wool rug

 A woollen rug or carpet is one of the best investments you can make in your home as it not only gives you warmth, but it also adds value to your home decor. They usually last long and can easily match with any home design. Most manufacturers use a fibre that’s natural, durable, soft, and renewable. As a result, the rug has a natural tendency to accumulate dirt and grime in its fibres.

Maintaining it regularly will ensure the dirt does not accumulate, keeping your rug looking new and clean for as long as you keep it.

Caring and Maintaining a Wool Rug

Wool rugs repel stains and water. They tend to hold up well in areas with high traffic, whether a long welcoming runner in your hallway or a wall-to-wall rug. Keeping dirt at bay in those areas would require making a no-shoe policy in your house to prevent dirt outside from getting in.

Using a rug pad under it is also important, regardless of where you place the rug. Rug pads prevent wear and tear, and they also provide traction to avoid it sliding out of place. Moreover, they offer extra insulation. The padding needs to be at least one-fourth of an inch thick and approximately two inches smaller than the rug.

Cleaning the Rug Step-by-step

A wool rug is deep cleaned in 7 steps. You can either hire a professional or clean it yourself. Professionals are mostly recommended to clean wall-to-wall carpeting.

The first step to cleaning a rug is dusting. On a sunny day, hang the rug over a sturdy clothesline or a solid surface and hit it repeatedly using a broom, rug beater, or tennis racket to loosen the dirt that is deeply embedded.

You can also remove the rug pad and shake it while cleaning the flooring underneath the rug. The next steps involve vacuuming, washing with a gentle detergent, scrubbing lightly, rinsing, blotting, and letting it dry.

Vacuuming the Rug

Maintaining the rug’s fibres requires regular vacuuming. Do not be alarmed when your new wool rug sheds fibres as the wool is naturally woven; hence, the rug cannot become bare. The shedding will diminish if your vacuum has a Dyson HEPA filter.  This filter can effectively lift the dirt and dust that is embedded in the rug.

Vacuuming the rug in a V action helps in alternating the direction of the vacuum and preventing the fibres of the wool rug from crushing. Also, consider setting the vacuum at a high height to prevent the rug from getting excessive agitation. The rug could get agitated by piling, shrinkage, and overall damage to the wool fibres.

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