How to Do a Spot & Low-Moisture Clean on Your Woollen Rug

9 May 2023
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What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective rubber gloves
Wet-dry vacuum
A stiff brush
Dish soap
Rubbing alcohol
A sprayer or small bowl
Dry white cotton towel


In this cleaning guide, we'll share with you a step-by-step instructions on how to do a spot clean and low-moisture clean on your woollen rug at home. Making sure that you keep it looking as beautiful and vibrant as the day you bought it.

If you have a wool rug in your home, then you already know the luxurious feel and warmth it brings to your space. But with regular use, wool rugs can quickly accumulate dirt, stains, and unpleasant odours.

A typical reaction is to clean it with water and soap. But that possibly could be the worst thing you could do to your rug. Causing irreparable harm and damage to the delicate fibres. So, what should you do?

Enter spot cleaning and low-moisture cleaning - two techniques that are gentle yet effective in restoring the beauty and longevity of your wool rug.

By doing your own cleaning and removing stains from wool rugs, you can save money and time. However, if you use incorrect cleaning products or techniques, it could be fatal!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Low-moisture spot cleaning your rug in nine easy steps.

Step One: Vacuum to Remove Dry Soil From the Rug
The first step is to vacuum the rug. Because dry soil accounts for 95% of the soiling in a rug, carpet, or upholstery, you must start by removing it.

Step Two: Mix the Cleaning Solution
To address the soiling, prepare a gentle cleaning solution. Add one litre of water to a spray bottle and three to four millilitres of dish soap. There are no more than three drops in total! Incorporate 30 ml of rubbing alcohol (IPA) into the solution.

You can use a small soap dish to hold the cleaning agent if you don't have a spray bottle.

Tip: Remember that “Less is More”. You do not want to soak the rug, as this will damage it.

Step Three: Spot Clean and Extract

  1. Ensure that the nozzle on your spray bottle is not set to ultra-wide. The nozzle plays a key role in determining the coverage attained and the amount of spray applied to an area.
  2. Hold the container at about four inches and spritz the area with about 10 ml of the cleaning solution. We don't want to drive moisture down into the base of the rug.
  3. Gently agitate the fibres by brushing the solution through with a stiff brush. The solution will gradually work its way through the stain. Essentially, you want the cleaning agent to emulsify the soil.
  4. Use the wet-dry vacuum and the crevice attachment to remove the soil and moisture.

Step Four: Repeat as Necessary
Repeat step 3 to remove any remaining stains. For stubborn stains, you might have to repeat this process several times.

Step Five: Low-Moisture Clean No. One

  1. Spray the solution uniformly over the entire area of the rug.
  2. The key here is to agitate the fibres. So, grab your brush and sweep in two directions: east to west and then north to south. Repeat this a few times, being careful not to damage the fibres by rough handling them.
  3. Switch to a broader spade attachment for the vacuum and extract the moisture from the rug.

Step Six: Low-Moisture Clean No. Two

  1. Re-spray the rug after the first application.
  2. This time, avoid agitating the fibres.
  3. Use a vacuum to remove moisture.

Step Seven: Low-Moisture Clean No. Three
Repeat step six above.

Step Eight: Extract the Residual Soil

  1. Roll up a clean cotton towel, so it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.
  2. Rub across the fibres from north to south and then east to west to lift the remaining soil. Repeat the process if necessary. But remember to allow the rug to dry before doing so.

Step Nine: Groom the Pile

  1. To make the carpet pile appear uniform, sweep across the rug with a stiff brush in one direction.
  2. Allow the rug to air dry.


Giving your wool rug a regular spot clean and low-moisture clean is essential to keep it looking its best. You can effectively remove stains, dirt, and dust from your rug by following the steps in this guide.

By taking good care of your wool rug, you are investing in maintaining its beauty and comfort for years to come. So, go ahead and give your rug the attention it deserves!

You may be also interested in “How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug at Home.”

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