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A plant fiber floor

A plant fiber floor

Formerly disdainfully called "doormat" or "rope carpet", the coverings or carpets made of vegetable fibers have been making a resounding return in recent years.

Coconut

It is the best known, which even serves as a generic term when we do not know how to differentiate the other fibers ... It looks slightly hairy and is obtained from long-softened coconut husks. Very robust, it is used especially on stairs. It is easily dyed but it is a material that remains particularly sensitive to water and whose installation and maintenance require some precautions:
Absolutely avoid installing it in a damp place, bathroom in particular, but also any room whose rising damp of the grounds would damage it in the short term.
At the time of purchase, check that the coconut has undergone a stain treatment with a specific product; if not, have it made by the manufacturer or the dealer.

Good to know

The only drawback of this coating is the maintenance! Coarse weaving retains crumbs and dust. Even if the vacuum cleaner is effective, the brush crushes and damages the fibers, quickly polishing them. For animal hair… Use a brush on which you will wrap a wide strip of adhesive. In a single pass, your coconut will be very clean.

Sisal

It is the most beautiful and pleasant plant fiber. Soft to the touch, sisal rugs and carpets are made with the long leaves of a kind of cactus from subtropical countries: Agave sisalana. Its long fibers allow a dense weaving, with little pronounced relief, where the dust does not encrust. If it remains fragile in the face of damp stains, for which dry spot cleaning should be favored (powder shampoo then vacuuming), its regular maintenance is simple.

Seagrass

With its coarser weaving, it is the most rustic but also the most resistant of plant fibers. Growing its feet in the water, it is called sea grass by the English. Aquatic plant of the grass family, seagrass is therefore insensitive to moisture, does not tint, but is particularly suitable for kitchen, bathroom and, given its robustness, from the veranda. Very resistant and easy to clean with water, it does not like rooms that are too dry or too sunny and needs to be humidified regularly, at least once a month, over its entire surface using a mop to that its fibers retain their elasticity and their shine.

Jute

It was used since the 17th century to make sacks of potatoes or as protection for the underside of carpets ... Until one day a manufacturer decided to use this annual tropical plant from the Tiliaceae family called Corchorus as a coating for full-fledged. It remains relatively fragile, fears humidity but dyes remarkably well. Easy to maintain, it can take place, in the form of a carpet, in a bedroom or a dining room after receiving a stain treatment. "Know how to do everything - home decor" © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006