How to Clean (and maintain) a Wool Rug or Carpet

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Maintain your craftsman style rug with this comprehensive guide from Modern Bungalow Craftsman Home Store


Wool Carpet Fringe Corner

Maintain Your Wool Rug

Arts and crafts style rugs are a beautiful addition to any home and like any great piece of functional art require basic upkeep to retain their color and feel. A few key points:

  • Vacuum regularly

  • Remove and treat spills and stains immediately for best results

  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned as necessary, no more than once a year


Vacuuming is the most important maintenance step in maintaining your wool carpet. This should be done at least once a week and particularly in heavy traffic areas like walkways and in front of chairs or couches. A regular vacuuming routine will remove dirt particles, soil, and other solids before they have a chance to become embedded. Remember, there is no such thing as too much vacuuming and you should start this routine the day you install the carpet. Vacuuming is a wool carpet’s best friend!







“What type of vacuum should i use to clean a wool carpet?”

The type of vacuum you use will depend on the type of wool carpet. For cut pile carpet an upright or canister type vacuum with a rotating beater/brush is best. For a loop pile Berber carpet a suction-only vacuum is preferable to prevent excess fuzzing.


Cut Pile vs Loop Pile Graphic


Wool Carpet Spot Removal

Finding a spot or a small stain on your craftsman Prairie or Mission style rug can be a stressful moment. Luckily, most stains can be dealt with using one of three methods (see chart below). Use a white paper towel or an absorbent cloth to blot up liquids and scoop up solids with the end of a knife or a spoon before treating according to the chart. *Recipe for DIY detergent solution below chart.

Wool Rug Spot Removal Chart

DIY Detergent Solution Recipe

Extending the Life of Your Rug

We’ve already mentioned that a regular vacuum routine is your carpet’s best friend. If you truly want to extend your carpet’s life, try these simple steps:


  • Exercise preventative maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home
  • Regularly replace filters in your home’s air conditioning system
  • Periodically clean traffic lanes and in front of frequently used chairs with an absorbent powder (Host®, Capture®, and Dri-Matic®)
  • Keep a WoolClean Carpet Spot Removal Kit handy for quick response to spills
  • When having your wool carpet professionally cleaned, always use a reputable company and check references

Absorbant carpet or rug mat

Now you have it. Everything you need to know about how to clean your wool rug or carpet and maintain it for a long life. Plenty of vacuuming, quick response to spills, and preventative maintenance will all work together to extend the life of your rugs and carpets and keep them vibrant and soft for many generations.

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