Wool rugs make perfect hand-me-down items as they last for ages if taken proper care of. Even after years of use, they offer good support to your feet and your body.
Rugs made from wool do shed and shedding is a natural process but there are correct ways of dealing with it. In this article, we will talk about the best ways to stop a wool rug from shedding. We will also provide you with tips on how to make your wool rugs last longer.
Methods to Stop a Wool Rug from Shedding
Newly bought rugs shed as if there is no tomorrow! Have patience and read further to know exactly how to deal with it. The shedding might reduce within a span of three to four months but it won’t entirely stop. Here are some ways you can get rid of the excessive shedding of wool rugs.
Use a vacuum cleaner:
A vacuum cleaner is your best friend and your worst enemy when it comes to rugs in general. Vacuum cleaners come with various attachments and suction levels that it is almost impossible not to damage woolen rugs. Follow these steps to help your carpet make it through this difficult journey.
- Move away all the furniture and other items laying over the rug.
- Go down on your knees and with your palm, gently, go over the rug. Go in circular patterns.
- Collect all the loose wool by shaping them into a ball. Please do not pluck or pull the rug fibres as this may do permanent damage to the look of the carpet.
- Repeat this process and cover the entire area.
- Now, it’s vacuum time! Select an attachment that has short and soft bristles. It doesn’t really matter if the attachment does not have any bristles.
- Switch on the machine and turn it down to the lowest suction power possible. Use your palm to check whether the suction power is adequate enough not to damage the rug.
- Before you start vacuuming, make sure that there is some distance between the bristles and the surface of the rug. Turn the beater bars off. Never expose the rug to too much heat. Wool doesn’t share a healthy relationship with heat nor liquids.
- Do not use a hard bristled vacuum attachment or a hard bristled brush. Using any kind of rough item can ruin the look and feel of the rug.
- After vacuuming the entire rug, shake off any wool that is still on the rug.
Make sure you vacuum your rugs at least once a week, if not twice. If you spill any fluids on the rug, make sure to clean it as soon as possible. This will not only make the cleaning job easy but also reduce the chances of stains occurring on the surface.
Use a fibre protector to slow down the shedding process. As mentioned before, you cannot entirely stop the shedding but using fibre protectors help you ease your job. Fibre protectors not only slow down the process of shedding but also makes your rug less prone to any type of stains. They form a layer, covering the rug and don’t allow any liquid to get absorbed into the surface. It is almost like pouring water on plastic surfaces.
Use a rug beater:
Need some arm exercise? Want to take out all the aggression off of your body? Get yourself a rug beater and start beating the rug. But wait, there are some steps you need to take to make sure you do not do any damage to your rug.
- Move all the furniture away and take your rug to an open area.
- Make sure you have ropes to hang the rug or a really tall human being to hold the carpet up for you.
- Shake the rug to get rid of the loose wool.
- Start beating and make sure you’re aiming in the right area. Just saying…
- Beat until your arms get tired. Just kidding. You can stop when you see nothing coming loose from the rug.
A good quality padding:
A carpet padding is something you place between the floor and the carpet. It helps to keep the rug in its place and avoids direct contact with the floor. A good quality padding provides good support to your feet and your body. When there is less friction between the floor and the carpet there is less wear and tear of the carpet. Hence, having good carpet padding can go a long way in slowing down the shedding process.
Tips to take Proper Care of Your Wool Rug
Rotate your rug often:
Rotating your rug can minimize the damage done by heavy items that lay on it. Make sure to do it at least once in two weeks to even out the wear and tear caused by furniture legs.
There is no need to wash and deep clean carpets more than once or twice a year. It is necessary to at least keep the surface clean so as to avoid dirt from getting collected between the fibres of the carpet. Using a vacuum cleaner is the best and the easiest option to get rid of dry dust and lose wool but make sure the beater bars are turned off.
Harsh chemicals and hard bristled brushes are a big no when it comes to rugs made of wool. Heavy duty carpet cleaners might ruin your carpet altogether. Before you purchase any kind of carpet cleaner, read the description and find out whether they are meant for wool rugs or not. Here is a list of some ways to clean stains on the wool carpet:
- Plain lukewarm water for easy stains.
- Baking soda and white vinegar
- Wool detergent, white vinegar, and lukewarm water
Make your friends and family remove their shoes before they even enter your room. Any dirt or dust on the floor takes very little time to enter the fibres of the carpet. Broom away dust on a regular basis if you keep your windows open all the time.
We know, it doesn’t make sense to have less traffic in a room that has a beautiful rug lying on the floor. The point is, it would no longer be beautiful if you had people walking all over it, all the time. It is advisable to have your rug lying in that part of the room where nobody really walks to.
You can definitely have pets roaming around the house but please spare your precious carpets. It is almost heart wrenching to imagine their nails rubbing against the surface of the carpets. Please keep your pets away from carpets, you will thank us later!
No rubbing or bleaching:
When there is a stain on the carpet, blotting is the way to go. Dip a soft cloth or a paper towel into the cleaning solution and gently blot inwards to remove stains. Do not blot outwards as this will lead to the spreading of the stain. Go in circles and use lukewarm water to loosen the stains. Do not use cleaning agents that have bleach in them. Using bleach over rugs is the worst thing you can do to your carpet. It ruins the feel and decolorizes the affected region.
Q. Which type of wool rug is the easiest to take care of?
If you are searching for an easy to wash but natural material carpet, a hand woven one will be the best choice. The woolen fibres are grouped together in a bundle and wound tightly in different shapes and patterns. This is also one of the reasons for reduced shedding.
Q. What are the carpet materials that one must avoid buying?
Any material that comes from organic plant-based sources is a bad choice for caret materials. Materials like jute, sisal, and nettle do not last as long as wool and cotton carpets. When exposed for long periods, plant-based carpet fibres become stiff and break off from the surface into tiny pieces.
Q. Is professional cleaning worth it for wool rugs?
Let’s face the truth! No matter how many articles and YouTube videos you watch on cleaning carpets, nobody can do it the way the professionals do it. You can do all the weekly cleaning tasks but leave the deep cleaning to the professionals.
Q. Are carpet paddings necessary?
Carpet paddings are a great investment. They protect the carpet from direct contact with the floor. It also avoids slipping of the rug and provides adequate friction. If you live in a highly humid zone, there are chances of mold growing in between the wooden flooring. Having carpet padding protects the carpet from getting in contact with such mold and hence, avoids any stains on the carpet.