How to Care for Wool Rugs

mid-century modern living room how to care for a wool rug
A wool area rug is a beautiful and lasting investment that needs plenty of love and proper care to prevent excessive shedding, fading, and wear. Learn how to care for your wool rug and keep it looking great with the proper cleaning products and techniques.
mid-century modern living room how to care for a wool rug

Cleaning Wool Rugs:

1

Vacuum Regularly

The best way to protect your rug is to keep it clean. Vacuuming it will remove dirt before it can get ground into the fibers. Vacuum your area rug two to three times a week during the first year. After that, vacuum at least once a week or more often if the rug is in a high-traffic area. Vacuum in both directions to prevent matting. Avoid vacuuming with the beater bar on because the rotating brush is too abrasive for wool rugs and can cause excessive shedding.


2

Blot Spills Immediately

Scoop up food residue and absorb liquids the moment they spill onto your rug. Use a paper towel or a cloth to blot stains, but avoid scrubbing as this can cause pilling and matting. Use lukewarm water, a cleaner made specifically for cleaning wool, or white vinegar diluted in warm water to clean the spot. After you’ve cleaned the spot, use lukewarm water to remove all residue, taking care not to excessively soak the rug.


3

Use a Rug Pad

Placing a rug pad under your wool rug does more than add extra softness to the floor. First, it extends the life of your rug by keeping it from wrinkling or sliding around. Second, a rug pad can help reduce noice when people are walking or children are playing in the area. Finally, use a felt or non-slip rug pad to protect your rug’s backing from scratching your flooring


4

Hire a Professional

Your wool rug could use a deep clean every two to three years, but doing it yourself is usually not recommended. Find a professional rug cleaner in your area who can properly clean your wool rug using gentle and effective equipment. Before they clean your rug, inspect the rug and make notes of any specific issues for the cleaners to address.




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