How To Clean A Wool Rug

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Do you dread the thought of rolling up your Oriental wool rug or wool area, dragging the heavy rug to your car and bringing it to the dry cleaners? Most people think that this is the only way to clean your wool rug, but you’ll be surprised to learn that you can clean your wool area rug right at home.  We found nine easy “do it yourself” steps to cleaning your wool carpet or rug at home and avoid the expensive dry-cleaning bill, on    

  1. Vacuum the rug thoroughly. Do both sides of the rug.
  2. Spot clean stains with a stain remover appropriate for wool carpets. Be sure to test on a less visible area for color-fastness.
  3. Take the rug outside and put it on a clean, paved area.
  4. Wet the rug down with a garden hose.
  5. Add two capfuls of a mild cleaner to a bucket of cold water. Using a beater or whisk, whip up suds in the bucket.
  6. Use a clean sponge or sponge mop to apply the suds to rug, gently wiping as you go.
  7. Rinse rug thoroughly once you have finished applying the suds.
  8. Roll up the rug in dry towels to remove remaining water. The wet rug will be heavy.
  9. Lay the rug flat to dry. Avoid prolonged periods in direct sunlight which can cause fading or shrinkage. 

Come back to the Colony Rug Blog for more cleaning tips.  Also Colony Rug sells a variety of cleaning products at our store in Hanover, Mass.

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