Cleaning Wool Rugs - Excellent Results At Home

by Jerrico_Usher

Rugs are a great way to improve the look and feel of a room. Not only do they provide warmth but help keep wood floors cleaner.

Many homeowners appreciate rugs such as Persian wool for their look, durability, and the fibers natural ability to resist dirt and grime but not being sure how to clean these rugs have always been a concern when purchasing (often because they will tell you you need to have them cleaned by a professional when that isn't true). The good news is that these rugs can be cleaned easily with just plain old water from the hose and a mild detergent like Woolite and a Woolite scrubber (or equivalent). Rugs are a great way to improve the look and feel of a room. Not only do they provide warmth but help keep wood floors cleaner. Below I'll give you the simple steps to cleaning your wool rugs.

Cleaning Wool Rugs

Although professional carpet cleaning services will be happy to take your money for cleaning oriental wool rugs, the good news is their services are not necessary to achieve excellent results. In fact, some professional techniques such as steam cleaning may damage a handmade rug by causing it to shrink. Wool is a natural fiber and is 100% washable. With very little effort, the rug can be cleaned.

Step 1:

Thoroughly vacuum the area rug to remove any loose dirt.

Step 2:

Take the rug outdoors and spray with garden hose.

Step 3:

Add 1/2 cup of a mild detergent (Woolite is recommended for cleaning wool rugs) to a bucket of water.

Step 4:

Using a clean sponge, scrub the soiled areas with the soapy water.

Step 5:

Rinse the suds from the rug.

Step 6:

Take clean bath towels and lay on top of rug. Roll the rug with the towels to absorb most of the excess water.

Step 7:

Lay rug flat to dry in a flat, sunny area. Once rug is mostly dry, take it inside to dry the rest of the way. Exposure to too much sunlight can cause the rug to shrink.

If the rug had some heavily soiled areas, it is recommended that they be spot treated with a commercially available spot remover ahead of time. cleaning wool rugs should be done once every year and a half. If spots appear in between thorough cleanings, just take a damp sponge and gently blot at the spot until it has been removed. With a little care, wool rugs are good choices for families.

Updated: 10/29/2022, Jerrico_Usher
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Jerrico_Usher on 03/11/2013

Most people think they have to hire a pro- pay 200.00 + to get it cleaned when all they do (I worked as a carpet cleaner for years) is run hot water over it and use mild soap, at time they didn't even use the machine just a regular household vacuum cleaner (that can suck in water)... thanks for commenting!

BrendaReeves on 03/11/2013

Great tutorial on cleaning wool rugs. I have four dogs and two cats, so all the carpeting had to go.

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