Take care of sisal rug stains immediately.

How to Get Stains Out of Sisal Rugs

by Heather Montgomery

Sisal rugs are natural fiber rugs that complement tropical and rustic decor. With children running around your home, guests, pets and regular everyday life, stains on your rugs are inevitable. Since sisal is a natural fiber, these rugs are susceptible to damage from stains and moisture. When your rugs get soiled, you should remove the stains as quickly as possible and clean them using the driest method possible.

Scrape any remaining debris from the carpet with a butter knife and discard.

Blot the stain with a clean, absorbent rag until the rag is saturated. Continue blotting -- do not rub the stain; you will push the stain into the fibers -- with a clean rag until the rag comes away dry.

Mix the dry carpet-cleaning kit according to package directions. Depending on the kit you choose, you might use a dry powder mixed with a cleaning solution or a liquid solution that you spray onto the carpet. Apply the dry carpet cleaning solution and blot or vacuum the remnants from the carpet.

Sprinkle talc or another absorbent powder onto the stain and allow the powder to sit for five to 10 minutes to absorb the moisture from the carpet. Vacuum up the remnants of the powder and repeat until the powder no longer absorbs any moisture.

Mix a cleaning solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water or 1 tsp. of ammonia mixed with ½ cup of water as a cleaning solution. Spray the solution onto the rug lightly and wait five to 10 minutes. Blot dry with a clean rag and rinse with a rag dampened with water; then blot dry again.

Remove nail polish and glue stains with a rag dampened with acetone.

Items you will need

  • Butter knife
  • Absorbent rag
  • Dry carpet-cleaning kit
  • Talc
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottle
  • Acetone


  • Clean from the inside edge of the stain toward the outside to prevent spreading.
  • Never saturate the stain; spray only enough solution to dampen the spot.
  • Test the stain removal solution on the underside of the rug to ensure the solution will not remove the color or damage your rug.
  • If you spill water on your rug, blot dry and use a hair dryer to speed the drying process.


  • Use caution when using chemicals to remove stains with children in the home.
  • Remove the stain when your children do not have access to the area in which you are working and where you have proper ventilation.
  • When using acetone, wear chemical-resistant gloves, goggles and a mask.
  • Dispose of the rags or towels in a sealable metal container filled with dirt, sand or water.
  • Use acetone sparingly; open windows or bring the rug outdoors to clean it to allow for proper ventilation.
  • Never allow children in the same room or area as the acetone.
  • Keep flame, sparks and flammable materials away from the acetone at all times, and store the unused acetone in a sealed container out of the reach of children.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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