HOW TO CLEAN WOOL RUGS WITHOUT A MACHINE

Wool rugs are an excellent investment. They're durable, they last a long time, they are easy to clean and they add warmth and comfort to your home. However, if you don't take good care of your rug, you risk having to replace it sooner than you would like.

Wool rugs need to be cleaned professionally once or twice a year. However, if you want to keep your wool rug looking its best between professional cleanings, here are some tips on how to clean a wool rug at home without using a rug cleaning machine:

There's no better way to keep your rug looking new than by vacuuming it regularly.

Vacuuming is an essential step in caring for any type of flooring. Rugs can accumulate dirt and debris just like any other type of flooring, so vacuuming is one of the most critical steps in keeping them looking their best. The more often you vacuum a rug, the less likely it is that dirt will build up over time and cause damage to your rug's fibers or fringe edges.

Vacuum all sides of the rug — front, back, inside, and outside edges — before dusting with a soft brush or feather duster. This will remove any debris collected in between fibers and prevent them from becoming embedded in them over time. For extra cleaning power, try using an attachment on your vacuum that has brushes instead of bristles and sponges. These will work well for cleaning heavily-soiled areas on the surface of your rug, such as spills or dirt tracked in from outside.

Suppose you have pets or children in your home. In that case, you may need to vacuum your rug more often than others just so that pet hair does not build up so much over time which could eventually lead to matting down on the surface of your rug, where dirt can become trapped between fibers causing stains on your beautiful wool rug!

Wool is naturally water-resistant and durable, so it's usually not necessary to wash your wool rug more than once or twice per year — unless there are stains and spills. In between washings, you can use dry cleaning products. However, do not use steam cleaners or other equipment to clean your rug. The heat from these machines can damage the fibers and cause them to lose their natural luster.

You should always spot treat stains on your rugs as soon as possible after they happen to prevent staining from setting in permanently into the fibers of your rug. Use an upholstery cleaner or carpet stain remover to remove stains from spills like coffee or wine during dinner parties or family get-togethers. Blot up as much liquid as possible with paper towels before treating the area with an upholstery cleaner or carpet stain remover. Dab rather than rub the area so you don't push the stain further into the rug's fibers.

You can also spot clean it using a solution of warm water and dish soap in a spray bottle. You can then blot up any excess water with paper towels or dry towels until no more wet spots remain on your rug.

You should never use harsh chemicals on wool because they can damage the fibers and cause fading over time.

If all else fails, consider having professionals come out and clean your rug professionally rather than trying to do it yourself. You want to keep your rug clean, yet avoid damaging it.

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Bihter Ege Baskin

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