If you’ve invested in an elegant, wool area rug for your home than it’s important you know how to properly care for it and keep it looking new. There are a few unique steps to cleaning wool area rugs (versus acrylic rugs) due to the nature and texture of the wool fiber.
Wool area rugs are best maintained through daily (2-3 times a week) vacuuming. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is set to the correct carpet level and vacuum slowly to ensure the rotating beater has time to penetrate the thick wool. Once every few months turn the carpet over and, using the upholstery attachment, carefully vacuum the back of the carpet.
Attend to stains in your wool rug immediately. However, do not use soap and water with a scrub brush – rubbing to hard with coarse brushes or cloth will destroy the wool fibers. The fibers of wool rugs also cannot tolerate many of the ingredients in standard carpet shampoos (which are designed for synthetic carpets). The best way to remove stains from a wool rug is to absorb as much of the stain as possible with a clean, white cloth through pressing on it (not scrubbing). If the stain is still visible use a dry foam cleaner on the spot and remove it by blotting the area with an absorbent pad or cloth. This method uses little liquid and will not harm the carpet.
Finally, every two to three years, have your wool rug professionally cleaned. Rented steam cleaners cannot be used on a wool rug because of the synthetic carpet shampoos and high volume of water always left in the rug’s fibers- professionals will use the correct cleaners and techniques to ensure your wool rug receives a thorough cleaning but is not damaged or left damp enough to mildew.
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