Wool rugs are known for their rugged practicality and the strength of their fibers. For general rug cleaning they can be cleaned by any homeowner. In general, this type requires general maintenance and occasional thorough cleaning to keep it in the best shape for the longest time.
For wool, regular vacuuming is not only safe, it is a must. The fibers are thick and strong, giving dirt plenty of room to dig down deeper and cause it to look discolored and shabby. In general, vacuuming a few times a week along with your regular carpet maintenance will keep your rug looking great and fully maintained. With this regimen, it should only need occasional deep cleaning, but that remains important, and easy to accomplish.
When you decide the rug is ready for a more thorough inspection and cleaning, there are a few steps you will need to follow.
Shake out the loose dirt. Take the rug outside, and test which direction the wind is blowing. Always shake so the wind will blow the dirt away from your eyes and the house so you are not simply transferring the dirt onto yourself or the house. If it is large or heavy, you can hang it on a line or over a deck and beat out the dirt using a stick or your arm.
Run the vacuum one more time. This will draw out any extra dirt which managed to avoid being shaken out.
Wash the rug with a soap or detergent and water. For best results, take the rug back outside and place it in a clean area, such as a porch or deck, before lighting spraying it using a hose or spray bottle. Wool will soak in water very easily, so be careful not to make it too wet. Scrub it with the soap and a soft brush to remove any stains or discolorations. Rinse out the soap with more water.
Dry your wool rug immediately. Squeeze out as much excess water as you can, then hang it to dry somewhere with plenty of sun and breeze. Never put a wool rug in the dryer, they should always be air dried. If you have chosen to wash the rug on a breezy, sunny day with low humidity, that will be perfect conditions for drying the rug now.
While regular vacuuming will prevent dirt from accumulating, they will still need occasional washing outside with soap and water before being hung to dry. With that said, for a more thorough cleaning you can always contact our professionals at Carpet Cleaning Encino.