How to Properly Clean Your Rug

Whether you are a clean freak or not, your rugs are precious and need to be cleaned just like anything in your home. After all, rugs can harbor bacteria and weird odor. Wool rugs specifically are a great choice they deter bacteria and repel stains, but just because they can repel stains, doesn’t mean they can’t get stained at all. In this article, I will share my experience on how to clean a wool rug, sheepskin, and a jute rug.

How to Clean a Wool Rug

Materials & Tools you will need:

  • rug beater/broom
  • spray bottle
  • sponge
  • paper towel
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • rubbing alcohol
  • vacuum
  • dry carpet cleaner/DIY
  • wool carpet cleaner
  • carpet refresher/powder
  • drying kit

Fresh Spills on the Rugs

I will talk about spills first because maybe you are looking at how to tackle spillage. If there is mud on your wool carpet maybe your children or if you don’t have kids maybe even you or the dog tracked it in, wait for the mud to dry.

The reason being is because I lived out in the country, I tracked mud on my rug one time and I freaked out at first trying to mess with the mud while it was wet but I only made my job harder.

Get Rid Off Any Solid Particles

Beat the Rug

This is optional, but I recommend you go outside with your rug that way, you won’t have any of the dirt that is coming from the rug in your house.

Take your rug beater (you can find these on Amazon) or if you don’t have one, a broom works just fine.

Hang your rug o then begin to beat at the rug like a pinata. Yes, I’m serious. This will help lift any dirt or particles.

Beat it until you don’t see anything flying out anymore.

Vacuum

Now, you can go back into your home and lay the rug where it was and vacuum it. Make sure it lays flat. Vacuuming your rug ensures weird, foreign, or hard pieces from getting in the way of the cleaning process.

If your wool rug only needs a light cleaning, then all you need is some dry shampoo to refresh it.

Want to temporarily fix an odor, sprinkle on carpet refresher or power, You can get some from Amazon or Walmart.

Remove Pet Stains

Pets, we love them.

Take 1/4 white vinegar and mix it with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. Spray this on the spot and start blotting with either a paper towel or a cloth.

You will notice the stain starts to lift and when this happens, blot with a dry cloth or paper towel

Don’t oversaturate your wool rug because wool can take very long to dry. Mold or mildew can form this way.

Clean Off Coffee and Wine Stains

Put some water on the stain and blot at it with a paper towel, this will help with getting some of it up. If the stain is still visible, take some vinegar to the stain and also blot with a paper towel

The most popular stains of them all, wine stains. Get some cold water to use this to dilute the stain and blot with a paper towel until no more of the stain comes out

You can also mix some water and baking soda and apply this to the stain.

Let it dry, then vacuum the area. If the stain is still there, repeat the process.

How to Clean a Sheep Skin Rug

You can definitely machine wash sheepskin rugs. Make sure the water temperature though isn’t 100 degrees. Put your machine on the gentlest setting. Don’t throw it in the dryer, let it air dry.

If you just have loose crumbs or particles on your sheepskin rug, then you can vacuum it but make sure the head that detaches doesn’t rotate.

Please don’t use Woolite. This will ruin your sheepskin rug.

How to Clean a Jute Rug

When owning a jute rug, make sure whenever there is a spillage or stain just make sure to clean it up right then in there. Don’t wait

Use a mild detergent or dish soap. Never rub, always blot.

Avoid using water on jute rugs and regularly vacuum it.

Cleaning a jute rug follows the same principles as mentioned above cleaning the wool rug. Instead of using water to pick up stains though, I recommend using club soda because the acidity in the club soda will get rid of the stain fast!

Use a hairdryer or drying kit to dry and that’s it! Hope you learned something and Happy rug cleaning!