Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: central washington state
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I know you posted a while ago, but here's my 2 cents anyway.
Friends of mine bought a jute rug for their dining room and ended up taking it back because it was such a pain. It took stains like crazy and was impossible to clean. After only a couple of days it had marks all over it, and these are like the cleanest people with the loveliest house ever (at least ever with young children). I can't even imagine what a rug like that would do in my house! Yikes. As far as natural fiber rugs, I say go with wool for durability, plus it can be cleaned, or do what we do- cotton rugs all over- cheap, washable, and even better, reversible. Think, family side, company side!
If you did all ready get the jute rug, I think the best thing is to get any spills right away, before the fibers have a chance to soak up much. And maybe only eat khaki colored food in the dining room? Just kidding.
As far as chemicals, I really have no idea.