How to Get Dirt Stains Out of Wool Carpet

Wool carpet is a type of natural fibre carpeting. It's comfortable to walk on, easy to care for and appealing to the eye. Similar to other natural fibres, wool is highly absorbent and it's best to keep it as dry as possible, even when removing dirt stains. Preventive maintenance and proper care and cleaning help you remove dirt stains from your wool carpet without causing permanent damage to the wool fibres.

Vacuum your wool carpet to remove dirt from the surface and from within the fibres.

Combine 1/4 tsp dishwashing detergent with 2 cups warm water. Mix the solution until you have frothy soap suds on top of the mixture. Dip your sponge into the soap suds only and blot at the remaining dirt stains with the sponge.

Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 cups warm water to tackle any remaining stains on your wool carpet. Wet a clean cloth with the diluted vinegar and squeeze out the cloth until it's barely damp.

Sponge your wool carpet with the vinegar-dampened cloth. Blot remaining stains by working from the exterior of the stain in toward the middle. Press a clean, dry cloth into the carpet to dry it.

Direct the air flow from an electric fan at your wool carpet to help it dry faster.


Shake out small wool rugs to remove stain-causing debris. Purchase a neutral cleaner made specifically for wool carpeting to maintain a carpet that needs frequent cleaning.


Too much moisture during the cleaning process can damage the wool fibres. Wring out sponges and cleaning cloths before washing your carpet and blot or sponge rather than rubbing and scrubbing.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • 1/4 tsp dishwashing detergent
  • Sponge
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Fan
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.