how to clean a wool rug

How to Clean Your Wool Rugs & Carpet

Wool rugs are a beautiful edition to any home. To keep your rug looking gorgeous, follow a few simple steps specifically designed cleaning wool rugs. Before having to clean, the best place to begin is to limit the amount of dirt the rug is exposed to daily. Consider a shoes-off policy for your home or add door mats at each of the home’s entrances.

Cleaning Wool Rugs: the Power of the Vacuum

State-of-the-art vacuum cleaners have some serious power with strong beater bars and intensive suction. A wool rug contains fibers that can snag and potentially unravel if aggressively vacuumed. Cleaning wool rug fibers safely requires a slightly different vacuuming approach compared to other carpet types.

Raise the vacuum’s beater bar to its highest setting when cleaning your wool rugs. If your vacuum has a bare floor setting, use that. Vacuum at least once a week. When vacuuming the wool carpet, change your path frequently, creating a ‘V’ pattern versus straight lines. This can help keep the wool fibers from being crushed. For rugs with decorative trim, always vacuum side-to-side (width-wise, not length-wise) to avoid entangling the fringe in the vacuum.

Tip: For a deeper vacuuming, flip the wool rug over and vacuum its back side. This is one of the easiest tricks to cleaning a wool area rug.

Wool Carpet Cleaning: Spots and Stains

No matter how careful you are, it’s likely at some point you’re going to be faced with a stain on your wool rug. Don’t panic. The first thing to remember is to never rub at a stain. As soon as an accident happens, remove as much from the rug as possible with a clean cloth or towel. Liquid spills need to be absorbed. Press down on the towel with the heel of your hand to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Repeat several times with a clean towel. After the liquid is absorbed, blot the stain with lukewarm water. To create a quick spot-treatment solution, mix 1/8 teaspoon of clear, dish washing soap with water. Never over-soap and always test your solution on an inconspicuous place when cleaning wool carpet. Be sure to rinse the solution by dabbing fresh, clear water on the spot and then blotting dry.

Additionally, avoid any cleaners containing bleach, hydrogen peroxide and alkaline cleansers when dealing with wool rugs.

Anyone can learn to clean wool carpet like a pro, but some days it’s easier to ask for help from a cleaning team, like our ServiceMaster Clean carpet cleaning professionals.

If you’re having trouble with stubborn spots on your wool rugs or do not have the time to deal with maintaining the beautiful addition to your home, contact ServiceMaster Clean today!

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