Seagrass is increasingly popular as a natural fiber used in carpets and rugs. Just as it sounds, seagrass is the collective name of a group of plants that grows best in the ocean or any other salinated, standing bodies of water. This makes it a common choice for people who favor natural materials in their flooring and furniture. However, its uniqueness does give it some needs that you'll have to know about.
Things You Should Know When Considering Seasgrass Carpet
Seagrass is an attractive material
Seagrass is usually available in neutral colors that can match most preferred décor. It tends to be most popular for hallways, staircases and narrow rooms that allow for installation without many obvious seams. It tends to be softer under the feet than many other natural fibers like sisal, which makes it popular with households whose members dislike the idea of a harsh carpeting material
Seagrass is pretty easy to clean
The hard fibers of seagrass make it difficult for dirt and debris to cling to the rug or carpet, so it's pretty easy to sweep up. While it's often advertised as being water-resistant, keep in mind that it's still an organic flooring material that can deteriorate if liquid and moisture problems are neglected. Spills and stains should naturally be removed as soon as possible to avoid staining, discoloration and possible permanent damage to the seagrass. Common causes of stains like red wine can be more easily removed with club soda if you can get to it right away. If not, use a mild soap and a slightly damp rag to clean up the spill as much as possible. If it needs a good deep cleaning, use a dry cleaning method instead of wet shampooing or steam cleaning it because the moisture can damage the seagrass.
Seagrass has some mild antibacterial properties and doesn't collect allergens
The same qualities that make seagrass capable of resisting clinging dirt and debris make it possible to more easily sweep up dust, pet fur and grime that might work its way down into the carpet and provide fodder for bacterial growths. If you vacuum regularly and clean up spills and accidents as quickly as possible, you should not have a problem with bacteria and allergens on a seagrass floor.
Seagrass can be a cost effective flooring if you want 100% natural materials
Natural hardwood is a favorite flooring for people who like the idea of using mostly natural materials in their flooring, but it can get expensive. Seagrass is less expensive mostly because it's a type of plant that grows very quickly and is actually just as attractive as hardwood.
Seagrass is not very difficult to install, but has unique needs
It's usually recommended to use a gluing method to install seagrass carpeting. Be sure to install it on a subfloor that has been prepared for the needs of seagrass. Some substrates, like concrete, may not be suitable for seagrass carpeting, so be sure to ask an expert if you’re not sure your subfloor is suitable. Try not to stretch seagrass carpeting if at all possible, because it can weaken or damage the fibers.
Be aware of the ecological implications of using seagrass
Most seagrass that is used for carpeting was grown in marshes and paddies that were flooded with seawater and is fully biogradable. The method of farming seagrass for carpeting is relatively eco-friendly, but be sure to ask the manufacturer of the carpet about sourcing information to ensure that the seagrass has not been poached from wild habitats, where it is vital for the protection of ecosystems.
Seagrass is not suitable for outdoor applications
While seagrass is a relatively durable carpeting option, exposure to the elements can cause it to deteriorate rapidly. It might do all right as a rug if you remember to bring the rug in when the weather is about to turn foul, but a permanent carpet will suffer a reduced lifespan if installed outside.
If you're considering seagrass carpeting, you probably like the idea of having an attractive carpet that uses 100% natural fiber. It can be ecologically friendly if grown and harvested property, it is available in a variety of species and neutral colors that goes good with most décor, and it is easy to take care of. We tend to recommend it for areas of your house that aren't very wide, but it makes a good option for any part of your house where you want a neutral color and 100% natural materials in your flooring but don't want the higher price of a natural hardwood floor.