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We all want our new rug to look good for as long as possible but the reality is dirt and grit is a fact of life and spills and accidents are inevitable. There are, however, some basic measures that can be taken to extend the life of a wool rug and help it look good for longer.
Wool Rug Cleaning Methods
Dry Foam and Absorbent Pad
This is our recommended method. It uses little water to create light detergent foam that is worked into the pile, and then vacuumed out when dry.
This method is most effective when performed by a professional, although many rug cleaning machines may be purchased or rented. The dangers of performing this method on your own involve using too much detergent or water. Some cleaning agents available with rented units leave a heavier residue, so use care or the advice of a professional when choosing a product. Test the product on a small area to check for residue or a sticky feel. Do not use if a residue exists, or if in doubt about a product. Finally, do not use laundry detergents to clean your area rug to avoid possible chemical brighteners.
Synthetic fibers - fine. Wool fibers - No! There are many oxygen cleaners on the market that are environmentally safe and work well for spot cleaning various stains on synthetic fiber area rugs. Most of these cleaners are biodegradable and form oxygen, hydrogen peroxide and soda ash when mixed with water. Soda ash is sodium carbonate and has alkaline properties. Do not use this cleaning method on wool or silk and avoid prolonged skin contact.
We do not recommend using dry powders with plush or deep pile area rug, as the cleaning residue may be difficult to remove. Powder cleaners and deodorizers can cause "Pilling". If the area rug is heavily soiled, we recommend a different procedure or using a professional.
Area Rug Stain Removal
If an area rug becomes spotted or stained, work quickly. When possible, scoop up solids and blot liquids immediately after a spill occurs. Absorb as much liquid as possible with a white cloth or paper towel without scrubbing the area to prevent matting or fuzzing.
Cleaning instruction guide - Spot and stain removal
A...Scoop up any solid matter first.
B...Blot up as much liquid as possible using a clean white absorbent towel or sponge.
C...Clean with the appropriate treatment from the cleaning guide. All cleaning agents should be tested on an inconspicuous area of carpet before use. Apply the cleaning agent to a clean white cloth - not directly to the carpet. Remember that to avoid spreading the stain, start from the outside of the stained area and work towards the centre. Do not rub or scrub your carpet.