How to Professionally Clean a Wool Rug

25 January 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective rubber gloves
Vacuum Cleaner
Neutral cleaning solution
White Vinegar
Bucket of water
Cleaning pad
Bone spatula
Tamping brush


Wool rugs are well-known for their comfort, durability, and luxurious appearance. Woollen rugs are an investment in décor for many of us. But to make your rug last for years to come, you need to take care of it.

This article will assist you in keeping your magnificent rug in great condition. Our expert guidelines on wool rug care will show you how to safely clean your wool rug to guarantee it looks beautiful for years to come.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Vacuum to remove dry soil from the rug.

The first step is to thoroughly vacuum the rug. Because dry soil accounts for 95% of the soiling in a rug, carpet, or upholstery, start by removing it.

Step 2: Pre-spray fibres to loosen and dissolve the dirt.

  • Mix up an eco-friendly colloidal, which is a pH-neutral cleaning solution. This will get rid of most of the water-based soiling on the rug.
  • Soak the pad in the solution and wring it out as dry as possible. Work your damp pad across the rug. Otherwise, known as the bucket transfer method. We use it because it will not damage or burn the wool in the same way that alkaline or detergent might. It also leaves no residue behind.
  • At this point approximately 50% of the soil has been removed.
  • We now use a micro splitter that contains peroxide. Any tannin soiling will be eliminated by the peroxide (tea, coffee, red wine, or any beverage spills that have tannins in them).
  • Apply your peroxide solution to the rug gently using the bucket transfer method. Take note of any spots or stains. 90% of the stains should have been removed by now.

Step 3: Treat spots and stains.

Apply a tiny pea-sized amount of solvent to the remaining spots. Using a bone spatula and a tamping brush, gently scrape them out of the rug.

Step 4: Rinse and extract

  • With an acid rinse, neutralise the mild alkalinity in the rug from the micro splitter and deactivate the peroxide.
  • With the extraction machine, extract all the remaining soil from the rug. In the machine, we use roughly two to three litres of water.
  • Allow the rug to dry.

NB: to make acid rinse, mix 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Finally, cut any loose fibres and the rug is ready to be returned to the client.

Did You Know?
Residues attract soil at an accelerated rate. So, if there is no residue, there is no dirt magnet, and the rug will stay cleaner for a longer period of time.

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