How to clean a Wool rug

Removing Stains

Wool Rugs Maintenance

The following are instructions for maintaining your rug:

  • Vacuum regularly; at least once a week. You should empty vacuum bag when half full.
  • Wet clean as required; generally not more than once every two years, preferably by a professional carpet cleaner.
  • Cope with stains immediately. Move quickly. The sooner the stain is properly treated, the less the chance of permanent damage.

Techniques on cleaning stains:

  • DO IT QUICKLY.
  • Blot up excess moisture. DO NOT RUB.
  • Apply antidote from the following list with a clean cloth, working from edges to center. DO NOT SOAK.
  • Blot up excess antidote with clean dry cloth. Dry with fan or hair dryer.
  • Restore direction of pile with a soft brush.

STAIN TREATMENTS FOR WOOL RUGS

Acids                                            Detergent / Vinegar

Alcoholic Beverages                Detergent / Vinegar / Cleaning Solvent

Bleach                                           Detergent / Vinegar

Blood                                            Detergent / Vinegar / Starch Paste

Butter                                           Cleaning Solvent

Candle Wax / Crayon             Absorbent Paper and Warm Iron

Chewing Gum                           Freeze with Ice / Scrape / Solvent

Chocolate                                   Detergent / Vinegar / Cleaning Solvent

Coffee                                         Glycerin

Cola / Soft Drink                     Warm Water / Detergent

Cosmetics                                  Detergent / Vinegar / Cleaning Solvent

Cooking Oil                               Cleaning Solvent / Detergent

Egg                                               Detergent

Fruit Juices                                Cold Water / Detergent

Furniture Polish                      Cleaning Solvent / Detergent / Ammonia

Gravy / Sauces                         Warm Water / Detergent

Grease / Oil                              Cleaning Solvent / Detergent

Ice Cream / Milk                     Warm Water / Solvent / Detergent

Ink (Ball Point)                         Cleaning Solvent / Alcohol / Detergent

Iodine                                         Alcohol

Mildew                                       Call a reputable cleaner

Mud                                             Detergent

Nail Polish                                 Clear Polish Remover / Cleaning Solvent

Paint (Latex)                             Detergent / Ammonia / Cleaning Solvent

Paint (Oil)                                  Alcohol / Cleaning Solvent / Detergent

Rust                                             Solvent / Detergent / Rust Remover

Salad Dressing                         Detergent / Cleaning Solvent

Shoe Polish                               Cleaning Solvent / Detergent

Tar                                               Cleaning Solvent

Tea                                               Cold Water / Detergent / Solvent

Urine                                           Detergent / Vinegar

Vomit                                          Detergent / Vinegar / Cleaning Solvent

Wine                                           Absorbent Powder / Cold Water / Detergent

 

Detergent Solution: One teaspoon clear dish washing soap in one cup warm water.
Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia in 1/2 cup water.
Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3 cup water.
Solvent: A dry‐cleaning solvent (available at hardware and grocery stores)