How to Get a Wool Throw Rug to Quit Shedding

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How to Get a Wool Throw Rug to Quit Shedding
Shedding will be less visible if you match your rug colour to the furniture around it. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A wool throw rug is made of wool fibres woven together. Because wool fibres are short, they become loose and shed, which is a natural occurrence. However, mishandling the rug can make shedding worse. If your rug sheds too much, the rug can become threadbare. However, with regular vacuuming and cleaning you can remove the "shedding" without damaging the rug.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Neutral, mild detergent
  • Soft-bristle brush

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    Place the rug in an area where it won't get a lot of foot traffic. The friction caused by movement across the rug is responsible for a lot of shedding.

  2. 2

    Vacuum the rug with a brush attachment once a week. Vacuum in the direction of the pile, rather than against it, to avoid damaging the rug's fibres. After a few months of weekly vacuuming, the rug should exhibit only minor signs of shedding. (Run your hand along the top of the rug to find the direction of the pile. If the rug feels smooth when you run your hand across it, that's the direction the pile faces. If you "raise" the texture of the rug, you're going against the pile.)

  3. 3

    Take the rug outside about once a month on a sunny day for additional cleaning and shed-reduction. Hose it down with lukewarm water. Rub a mild detergent into the fibres of the rug with a soft-bristle brush; rinse the rug with the hose until the water runs clear. Hang it out to dry in the shade to prevent the sun from bleaching the fibres. (Only do this on rugs that don't have a glued-on backing; the water may dissolve the glue.)

Tips and warnings

  • Place the rug in an area where it matches the colour of any nearby upholstered furniture. This will make any shedding less visible.

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