How To Clean A Wool Carpet (in 7 Steps)

By Gladys K. Connelly Updated December 20, 2020

The supplies, steps, and tips to use for a cleaner wool carpet

How To Clean A Wool Carpet (in 7 Steps)

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the best way to clean a wool carpet in 2021.

Through this article, you’ll learn the material you’ll need to use, when it is the best time to proceed and the precise procedure to clean a wool carpet.

So, if you want to make your wool carpet last longer and look cleaner, you’ll love today’s guide.

Then let’s get started.

What you’ll need

How often to clean a wool carpet?

You might be wondering how long the interval between your cleaning sessions should be. Well, for wool carpets, it depends on when you laid it down, and how much foot traffic it gets.

In the first week of installation, your carpet will need regular vacuuming every other day.


So you can remove whatever lint and dust may still be clinging to your carpet after installation. On the other hand, once your carpet has made it past the one week mark, vacuum it 2-3 times weekly.

You see… You need to ensure you also get the areas that do not get so much traffic.

Think about it. Even when you can’t see it, dust and dirt still settle on those areas of your carpet. Passing your vacuum over those areas should suffice.

Nevertheless, you’ll have to use a different approach for higher traffic areas. Allow your vacuum run over these parts about 5-7 times.

Steps to Deep Clean

In my own experience, the occasional deep clean helps increase the longevity of your carpet. It turns out this is especially true if you have wall-to-wall wool carpeting.

You might want to consider a “no shoes on the carpet” rule to reduce the interval between each cleaning.

1.Dust the dirt out

It’s a good idea to schedule your cleaning around summer. When the weather is sunny, so you don’t stand the risk of getting your carpet wet.

Now proceed to hang your area rug on a strong clothesline that can support its weight. In case you’re wondering why this is necessary, it’s so you don’t get any more dust in the house.

To be clear… You’re going to beat the dirt out with a beater bar or a broom.

But wait. Don’t forget to wear a nose mask while doing this, so you don’t inhale any of the dust.

Also, clean the dirt underneath your carpet’s original location.

2.Vacuuming Regularly

Now you can move on to the second step, but first, you’ll have to bring in your carpet. Ensure the area you’re using is free from moisture.

I’ve found that broad flat surfaces like a deck, garage, or kitchen floor work just fine. To make things easier, turn the carpet on its back, so the wrong side is facing up and vacuum that part first.

Following that… Turn it over so you can conveniently vacuum the other side as well.

3.Making a gentle detergent solution

If you’re wondering why I asked you to get two buckets, you’re about to find out. You’re going to fill both of them up with water. I prefer to use warm water because it’s better at removing bacteria.

By now, you’ve guessed that you will mix your gentle cleaning solution in only one of the buckets. A tablespoon or two of your wool wash detergent should be enough.

Otherwise, if you make your carpet cleaning solution, you can add that as well.

4.Light scrubbing

All good, right? Now, remember those sponges I mentioned earlier? You need them in this step.

You see, when you start scrubbing, always work from one end to the other for a neater job. The problem is that without squeezing out the excessive moisture in the sponge, your carpet would get over-wet.

Here’s what I do: I work with imaginary square grids of about three feet and squeeze the water and dirt out occasionally while working.

5.Wash away the lather

After your light scrubbing is complete, it’s time to rinse away the lather. Skipping this step can render all your efforts useless.

Why? Unwashed detergent in your wool fibers can and will attract more stains. To put it simply, use the clean bucket of water and a clean towel to remove all the sud.

6.Remove the moisture

As I said earlier, too much moisture is bad for your rug. Now you’re going to have to make use of the old towel mentioned under the needed supplies.

What do you do now? Use the towel to blot up the moisture. Do this on the entire surface of the rug.

7.Allow to Dry

Last but not least, allow your carpet to dry. I recommend you waiting for it to dry completely before attaching it back to the rug pad.

To speed up the process, you can hang it out or elevate it for better air circulation.

8.Using a steamer for your carpet

Don’t worry. This is a step that you should carry out only once a year. In fact, you won’t need to bother with the previous seven steps.

You can even contact a professional carpet cleaner to steam clean your carpet.

Note that your furniture has to stay off the carpet for at least a day, or till it is completely dry.

How to remove stains from Wool Carpet

In this chapter, I’ll be covering the basics of how to remove stains from your wool carpet.

1.Act fast

By now, you should know that time is of the essence with stains. To put it simply, don’t let food or drinks sit on your carpet for too long.

Pack up liquids and blot out liquids with dry paper towels (1).

Here’s something you should know, plain warm water is the best if you don’t have any wool detergent.(2)

2.Using solutions on your carpet

In the case of pet mishaps on your carpet, you can use a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Why those two? Well, baking soda removes the odor, and white vinegar disinfects the stain.

To round off a mixture of wool detergent and vinegar wipes out water-based stains like coffee. In comparison, you can remove stubborn stains like lipstick and oil using turpentine.

Tips and Warning

Apart from the steps I’ve outlined above, there are a couple of tips and warnings you should know about:

  • As you know, in wool rug cleaning, it’s essential to be quick in removing fresh stains, but don’t rub blot.
  • Also, dab the stain with a white cloth and never pour remover directly on the stain.
  • Finally, never use cleaners with lightening effects such as bleach on any colored carpet.


Now I’d Like to Know what you think…

I hope you found this guide on how to do it yourself helpful.

Or maybe you want to hire a professional to do the job now?

Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment below right now.

About the Author

Gladys K. Connelly

As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.

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