A wool rug is a beautiful, cozy addition to your home decor. Durable and soft, wool is the ideal material for rugs, and is worth the investment if you care for it properly. If you want to keep your rug looking beautiful for years to come, follow our guide on caring for and cleaning your wool rug.

What You Need to Keep
Your Wool Rug Looking New

Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, a vacuum with no beater bar
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, spray bottle
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, dish detergent
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, white vinegar
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, carpet cleaner
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, cleaning rags
Things you'll need to clean your wool rug, rug pad

Wool Rug Care & Maintenance

PLACEMENT:

Wool rugs are arguably the most durable types of rugs because wool fibers are strong, and tend to repel stains and water. They also hold up well in high-traffic areas— whether it’s a wall-to-wall rug in your living room, or a long, welcoming runner rug in your hallways. If you want to keep dirt at bay in high traffic areas, implement a “shoes off” policy in your home to keep outside dirt from being tracked in. Wherever you place your rug, make sure you use a rug pad underneath. Rug pads help buffer rugs from wear and tear, provide traction so your rug doesn’t slide out of place, and offer extra insulation.

VACUUMING:

When it comes to vacuuming your wool rug, easy does it. Use a vacuum with no beater bar to gently clean your wool rug 2-4 times a month. While beater bars are great for lifting dirt out of synthetic fibers, they’re very harsh on wool, which sheds easily.

SHEDDING:

If you’ve invested in a beautiful new wool rug only to be faced with tumbleweeds of shedding wool fibers, do not be dismayed! Shedding for wool rugs is very normal, and does not indicate a poorly-made or low-quality rug. Your wool rug will shed the most when it is brand new, and then shed less and less after a few months of being in your home. Remember: over-vacuuming will only increase rug shedding and damage the wool fibers.

How to Remove Stains from a Wool Rug

Spills and stains should be given immediate attention to prevent permanent damage to your wool rug. It’s also important to use the right cleaning methods that don’t irritate or damage your wool rug even further. Use the following tips to tackle common spills and stains on your wool rug.

An infographic showing you how to remove an ink stain from your wool rug, you'll need water, dish washing liquid, and a towel

To remove ink, mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with water, dab a towel in the mixture, and blot the stain with the towel and dish soap solution.

An infographic showing you how to remove an ink stain from your wool rug, you'll need water, dish washing liquid, and a towel

To remove ink, mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with water, dab a towel in the mixture, and blot the stain with the towel and dish soap solution.

To remove grease stains, be sure to first remove any food solids. Use a dish soap and water solution and a rag to blot the stain, then dab dry.

An infographic showing you how to remove a grease stain from your wool rug, you'll need a spoon, dish soap, and water
An infographic showing you how to remove a grease stain from your wool rug, you'll need a spoon, dish soap, and water

To remove grease stains, be sure to first remove any food solids. Use a dish soap and water solution and a rag to blot the stain, then dab dry.

An infographic showing you how to remove a pet stain from your wool rug, you'll need a towel, vinegar, dish soap, and water

If your pet has made a mess on your wool rug, have no fear. First, blot at the mess to remove excess liquid. Then mix dish soap, white vinegar, and water into a solution and gently blot away the stain. Dab dry.

An infographic showing you how to remove a pet stain from your wool rug, you'll need a towel, vinegar, dish soap, and water

If your pet has made a mess on your wool rug, have no fear. First, blot at the mess to remove excess liquid. Then mix dish soap, white vinegar, and water into a solution and gently blot away the stain. Dab dry.

To remove marker from your wool rug, a carpet cleaner works best. Apply the cleaner to your rag, and blot the stain. Then, use warm water to rinse the carpet cleaner and stain out of the fibers.

An infographic showing you how to remove a marker stain from a wool rug, you'll need carpet cleaner, a rag, and warm water
An infographic showing you how to remove a marker stain from a wool rug, you'll need carpet cleaner, a rag, and warm water

To remove marker from your wool rug, a carpet cleaner works best. Apply the cleaner to your rag, and blot the stain. Then, use warm water to rinse the carpet cleaner and stain out of the fibers.

An infographic showing you how to remove mud from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, water, and a rag

To remove mud, make sure you scrape up any dried or caked mud. If the spot is still pretty wet, soak up extra liquid using a dry rag or paper towel. Then, apply a dish soap and water solution to the stain, using a rag to blot and then dry the area.

An infographic showing you how to remove mud from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, water, and a rag

To remove mud, make sure you scrape up any dried or caked mud. If the spot is still pretty wet, soak up extra liquid using a dry rag or paper towel. Then, apply a dish soap and water solution to the stain, using a rag to blot and then dry the area.

Use paper towels or a rag to soak up extra liquid, then blot and remove the stain with a dish soap and water solution. Dab the area dry.

An infogrpahic showing you how to remove coffee & tea from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, water, and a rag
An infogrpahic showing you how to remove coffee & tea from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, water, and a rag

Use paper towels or a rag to soak up extra liquid, then blot and remove the stain with a dish soap and water solution. Dab the area dry.

An infographic showing you how to remove red wine from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, vinegar, and warm water

To remove a red wine stain, blot up extra liquid with a paper towel. Then, mix dish soap, white vinegar, and water to create a stain solution. Spray or dab the stain with the mixture, and blot until the stain is removed.

An infographic showing you how to remove red wine from a wool rug, you'll need dish soap, vinegar, and warm water

To remove a red wine stain, blot up extra liquid with a paper towel. Then, mix dish soap, white vinegar, and water to create a stain solution. Spray or dab the stain with the mixture, and blot until the stain is removed.

Wool Rug Cleaning and Care

Check out this how-to video for wool rug cleaning demonstrations, and extra tips on how to take care of your rug day to day. Regular upkeep like vacuuming and spot-treatment is great, but sometimes your rug will need special attention and a deep cleaning by a professional. While there’s a lot of upkeep you can do on your own, it’s best to hire a professional every two or three years to ensure damage-free treatment that will help your rug stay beautiful, longer.

A video showing you how to care and clean your wool rug



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