So you have bought a wool area rug for your house! Congratulations! Now what? Wool area rugs are always a good investment choice.  They are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and fit within any home’s design and décor.  But, cleaning them can be a daunting task.  Many wool area rugs can be damaged in a cleaning process if you try cleaning them yourself.  Some wool area rugs can actually look or smell worse after a cleaning when you try cleaning them yourself. 

a pile of wool area rugs.

Professional area rug cleaners may cost more, but they have the experience and knowledge to take care of your area rug and keep it looking pristine. 

But, if you are looking to take on the task of cleaning your wool area rug on your own, here are a few tips to put into practice. 

How often should you clean your wool area rug?

The first question to answer about cleaning your wool area rug is how often should you clean it? Because of the thickness of the natural wool fibers, dust and grime is more likely to collect in your wool area rug.  Regular maintenance not only helps to keep your area rug looking good, but it can increase your rug’s lifespan as well. 

A good rule of thumb is to, at the very least, vacuum your rug.  You want to vacuum your rug often enough to keep up with the dirt and grime that accumulates, but not so often that you damage your rug.  Usually, about twice a month will do the trick.  But, the number of times you need to vacuum could vary depending on several factors. 

vacuuming a wool area rug
Foot Traffic:

The greater the foot traffic over your rug, the more your will need to vacuum it.

Location: This goes along with foot traffic.  If your rug sits in an area with higher foot traffic, vacuum it more often.


Do you have pets? If so, you may need to vacuum your rug 4 to 7 times during a month’s time.

If you are more careful than most people with your area rugs, you may not even need to vacuum it once per month.  For instance, if you have no pets, no spills and don’t walk with shoes on your rugs, then you could go longer between vacuuming.

Besides regularly vacuuming your wool area rugs, the IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate) recommends getting professional help with your wool area rugs at least once per year.  Having your wool area rugs cleaned by professionals is the best way to clean your area rugs.

Tips for How to Clean a Wool Area Rug by Yourself 

I know there are so many of us out there that prefer to do it ourselves.  It does not matter how many people recommend going straight to the professional or how many times we screw it up first.  We still want to try ourselves.  I, myself, will mess something up a few times before calling in the professionals.  We want to help you! So here is a list of things you can try on your own to clean your wool area rug.  Hopefully, by taking these steps on your own, you won’t do any damage while trying to clean your wool area rug.  But if you do, or if you don’t trust yourself to do it right, just call us! We are here to professionally deep clean all your area rugs.

Tip #1: Vacuum

Regularly vacuum your rugs.  We talked about the frequency of vacuuming before.  When you do vacuum your wool area rugs, be sure that the height of your vacuum is set high. The higher setting helps protect the fibers of your wool area rug from the vacuum causing damage.

Every so often (about every two months) flip the area rug over and vacuum the back of it as well.  This helps get even more dirt and grime out of the fibers. 

Tip #2: Shaking

Another thing to try instead of vacuuming is shaking.  Take the rugs outside and shake the dirt out of them. Shake it out for about 30 seconds to a minute.  If the weather is clear, hang your rug out in the sunshine for a little while to let it air out so that any trapped in smells have a chance to clear out.      

beating a wool area rug with a broom
hanging a wool area rug in the fresh air to freshen up smells
Tip #3: Steam Cleaning

This is actually a DON’T do it yourself tip.  Steam cleaning is not for wool area rugs.  First of all, you should never wet your entire wool area rug at home.  There is no way for you to get all the moisture out and dry it fast enough to prevent mold and mildew.  At Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, we have highly specialized equipment that gets the moisture completely out of your rug to leave it fresh and mildew free. 

Tip #4: Rotating

Rotate your rug.  Rotating your rug is an important, simple step you can take to maximize the life of wool area rug.  Rotating your rug prevents discoloration, matting from frequent foot traffic and excessive dirt in one spot.  When a rug is partially covered by furniture, the covered portion of the rug will stay cleaner than the exposed portion.  Simply rotate your rugs once every six months or so.

Tip #5: Spot Cleaning

Spills and accidents happen to all of us and to most rugs.  The biggest thing when it comes to spot cleaning is getting to the stain immediately. Most stains begin to completely set in after only 15 minutes.  So it’s important to get to the accident or spill quickly.  There are many different household products you can try to remove stains. The important part of working on spots on your own is to be sure to completely remove any product you may use.  Leaving products behind can attract more dirt.  And also, like I mentioned before, it’s imperative to remove all moisture from your rug.  Too much moisture or not drying quick enough is a sure way to ruin a good wool rug. 

Let the professionals at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa Work on Cleaning your Wool Area Rugs

While there are some steps you can take on your own to clean and protect the life of your wool area rugs, the best bet is to always call the professionals.  A professional deep clean is recommended at least once per year, possibly more if your area rug is used in a heavy traffic area or if you have messy pets or kids. 

At Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, we have the best equipment and process to professionally deep clean all of your area rugs. We specialize not just in wool area rugs, but any other type of area rug you may have as well. 

If you have any tile and grout or carpet steam cleaning needs – be sure to call our friends at Solid Ground Carpet Cleaning or Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa.  Either company will take the best care of all your other steam cleaning needs.