How to care for your wool rug

Tips to help with cleaning and maintaining wool rugs

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Merino wool is a popular choice by designers and home owners for floor rugs in both homes and commercial spaces due to its ability to withstand high foot traffic and furniture while still looking polished and feeling great underfoot. Like Merino wool carpets, rugs will benefit from ongoing cleaning and intermittent maintenance to keep them looking their best for the life of the rug. Here’s how to do it.

WEEKLY

Merino wool rugs should be vacuumed once per week to prevent any build up of dirt in the pile of the rug, which will eventually cause long-term damage to the rug.

MONTHLY

While Merino wool is naturally static resistant and so will attract less dust than other synthetic materials, it’s beneficial to intermittently to take your rug outside to shake off any dust or dirt that might have become trapped in the pile. Take it far away enough from your home so the dust does not end up back inside and hang it somewhere you can give it a good bang with a broom handle or similar.

AS NEEDED

The natural protective outer layer of Merino wool will help to prevent stains from being absorbed into you rug however it is still important to deal with any marks or stains on your rug as soon as possible after they have occurred. Different cleaning solutions are more suitable for different types of stains, see the range here. Just be sure to follow the instructions of whichever product you choose, carefully and test a small area first to avoid damaging your rug. Always dab a stain, never scrub or you will make the stain worse rather than better. Any dampness caused by cleaning should be removed as quickly as possible by dabbing with a towel or hanging out in the sun.

ANNUALLY

Vacuuming and spot cleaning will keep your Merino wool rug looking and feeling great for the long term and a professional clean each year or so will prolong it’s life and keep it looking beautiful for even longer. If hiring a professional cleaning machine, always follow the instructions carefully. When choosing a cleaning company make sure they are reputable and approved to work with Merino wool.

 

Illustration: Barry Allen Patenaude

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