How to Clean a Wool Rug

The global home decor market is worth 663 million dollars! No doubt purchases of wool rugs for homes make up a portion of that figure. 

Wool rugs are popular because they help to keep bugs and other insects out of your home. 

Regular vacuuming of your wool rug is enough to keep them tidy in most cases. However, at least twice a year you may want to give it a thorough cleaning. A thorough cleaning will remove any lingering dirt and grime as well as stains. Here is a look at how you can keep your wool rugs clean.

How to Keep Your Wool Rug Clean

The most important step is to try to keep your rug as clean as possible. Encourage your family and friends not to walk on the rug if their shoes are dirty or muddy.

The rug should be vacuumed at least two times for the month. If you have pets then you need to do this more often. Once you find stains on the rug you need to try to remove them as quickly as possible. 

Doing a Thorough Clean 

At least once a year you will need to do a thorough wool rug cleaning. Cleaning during the summer when there are warm days ensures that your rug will be thoroughly dried.

The first step in wool rug maintenance is to get a waterproof tarp and spread it outside. You can then lay your rug on it to give it a good clean.

You should start by shaking out all the dust and dirt from the rug. To get out the dust you can hang the rug on a clothing line outside and then beat it out with a broom.

If you prefer to take a more professional approach you can buy a rug beater to get the dust out of the rug. As soon as you have removed all the dirt from the rug then you can vacuum it.  After vacuuming it’s time to use soap and water to clean the rug

Fill a bucket with water and get some mild soap that is wool-safe and work in sections to clean the rug. Use a sponge to get the soap on the rug and then scrub it very gently before rinsing.

Drying the Rug

The rug needs to be thoroughly dried to protect it from moisture damage. You should hang the rug outside on a clothesline and let it dry in the sun. If you have a heavy-duty fan you can turn it towards the rug to speed up the drying process.

Clean the floor where you would normally put the rug, while the rug is drying. This will prevent the rug from getting dirty again quickly.

Get Cleaned Up

Keeping a wool rug clean is not difficult. You simply need to ensure that you put cleaning on your agenda at least twice every month and at least once every year.

Regular maintenance is the key to ensuring that your rug is long-lasting. Many people have had wool rugs that have lasted them for decades and you can too, once you take the time to properly care for them.

If you would like help with wool rug cleaning, please contact us.