How to Clean an Alpaca Fur Rug

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How to Clean an Alpaca Fur Rug
Alpacas have luxurious coats for making rugs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An alpaca is a South American mammal that resembles a llama but is much smaller in size. Alpacas have very thick fur in natural colours of 22 shades for making rugs with intricate detailing. The fur in these rugs is stronger and more resilient than sheepskin rugs, making them a long-lasting product. Cleaning your rug correctly will preserve the beauty and softness of the natural fibres.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wire pet brush
  • Sponge
  • Mild dish soap
  • Talcum powder

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  1. 1

    Vacuum your alpaca rug as you would a flat floor rug. Place one foot on the edge of the rug to keep it from moving as you lift the vacuum onto the rug and vacuum it back and forth. This will remove any loose dirt or debris on the rug.

  2. 2

    Brush the fur in any area where it may be matted with a wire pet brush. Occasional brushing of the entire rug separates the hairs and makes it fluffy.

  3. 3

    Clean up spills immediately with a damp sponge dipped in a mild dish soap and water solution. Squeeze the sponge out so it is only damp and blot the spill. Rub the spot with the sponge and let the spot dry completely. Comb the area to detangle the hair with a wire pet brush.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle talcum powder lightly on your alpaca rug to keep it smelling fresh.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not wet the rug through the hair fibres and down to the leather bottom when you are spot cleaning your rug. This action will ruin the leather and eventually cause it to crack.
  • Alpaca is more of a decorative or show material than a heavy-use product.

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