How to Keep Wool Rugs Clean

June 09, 2014

Rug on floorWool rugs are not only a smart investment, but a gorgeous one. They are diverse in style and color, while being hypoallergenic. Unlike silk, a wool rug can handle high traffic much better than many other rugs thanks to its durable fabric and long lasting life span.

Do you have a busy household with multiple people, pets and frequent guests? A wool rug just may be the smartest investment you’ve ever made—but how do you keep it looking its best? How do you preserve its beauty and value? Here’s how…in just a few steps.

Shake Out Your Rug

No matter what material your rug is made out of and how sturdy it may be, rugs require frequent maintenance. Because of wool’s durability, begin cleaning it yourself by shaking it out. Get in the habit once a week of taking it outdoors and shaking the dirt and dust particles out of your rug. This will help decrease the risk of dirt becoming encased in the rug’s fibers. If a stain has occurred (don’t panic!) be sure to first read the instruction labels from the manufacturer. It may allow you to gently clean the rug yourself, and if that’s the case, proceed to the next step mentioned here.

Apply This Gentle Cleaning Procedure in Between Professional Cleanings

When it comes to oriental rugs of any kind—Persian, silk or wool—professional rug cleaning is a must. Your rug is an investment, and getting it cleaned the right way will prevent further damage and the elimination of the stains you do have done the right way.

Quick do-it-yourself treatments can be performed in between professional cleanings, but start by using a gentle approach. For example, if you use too much water on your rug, it can leave water marks that can be challenging to un-do. You may be tempted to scrub the stain out of the wool fibers, but refrain. Instead, take just a small bit of warm water and wool-safe detergent to the area and spot clean. In a gentle back and forth motion, brush the detergent/water mix to the stain, followed by luke warm water to eliminate any leftover soap.

Know When You Can (and Should Not) Clean It Yourself

Your wool rug comes from an all-natural source: a sheep’s coat. So doesn’t it make sense to put your trust in the hands of a professional cleaner who insists on doing a natural cleaning process? Many things can affect the high quality of your wool: pet stains, coffee spills and dirt from dirty feet.

Find a local Chem-Dry in your area to learn all about our specialized tools and equipment designed for an effective, yet gentle cleaning that will leave your rug vibrant and fresh. Not only will you have a thorough and effective cleaning that will eliminate those tough stains on your beloved rug, but you’ll enlist help from the best in the business!