How to wash a wool rug at home

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Most people are surprised to learn that an Oriental wool rug or wool area rug can be washed at home. These rugs usually are washable - in water - but follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results. These instructions are for small to medium-sized rugs, not large ones.

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Things you need

  • Stain Remover
  • Vacuum
  • several dry towels
  • sponge or sponge mop
  • mild detergent for wool

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    Vacuum the rug thoroughly. Do both sides of the rug.

  2. 2

    Spot clean stains with a stain remover appropriate for wool carpets. Be sure to test on a less visible area for color-fastness.

  3. 3

    Take the rug outside and put it on a clean, paved area.

  4. 4

    Wet the rug down with a garden hose.

  5. 5

    Add two capfuls of a mild cleaner such as Woolite to a bucket of cold water. Using a beater or whisk, whip up suds in the bucket.

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    Use a clean sponge or sponge mop to apply the suds to rug, gently wiping as you go.

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    Rinse rug thoroughly once you have finished applying the suds.

  8. 8

    Roll up the rug in dry towels to remove remaining water. The wet rug will be heavy.

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    Lay the rug flat to dry. Avoid prolonged periods in direct sunlight which can cause fading or shrinkage.

Tips and warnings

  • Eucalan Woolwash is another popular product used for cleaning wool rugs. It is low-suds and does not require rinsing.
  • Always use a mild detergent with a neutral pH (5.0-8.0).
  • A wool rug needs a thorough cleaning approximately every 12 to 18 months.
  • If you don't want to take on washing the rug yourself, a carpet cleaning company will do the job for you.
  • *Do not have a wool rug steam-cleaned, as the heat from the steam will likely cause shrinkage.

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