How to Spot Clean a Wool Rug
If you’ve just noticed a spot on your precious wool rug, don’t panic! Spot cleaning wool rugs can seem like a daunting task but with the right guidance and supplies, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an overview of how to spot clean a wool rug without damaging the fabric or leaving any trace of the stain behind.
Cleaning Agents for Spot Removal
Cleaning agents used on wool require an unbuffered pH of 8.0 or below. To ensure a cleaning agent is safe for use on your wool carpets and rugs, look for the WoolSafe logo. This logo signifies that the product has been scientifically tested and is approved as being safe and effective for cleaning wool carpets.
A product we highly recommend is the WoolClean Carpet Spot Removal Kit. Keep one on hand for quick response to spills and accidents. A WoolClean kit can be purchased at The Rug Gallery, directly from the company, or on Amazon.
Mix one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkali) with a cup of lukewarm water or use WoolClean Spot Remover #1 from the WoolClean Spot Removal Kit. Once the stain has been treated with this solution, the spot must be well rinsed with fresh water.
- Some chemicals are hazardous (corrosive, flammable, toxic, etc.). They should be used with great care strictly in accordance with their use and safety instructions.
- Do not apply cleaning products that contain solvents, or Spot Remover #2 (from the WoolClean Spot Removal Kit) to bonded carpets—where the pile is bonded to the backing rather than tufted or woven.
- When applying Spot Remover #2 or other solvent-based cleaners ensure the areas are well ventilated.
- Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone as these can accelerate carpet soiling. (Some carpet manufacturers will not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used).
- Always pre-test a cleaning agent in an inconspicuous place to ensure it doesn’t affect the color of your carpet.
Treatment by Type of Stain
Find the type of stain on the chart and follow the corresponding steps based on the letters below.
A: Blot with cold water.
B: Treat with detergent solution or WoolClean Spot Remover #1.
C: Treat with mineral spirits, turpentine, or WoolClean Spot Remover #2.
D: Chill with an aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.
E: Blot with warm water.
F: Treat with clear nail polish remover (preferably acetone).
G: Treat with isopropyl alcohol.
H: Apply rust remover.
I: Sprinkle absorbent powder (e.g. salt, talc, or WoolClean Absorb-It)
J: Treat with a dry compound cleaner such as Host or Capture.
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