Cleaning Wool Rugs in Your Local Area by Rug Rangers

Cleaning Wool Rugs in Your Local Area by Rug Rangers

Wool rugs are one of the most luxurious and wonderful investments you can ever have for your home. These are very popular as stylish accessories in the home, and cleaning is a practical consideration when deciding on a rug for your home. You want to ensure the rug you choose fits your lifestyle so that you can realistically maintain it as needed. It will be well worth the effort, care, and attention to have a clean, beautiful rug displayed in your home. 

Natural wool rug cleaning and maintenance are usually relatively simple to accomplish as wool is naturally stain resistant, but then again it may always need a professional cleaning every once in a while to get dust and grime out. 

However, wool Oriental rugs, with their rich colors, may require more testing for color bleeds before professional rug cleaners attempt to clean them. When a thorough clean is necessary, both wool Oriental and natural wool contemporary area rugs benefit from knowledgeable, professional and experienced area rug cleaners.

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Natural Wool Area Rugs

Natural wool rugs, such as those made from 100% New Zealand wool fibers, are often more subtle than Persian and Oriental rugs. The colors of natural wool area rugs are subdued, muted and neutral, not bright, vibrant and bold, as those of Oriental area rugs. Often, these area rugs are available in only one color. The patterns, if any, are very simple and straightforward, not intricate and elaborate. Natural wool area rugs are all about simplicity: simplicity of design, color, and style. They are, however, very practical and are usually easy to take care of, since wool area rugs are naturally stain-resistant.

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Vacuuming Wool Rugs

When dust, dirt and other debris rubs against the fibers of a wool rug, they can cause significant damage. Therefore, it's important to use a high-quality vacuum in order to remove all debris regularly. Treat your wool rug as you would treat regular carpeting, and be mindful that in the first few years, your woolen rug may shed extra wool fibers leftover from weaving.

To keep your wool rug looking stunningly gorgeous, here are some other tips:

  1. Vacuum height should be set to high so that the rotating brush can't excessively agitate the rug. If the rug is agitated too much, it will damage the wool fibers and lead to pilling - or even shrinkage.
  2. The brushes on the beater bar should gently touch the rug during vacuuming. Brushing will help in effectively removing deep-down dirt, but it won't agitate the fibers too much.
  3. For more effective suction, keep the vacuum bag or canister less than half-full.
  4. Move the vacuum in a 'V' path instead of back and forth, in a straight line. Just alternate the direction of the vacuum's path, since it prevents the soft fibers from being crushed.
  5. Don't forget that you can turn the wool rugs upside down and you can also vacuum the back as well.

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Annually, wool rugs should get a thorough cleaning in order to remove the grime and dirt that vacuums can't get to. This brightens up the rug, giving it a brand-new appearance, and it will prolong the life of your wool rug.

The wool tends to absorb more water than other synthetic fibers, making them a challenge to dry and (in the case of area rugs) may be heavy and difficult to maneuver. Additionally, there are carpet cleaners that may have too much alkaline for wool fibers to handle. The cleaner that you use needs to be at the right pH levels so that your wool rug won't be stained brown.

It's important to note that carpet manufacturers recommend that you take your wool carpet for professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months; though if you have indoor pets, have children who tend to spill sticky substances on the carpet, or if there's any oil or dirt being tracked into the house, you may need to have it cleaned more often.