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How to Clean a Wool Rug


Wool is a natural and renewable fiber that helps deter bacterial growth, repel stains, and inhibit the growth of dust mites. Most rugs, especially Oriental rugs are made with wool fibers. It is typically recommended to have wool area rugs professionally cleaned and dried, but with the proper supplies and steps to follow, doing it yourself is doable.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean a wool rug – to remove stains and keep it looking great in between professional Oriental and area rug cleanings:

  • Shake/beat – Take the wool area rug outside to shake it. This removes any particles stuck to the rug.
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  • Vacuum – Place the rug back on the ground and vacuum it well. (For a maximum clean, flip the rug over and vacuum the other side, as well). 
  • Blot for stains – To remove the stains, blot the area with vinegar and water – use towels and absorb any excess moisture.
  • Dry – Hang the wool rug or place a fan near the rug to speed up the drying process. Ensure that the rug is completely dry before placing it back on the floor. (Drying could take a few hours). You can use a fan to dry the blotted area.

If this process does not help clean your wool rug, it may be time to call the rug experts at CLEAN Choice Cleaning & Restoration. Our rug cleaning team can help get your wool area rug back to its former state.

Just call us at (410) 978-6050 or contact our team online for area rug cleaning services in Baltimore and Annapolis.

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