Tips to clean wool area rugs so your rug has a long life

One of the most important things to clean wool area rugs is regular vacuuming with a good vacuum. How often this needs to be done will depend on the amount of traffic that the rug is exposed to. This will extend the life of your area rug and protect it from dirt and debris that can build up.


When you first get your wool area rug you will need to vacuum it more often as many as two or three times a week for the first year in order to remove loose fibers from the weaving process. This is important to clean wool area rugs and this shedding is absolutely normal and will not hinder your rug.


When using a vacuum to clean wool area rugs a beater bar can be used on cut pile rugs but not on looped texture as the loops can be damaged. You want the beater bar to be at the right height so it just lightly touches the carpet and the motor of the vacuum does not slow down. Makes sure you have a fairly empty vacuum cleaner bag so that your suction is good. Vacuum across both directions of the traffic pattern so that you prevent your rug from matting.


Excessive heat and agitation should be avoided when you clean wool area rugs. Most cleaning methods can be used for wool fibers except for oxygen cleaners or oxy cleaners. These products have alkaline properties and alkaline products like many bathroom cleaners easily damage wool. Wool needs to be cleaned with neutral detergents and dried quickly. Dry powders are not recommended as the residue can be hard to remove.


Dry foam and absorbent pad is a good method to clean wool area rugs as it uses little water which is good but care needs to be used on looped rugs when vacuuming out the product. Steam cleaning should be done by a qualified professional as they know the right amount of water and detergent to use.

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