Special types of rugs require special cleaning care. Wool rugs in particular have to be cleaned with special care. Wool is a natural fiber, so using just any carpet cleaning solution may cause permanent damage. Take a look at the list below to determine what kind of wool rug you have and then follow the suggestions below for proper care.
- Woven or braided rugs: These rugs are very delicate and we recommend that you have a professional rug cleaner take these out of the home to a facility that can control the cleaning environment.
- Handmade, hand-knotted, antique, and Oriental rugs: Vacuum a new Oriental rug as you would carpet and wool area rugs. Use special care with delicate vintage or antique rugs.Have these rugs professionally cleaned once a year. Rotate rugs to ensure even wear; direct exposure to sun will cause fading.Note: When buying antique rugs, learn as much as you can from the seller about the rug's fiber content and construction.
- Coir, sisal, rush, and grass rugs: Rugs made from these natural fibers feature an open weave that allows dirt to sift through to the floor beneath. Vacuum frequently, removing the rug occasionally to vacuum the floor, as well. Many of these rugs are reversible; if so, flip every time you vacuum for even wear.To clean stains or discolorations on a room-size natural-fiber rug, leave it in place. Protect the floor beneath it with a plastic drop cloth and towel. Scrub the stains with a soft brush dipped in soapy water. Rinse with clear water. Place a towel over the wet area. Blot the cleaned spot as dry as possible. Use a portable fan or hair dryer to speed drying. Move small rugs to a protected table or counter to clean. Water weakens the fibers, so work quickly and dry thoroughly to extend the life of these rugs.Some natural-fiber rugs are constructed in squares that are sewn together. Buy a few extra squares or a smaller size of the same rug. If a rug square becomes irrevocably stained, clip the threads that hold it in place and replace with a new square. Hand-stitch it in place with heavy-duty carpet thread.
Washing and drying small rugs. Consult care labels for small rugs to determine whether they should be dry-cleaned, spot-cleaned, or have a professional wool rug cleaning service care for this. A dry-cleaning-only label might indicate that a rug is not colorfast. Test before spot-cleaning.
Area rugs will benefit from a deep cleaning every 12" -18 months. Professional wool rug cleaning can usually be done on site at your home, but depending on the rug, may have to be taken to a wool rug cleaning facility.
Time is of the essence when your rug becomes stained. Remember to blot -- not rub -- the stain and remove moisture from spills as quickly as possible. Our wool rug cleaning technicians at KleenSmart in Huntington Beach, Ca.92648 have over 20 years of wool rug cleaning experience. In addition to wool rugs, we also provide expert carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and tile cleaning. For your wool rug cleaning needs call KleenSmart in Huntington Beach Ca. 92648 at: 1-562-260-1326.