Many people choose wool rugs because they are fairly easy to maintain and are more durable than most other rug materials. Even though they have these added benefits, it is still important to take some regular steps to prolong the life of your rug and keep it looking good. Here are some wool rug care tips to help.
Your rug should be vacuumed often. If you bought the wool rug new, it will require vacuuming about two or three times a week for the first year. It is during this period that excess fiber fuzz will come loose and need removal to prevent matting of the pile. After the first year, or if you have purchased a used rug, vacuum the rug at least once or twice a week depending on the volume of traffic. When you vacuum, go in multiple directions and do not use the brushes.
Be sure to clean up spills immediately. If there are large pieces of food, try to pick it up before it gets in between the fibers. Use dry cloths, preferable white, or paper towels to blot liquids. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing because this can cause permanent staining.
Take extra care when using a steam cleaner. Always test a small part. If the machine uses too much water and soap, a residue can be left behind. Eventually the residue can damage the wool. You should also make sure that the rug dries quickly and properly. The excess water can cause the wool to shrink and promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
If your wool rug is small enough and the weather permits, you can wash it outside periodically. Lay the rug out on your porch or driveway and wet it with a hose. Use a bucket to make a mix of water and a mild soap designed for wool products, such as a wool laundry detergent. Only use about two tablespoons of soap. With a clean white cloth, wipe the soap mix on the rug. Thoroughly rinse off the soap. You can then roll up the rug in dry towels to absorb extra water. Let the rug lay flat in a dry spot, out of direct sunlight, to finish drying out.
Large wool rugs should be rotated at least once a year. This will help prevent abnormal wear. Wool rug care tips also include putting padding underneath. The padding keep the rug from sliding around and bunching up.