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Wool Carpet Cleaning Instructions

Updated March 23, 2017

Natural-fibre wool rugs will last for many years when they are cared for properly. To protect your investment and ensure the lasting beauty of your wool carpets, it is important to keep them clean. Over time, the build-up of dirt, oils, air pollution and other debris can affect the appearance of your carpets, making them appear dull and grimy. Routine vacuuming, spot removal and occasional "washing" of the wool carpet fibres are critical to the longevity of your carpets.

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  1. Vacuum wool carpets at least once a week to remove surface dirt, food particles, pet hair and dust. Make sure the beater bar is turned on and moves across the surface of the carpet fibres to vibrate them lightly. If the motor on your vacuum seems to be working too hard, you may need to raise the beater bar.

  2. Scoop or vacuum up dry particles and blot wet stains with a dry, absorbent cloth as soon as a spill has occurred. Apply cool water if a stain remains, being careful not to overwet the wool carpet. If necessary, use a neutral detergent or a dry spot cleaner to remove stubborn stains.

  3. Apply a dry foam carpet cleaner to wash the wool carpet fibres thoroughly without a lot of moisture. The foam works its way into the fibres to give the carpet a deep clean. Vacuum the foam from the carpet once it has dried thoroughly. Do this every one to two years, depending on the level of foot traffic the carpet receives.

  4. Tip

    Vacuum new carpets two to three times per week to eliminate fuzz and prevent pilling of the carpet fibres. Fuzz results from the manufacturing process and is normal in new carpets. Follow the carpet's care and cleaning instructions carefully. Some manufacturer warranties will be voided if improper cleaning methods are used.


    Do not use oxygen cleaners on wool rugs.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Water
  • White cleaning cloths
  • Detergent
  • Dry foam cleaner

About the Author

Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.

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