This week we look into how to clean a wool rug. With a wool rug often being a significant investment, it is handy to have a general knowledge of how to care for your rug, including some emergency cleaning tips for spills, ensuring your new rug has the longest lifetime possible.
Disclaimer: The following article should be used as a guide only, and Rugs Of Beauty are not responsible for any actions taken as a result of this information. We recommend that you use a local rug cleaning professional that specialises in wool rug cleaning to clean your rug. This will ensure the maximum longevity of your wool floor rug by keeping it in the best condition possible.
Basic Care & Cleaning:
Small fibres such as dirt can be easily removed from your wool rug with regular vacuuming. Vacuuming should be performed at least twice a month. Also vacuum the underside of the rug once every two months. Ensure the vacuum head has a high height setting. Using a low height setting can cause damage to the rug pile in the long term.
You can also take a wool rug outside, shake it, or hang it up in an under cover area with a rope or clothes line or similar, and beat it lightly with a broom. Ensure the rug is completely dry before doing this.
Once dirt has been removed from your rug it is ready for shampooing. We recommend using a professional rug cleaner for this task. You can use your rug as normal again when it has dried completely after cleaning.
Rug Care and Cleaning Information Resources:
Removing Spots & Stains:
When a spot or stain occurs on your wool rug, do not panic, but it is important that you act promptly to remove the stain as quickly and easily as possible.
With so many different substances that can stain or cause a spot on your wool rug, it is important to use the appropriate cleaning method for the specific substance that has been spilled on your rug.
Below are some general wool rug spill cleaning tips and below that are some more in depth resources with wool rug cleaning information:
• Gently blot excess moisture from a spill on your rug using paper towels, and gently remove any solids. Do not rub vigorously or scrub.
• Baking powder may be used after the above process is complete to draw out spills from the rug fibres. Sprinkle on and let sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming.
• Mix 2 cups lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon mild dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup white vinegar. Test a small, unstained, inconspicuous area of the rug first to ensure the rug is suitable to be treated with this mix. Gently apply this mixture to the affected area using a clean cloth, then prop the rug up against a piece of furniture to allow airflow to help dry the treated area.
The following links may be also be useful resources for treating specific stains and spots:
We hope you may find the above tips and techniques helpful for maintaining your wool rug, however we always recommend getting professional advice from your local rug cleaning professional on how best to care for and clean your new rug.
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