The first step to cleaning your wool rugs is the vacuum them regularly to remove dirt, sand, dust, leaves and all of the other icky stuff we track into our homes every day.
If you can, lightly vacuum them every day. Use a vacuum with a strong beater brush. This will ensure the fibers are being separated and that any ground-in dirt that has accumulated at the bottom of the rug will be picked up.
Don’t sprinkle a commercial deodorizer on a wool rug before vacuuming. If you need to remove odors, sprinkle baking soda on the rug and let stand for 15 minutes before vacuuming.
Cleaning Delicate or Handmade Wool Rugs is not easy but:
Steam cleaning is usually the recommended method of cleaning delicate, handmade wool rugs. Handmade rugs are not as durable as those made by machine and must be treated with care. Steam won’t harm a handmade rug as long as it is applied properly. To steam clean your rug, you’ll need to rent a steam cleaner if you don’t have one. Follow the directions exactly, as using an incorrect mixture of detergent and water will more than likely damage your rug.
Coffee, Tea and Urine Stain Removal:
To remove coffee, tea or urine stains, you can use a mild, pH neutral soap mixed with distilled white vinegar and water. Always be sure to test the mixture on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first before applying it to a larger area.
– Start with a 2:1 mixture of water and vinegar (2 cups of water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar)
– Add 2 tablespoons of the mild, pH neutral soap
– Dip a clean, lint-free cloth or chamois into the bucket and squeeze to remove excess liquid
– Lightly dab and blot the stain – don’t rub it
– Lay paper towels or a clean cloth over the area and allow it to dry.
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