Absorbent cleaner (Host Dry Cleaning Kit)
Nothing can guarantee complete removal of any stain, but the methods to deal with common spills and stains below will offer you the best chance at saving your rug. Use the mixtures and combinations described in the key at the bottom of the page according to the spill type listed in the chart. Always place solutions in a spray bottle and mist lightly onto the soiled spot - using the minimum amount of liquid.
Carpet Water Damage Mold
You can hire a professional to handle the entire task if you want, but even if you decide to try doing the job yourself we recommend you consult with a licensed mold remediation contractor. A professional will give you a free assessment, recommendations, and valuable advice along with their estimate. They may also find some additional mold you didn’t even know was in your home. You can follow this link to get a list of local Mold Removal Specialists in your area.