One of the most frequently asked questions is “What should I use to spot clean my wool rug?”. My first response is “Don’t use carpet spotters purchased in your local grocery store”. Carpet spotters are made for synthetic fibers which 99% of all carpeting is manufactured with.

The safest bet is to purchase a product that has been certified safe by a company called  Woolsafe. Manufactures pay Woolsafe to undergo tests for spotters and cleaners developed to clean and wash wool products. Once the products have been deemed safe, the wool-safe logo can be attached to the product label.

OK, now that you have purchased a wool-safe product, you need to complete a colorfast check before using the spotter on your rug. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but you still need to test the product on your rug before using it. Many hand knotted area rugs are not colorfast and it would be a very unpleasant surprise for you to see your treasured area rug bleed before your eyes.

Apply the spotter to a clean white cotton cloth in an inconspicuous area of the rug, not necessarily the spot you intend on removing. With some pressure, but no movement, allow the product to make contact for a minute or so. Make sure contact is made to all the colors you will be applying the spotter to. Remember, just because one color is fast does not mean other colors are. If you get any color transfer from the rug to the cotton cloth, STOP and call a certified rug cleaning expert. The following procedures can be followed if your rug is colorfast.

1. Apply your rug spotter to a clean white cotton cloth, not the rug.
2. Blot the spot toward the center of the stain and avoid scrubbing in a circular motion as this could cause permanent texture distortion and fuzzing.

If you’re not successful, call a rug cleaning expert.

Art Thomas
Owner/ Steam Sweepers LLC