Wool rugs are one of the most sensitive surfaces to treat for stains; it’s just too easy to damage wool rugs. On the other hand, you want to keep your wool rug free of impurities, so not cleaning is not an option. By following your rug manufacturer’s instructions and paying attention to the labels on your wool rug cleaners, you can avoid causing damage to your rug.
Wool Rug Cleaning Products
From powders to foams, there is a plethora of dry solvents out there to treat wool rugs. Take caution when using water or liquid wool rug cleaners, because these can have unintended effects on your rug. Be sure that somewhere on the label it says it’s okay to use the product on wool.
Steam cleaning is acceptable for wool carpet, if done correctly. This means using cleaning solution that’s suitable for wool and taking care not to over saturate the rug. “Oxy” products are a huge no-no when it comes to wool rug cleaners. When choosing a product, take care to find one suitable for all family members, including pets and children. If someone’s sensitive to strong smells or chemicals, it may be best to go organic.
Stains on Wool Rugs
When a spill occurs, remove all solids, then blot all liquids with a clean, dry and white cloth. Blot the area until the substance is absorbed as much as possible, then use wool rug cleaners, taking care to follow instructions to the letter. However you decide to clean your wool stains, take care to dry the surface as quickly as possible, but do not use heat devices such as blow dryers. If you wash, you may use space or ceiling fans.
Clean spills as soon as they occur to prevent stains from setting. When using wool rug cleaners for the first time, test it in an inconspicuous area. If the stain is too stubborn or you are in doubt about how to clean your wool rug, call in a professional. Just make sure that professional is recommended by a trusted source. Vacuum rugs daily to keep your wool rug as clean as possible.
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