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How To Clean A Wool Rug?

Rugs, and in particular wool rugs, add so much warmth to any room in the house. They literally warm up colder tile or wooden floors, as well as creating or adding atmosphere to an otherwise lifeless room. Many Americans believe that the process of cleaning a wool rug is fairly complicated. But it does not have to be too mystifying, if the individual doing the chore simply follows the directions offered in this article.

The first thing that you must do when cleaning a wool rug is to use a vacuum cleaner to go over the entire surface of the rug in order to pick up any dirt which has been brought inside the house. Routine utilization of the vacuum cleaner aids in keeping such dirt from harming the fibers of the rug. As vacuuming will ruin the softness of the fiber, shag rugs must be taken outside and shaken instead.

Next, you will want to do a spot cleaning procedure over the filthiest parts of the rug. Where there are stubborn spills, employ a good stain remover, or use a paper towel to blot them up. To create a good home made cleaning agent which is effective and not harmful for your wool rug, simply put a teaspoon of pure white vinegar along with one teaspoon of mild detergent into two full quarts of warmed water.

Carry your wool rug out to the patio and hose it down. This will remove tiny particles of dust and dirt which are too small to be effectively seen by the naked eye. We know that this is starting to seem tedious, but completely cleaning up your wool rug does need a significant time investment. You will be pleased with the final outcome, we promise.

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Take a bucket of water and put in a little mild detergent. Sponge this mixture over the entire wool rug. Utilize a clean sponge in order to focus on the areas that need extra cleaning. When you have finished this process, wash off the whole rug using clear water. Then you must remove the extra water via using dry towels in which to roll the rug. You should never allow the rug to sit out in the sun, or to remain wet. When they stay wet, such dampness leads to the presence of bacteria. Too much or prolonged exposure to the sun will cause the rug to shrink.

If you would prefer not to fool around with the wool rug yourself, then all that you have to do is to carry your wool rug down to an area dry cleaner, typically one time every year. In so doing, you will save yourself the frustration and aggravation of having to do it on your own. This will prove to be expensive, but you are sure to receive back a well cleaned rug as a result.

We close with a few good ideas and cautions for treating your wool rug. You must never vigorously scrub your wool rug, since such scrubbing may change the fibers’ look and feel. When you remove the spills immediately after they happen, rugs will likely not stain. By spot cleaning your rug, you will put off the necessity of having to completely clean your wool rug. When you have a special stain remover that you wish to use on the rug, be sure to try it out first on a tiny portion of the rug in order to ensure that it does not harm the fibers or color. You ought to check any potential stain remover that you are considering using on your rug, to ensure that it is intended for wool rugs and is safe for their use. And lastly, read the manufacturer’s label in order to learn the most effective and safest means of cleaning up your wool rug.

Allan

Allan Thomes has been a professional writer for 1 &1/2 years. He joined the THF Team in May, 2011. Along with the numerous other hobbies he enjoys, Allan spends many hours doing home remodeling projects, entertaining family and friends, and gardening.



  • cindi

    Submerging the rug in my bathtub worked great, the vinegar and dish washing detergent solution also, worked great. I just lifted the rug up and down in the water and let it soak for about an hour, you would not believe all the dirt that came out, the rug did not even look that dirty, but the water was black. I had a cat that peed all over the rug and the solution got all the urine smell out too. thanks for the great advice, I will definately do it again next year.
                                                                                                                        Sincerely,
                                                                                                                          Cindi

  • PennyV

    Cindi, how did you get all the water out of your rug after soaking it in the bathtub for so long?  I thought you weren’t supposed to get wool carpets very wet and were supposed to dry them as quickly as possible.

  • Marie

    I have a tufted wool rug with canvas backing on back. I don’t think it’s supposed to be that wet.

  • PennyV

    Marie, you are right about how careful a person must be when cleaning tufted rugs. According to this site I have found, tufted rug owners should never try to clean the rugs themselves. They should always take the rug to a professional cleaner. Here’s the link to the site I found that explains why a tufted rug should not be soaked for long and why it should be taken to a professional cleaner: http://www.rugchick.com/rugs-with-material-on-the-back/