Living with Natural Floor Coverings

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it look good?

Sisal, wool, coir, seagrass and paper are all strong, long lasting fibres, but the way they are woven and blended in a particular style will affect how the product will wear and, to a great degree, the tightness of the weave will determine how heavy the traffic a particular floor covering will take, with tight weaves generally performing better in high wear areas such as hallways.

How does the sun affect floorcoverings?

Everything will be affected by the Australan sun - timber floors, sandstone steps, upholstery fabrics and, yes, woven floorcoverings.  Exactly how much any floor covering will fade (or darken) will depend on the level of sun exposure along with the original colour and type of dye.

There is no hard and fast rule - the amount of sun and its intensity are the most obvious factors to consider.

Coloured products may fade, but undyed fibres may darken and, like any fabric, in extreme cases, under very harsh conditions, ultra violet deterioration may occur.

The majority of our dyed products achieve colour fastness ratings to light from 4 to 5.5.  All of our products in their natural un-dyed state will acquire the patina of age.

What about allergies?

Our products are used in the surgeries of leading allergists and in the consulting rooms of other health professionals.  In general, the natural presence of tannins in pure sisal and coir will discourage dust mites.  Another advantage for those with upper respiratory tract sensitivities is that all natural floor coverings absorb moisture from the air when it is humid and release it when the humidity drops, which can help to stabilise the surroundings for sensitive noses.

What if something is spilt on it?

For our guide to common household spills and accidents, check Common Spill Remedies and our Care Guide.

For general tips, see How to Reduce Staining



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Day to Day Care

How to Reduce Staining

Common Spill Remedies