The Natural Carpet Choice: Seagrass
When it comes to carpeting, many homeowners are opting for natural materials not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their eco-friendly qualities. A popular choice in the world of natural carpets is seagrass carpeting. These natural materials bring a touch of nature into your home, but they also come with their unique benefits and potential issues. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages and challenges of seagrass and natural carpets and offer some tips on how to tackle and prevent common problems.
Advantages of Seagrass Carpets
Seagrass carpets boast a plethora of benefits that make them a popular choice for homeowners seeking a natural and stylish flooring option. Their natural colour, derived from the seagrass plant, exudes an earthy charm, blending seamlessly with a variety of interior designs. Not only are they visually appealing, but they are also hardwearing, making them the ideal choice for most domestic locations. Seagrass carpets come in various woven designs, allowing homeowners to select a pattern that suits their individual taste. Moreover, their natural fibres naturally resist stains, giving you that little bit extra piece of mind. Furthermore, these carpets are anti-static, and their latex backing prevents dust and dirt build-up below the carpet adding to the easy maintenance of seagrass flooring.
Seagrass Carpet Problems
Due to the nature of the natural fibres used for seagrass carpets and other natural carpeting options, it is possible if installed in areas of high humidity or dampness such as in bathrooms, then mould or mildew may form on the surface of the carpet. Think carefully about the area which you plan to install seagrass carpeting and the impact this environment may have on this installed flooring. In the eventuality you do experience mould on your seagrass carpet, usually it can be simply brushed off when dry. In some rare cases you can treat the mould with a mild sterilising solution but we would recommend you speak to natural flooring specialist before treating the floor to prevent damage to the flooring. Contact us at Floor Factory for advice on your floor.
Seagrass Flooring Yarn Variations
We feel that the natural variations in yarn, weave and colour that comes with natural carpet options are what gives this flooring its special character and charm. Therefore, please be aware that your actual flooring may differ from provided samples and each installation is a unique product. Natural fibres may also naturally lighten over time.
Spills and Staining on Seagrass Carpets
It’s impossible to prevent spills taking place on your flooring so it is important to know how to deal with them when they occur. Seagrass is fortunately a naturally stain resistant product but if a lot of moisture is introduced in the spillage removal, it can introduce bigger problems along the line like mould. Also, vigorous cleaning methods can damage the pile, and use of general household cleaning products can damage the backing, cause colour bleeding and rapid re-soiling.
Tackle spills straight away as delaying increases the risk of staining. Depending on the nature of the spill, dab the spillage with an absorbent material to remove excess liquid, then treat with an appropriate cleaning kit. Specialised cleaning kits for natural flooring types are available, Floor Factory would be happy to advise you further.
Seagrass flooring is especially hardwearing but is still susceptible to high volumes of traffic and repeated wear. To keep your natural carpet as perfect as possible we recommend using barrier mats to protect areas of frequent traffic and near doorways to prevent dirt build up on the surface of the carpet. Also, we recommend avoiding using vacuums with beater bars which can continually irritate the surface of the flooring, opting for suction only vacuums instead.
How to Keep Your Seagrass Floor Beautiful with Daily Care and Maintenance
Overall, seagrass carpets are low maintenance and with this regular care you can keep your natural carpet looking as good as new! Aim to vacuum your flooring at least once a week with a suction only vacuum. This prevents the build-up of dirt embedding into the carpet and becoming a much bigger issue. Clean any spillages straight away using a specialist cleaning kit rather than water and household general cleaners. You may also want to consider opting to add a treatment to your seagrass carpet before despatch to increase durability. Talk to a trained installer, like Floor Factory about your flooring options and what is best for your home.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about seagrass carpets, their advantages and how to deal with and fix any seagrass carpet problems. We are confident that a natural carpet will add touch of nature to your living space, making it both stylish and sustainable. To read more about natural flooring, caring for your floor or to talk about what flooring is the right choice for your home, contact our friendly team at Floor Factory today or visit our showroom.