How Can You Clean a Wool Rug?


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To clean a wool rug, vacuum the rug, and scrub it with a mild cleanser. You need a vacuum, a garden hose or shower head, a mild cleanser, a bucket, a sponge and towels. Do not use cleansers that contain bleach, oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, alkaline or dry powder.

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  1. Vacuum the rug

    Set the vacuum's brush to a high setting, and make sure the bag or canister is less than half-full. Vacuum both sides of the rug thoroughly in a V pattern.

  2. Wet the rug

    Bring the rug outside or into your shower. Wet the rug with a garden hose or shower head.

  3. Scrub the rug

    Fill a bucket with cold water. Mix 1/4 cup of a mild cleanser with the water. Use a sponge to spread the cleanser across the surface of the rug.

  4. Rinse the rug

    Read the instructions on the bottle of the cleanser. If it states that it does not need to be rinsed, do not rinse the cleanser off the rug. Otherwise, use the garden hose or shower head to rinse the rug clean.

  5. Dry the rug

    Lay the rug flat on a clean surface. Lay the towels along the entire surface of the rug to absorb the moisture. Roll up the rug and the towels together to squeeze the excess moisture into the towels. Unroll the rug and remove the towels. Lay the rug out in the sun to dry.

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