Cleaning an All-Wool Oriental Rug

CassandraApril 15, 2007

What's the best way to clean a wool oriental rug? My two rugs are good quality machine made and get little traffic. I vacuum them regularly and wipe up any spills immediately. I'd like to deep clean them every so often but I'm suspicious of the spray on foam-type cleaners. It seems to me they just add a layer of sticky goop and don't really clean. I'd like to clean them myself--not hire professionals. Any advice appreciated, and thanks.

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The best advice is "don't"....if you don't want to hire a pro, they will be a lot better and stay cleaner if you do nothing....just keep vacuuming well, turn them over on a hard surface, with the pile down and vacuum the back with an upright with a beater will be surprised at what shakes out!
Wool is self cleaning....that is the wool ised for carpets is coarse...slippery and stuff doesn't stick to the fibers.
My mother would occasionally take a damp cloth, dampened in a very weak vinegar solution and wipe the rugs with the grain of the weave...she felt better about it.
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 5:37PM
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Linda, this seems like good advice. Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 9:55AM
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Is dry cleaning bad for them. I think that is what I would do but the advice above sounds good.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2007 at 9:59PM
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Only if you don't have a cleaner expecienced in fine hand made oriental rugs is it bad.
I remember when I was a kid, the Oriental rug dealer always had a rug out on the sidewalk for passersby to walk on. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I fell in love with them...and realize how sturdy they really are.
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 20, 2007 at 5:59PM
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Before you wipe down a rug with a weak vinegar solution....know what the dyes are. One of my rugs a Hamadan, is made with vegetable dyes ( at least I think that's what they are) that run when wet. Before you do anything, take a damp cloth and wipe one colored spot to see if any dye comes off on the white cloth.
Perhaps my rug has been redyed? Don't know...
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 20, 2007 at 6:03PM
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I take mine to a professional rug launderer - very rarely. Otherwise just vacuum and spot clean with plain water. Occasionally I spot clean with a Stainmaster rug cleaning kit but not very often. I have dark patterned rugs for a reason - so they don't show stains.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 6:33PM
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