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If loved and regularly maintained, a hand-woven wool rug may very well outlive its owner (perhaps an unnecessarily morbid thought, but it’s healthy to remember our own mortality from time to time). In fact, oriental rugs are only considered antique once they pass their 100th birthday. More than a few rugs survive well beyond the centenarian landmark; vibrant 17th-century Persian carpets grace the international marketplace to this day. But alas, all wool rugs don’t often come with a handy instruction manual tucked inside. Proper care is often passed on orally, from experienced dealers or rug cleaners to neophyte clientele. Luckily for all of us, wool is a resilient fiber designed by nature to withstand dirt and abrasion. As long as it’s subjected to semi-regular cleaning, it should never be too much of a hassle to maintain.

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3 Problems to avoid with Wool Rugs

That being said, the uninitiated rug owner may be at a loss when it comes to wool rug maintenance. Let’s take a look at three of the most common problems with wool area rugs and the simple steps that can be taken to avoid them.

1- Wool Rug Spills and Stains

This first wool rug problem is less an issue with the rug and its fibers and more an issue with human fallibility. We may have a glass of wine (or three) and whoops—splash that 2011 Merlot all over the new oriental rug. We love our dogs so much that we keep them indoors, where they may mistake a traditional Bokhara for a nice patch of absorbent grass. Forgive them—they’re partially colorblind. In this imperfect world, spills are practically inevitable. Our job as carpet caretakers and custodians is to ensure that no spill has the chance to develop into a stain. The very same properties that make wool so accepting of a lustrous palette of dyes also render it vulnerable to stains of all sorts. While wool is indeed moisture repellent—lest those poor sheep get soaked to the bone every time it rains—liquids will penetrate the fiber given sufficient time. No matter the nature of the spill, time is of the essence. Act fast, and you’ll save yourself a boatload of hassle in the future.

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First, remove any and all debris, particles, crumbs, etc. from the affected area. No need to be grinding solid matter down into the wool fibers. Next, lightly dampen the remaining spill with half water, half white vinegar solution. Vinegar’s acidity strengthens the bond between dye and fiber and prevents color bleeding. It also helps control any odors that may result from the spill. Use a cotton towel or rag—preferably white—to gently blot the spill area. A fresh, dry towel or two can be used to soak up lingering moisture. Ensure that all fibers are completely dry before returning the rug to its usual resting place. If vinegar and water don’t do the trick, your best bet may be enlisting the help of a professional carpet cleaner. Experimentation with chemical cleaners or spot removers is a dangerous game when it comes to wool oriental rugs.

2- Excessive Wear Due to Dust, Dirt, and Debris

In yet another example of Mother Nature’s prowess as designer and engineer, wool fibers do a remarkable job of hiding dirt. By the time wool rugs look dirty, it is really, really dirty. Too dirty. Microscopic particles of all shapes and sizes are constantly wafting through the air, seeking a cozy place to settle down: in this case, the tips of your beloved wool rug’s pile. Over time, this particulate accumulates appreciably. Professional cleaners often pull pounds of old dust from neglected braided wool rugs. With every footstep, dust and dirt particles are ground further into the rug, where they can wreak structural havoc, not only on the wool fibers but also on their cotton foundation. The result? Shorter pile, bare spots, loose fibers, even holes in the rug.Regular vacuuming is an essential part of oriental rug maintenance. The goal here is suction rather than brushing and agitation. Set your vacuum on its highest carpet setting and run it along the length of the rug, from fringe to fringe. Every woven wool pile carpet has a natural “grain;” the pile tends to sit in a certain direction. Whenever possible, vacuum with the grain of the wool pile. This will reduce fiber decomposition while still removing the vast majority of settled dust. Staying on top of dust and dirt is the one of the best things you can do to ensure your rug’s longevity.

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3- White Knots in Wool Oriental Rugs

At some point in the lifetime of oriental rugs, tiny white dots may begin to emerge, scattered amongst the carpet’s richly colored wool fibers. Many rug owners panic upon noticing these dots, fearing disintegration or dye migration. But truth be told, these minuscule white knots are a natural part of the rug weaving process that tends to reveal itself slowly with wear, washing, and age. The foundation of a woven wool rug is typically composed of vertical and horizontal strands of cotton yarn, respectively referred to as warps and wefts. As this foundation is being established on the loom, the cotton yarn frequently runs out and must be tied to another section of string, leaving behind a small knot. Other times, warps and wefts may break during weaving and must be re-tied to continue the process. Most of these structural knots are eventually hidden amongst the longer wool pile. If this isn’t possible, weavers may touch-up white knots with dye or ink to provide a bit of camouflage. Whether through the gradual shortening of the wool pile, or thanks to a thorough professional cleaning, these white knots become more noticeable over time, like stars slowly but steadily punctuating a dusky sky. The easiest solution is just to accept the knots as a natural part of the aging process. Consider them the hallmarks of a handmade piece of textile art. If possible, the knots can be pushed through to the backside of the rug where they remain out of sight. If not, a little touch-up with dye or ink of a similar color can help mask the white knots temporarily.

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10 best wool rugs of 2021

1. Grey Bokhara Area Rug

The Grey Bokhara rug is one of the most enduring and popular things to grace a wall or floor in an interior space. The wool rug offers gorgeous patterns that are traditional, intricate pattern designs for a vintage feel with beautiful Asian flair woven into every part. Hand-knotted means each piece is different which makes it perfect for any living space as they'll never seem repetitive. You can always rely on its softness and low pile that feels so wonderful underfoot, but equally inviting to place all furniture atop it. That's what makes the Gray Bokhara Area Rug such the highest quality carpet option in today's marketplace!

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2. Brown Gabbeh Area Rug

No need to sacrifice beauty for affordability. Our Brown Gabbeh Area Rug is a testament to craftsmanship! A traditional design with intricate patterning and sumptuous wool, this Persian rug will be your next home decor must-have. It is a low pile so it's super comfortable without compromising on style. The soft and smooth texture of this rug brings a comforting and relaxed feeling to your space. You can place this rug under the coffee table in your living room or right in front of the bed in your bedroom. This beauty is also perfect for decorating outdoor areas like patios and balconies. Buy this rug now and bring elegance and charm to your interior.

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3. Tan Gabbeh Area Rug

This gorgeous and soft 100% wool tan Gabbeh area rug is perfect for any room of your home. It's been hand-knotted with an intricate pattern that adds the traditional touch to your space (but can be modernized, too!). With a low pile that will keep you comfortable from head to toe, this rug is really easy to clean as well. The tan color will add beautiful warmth to any room while the light brown border creates contrast against the darker tones. This piece stays durable despite its delicate construction and large design, so it will last and age well over time! You will love this beautiful rug in your space.

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4. Brown Ziegler Area Rug

Looking for a rug to set your room over the edge? This wool rug from Ziegler is perfect for just that! Hand-knotted, traditionally patterned, and just gorgeous. It's soft underfoot too on account of its low pile height. Experience the luxury of a hand-knotted wool rug with this Brown Ziegler Area Rug. With an intricate pattern and exquisite detail, this traditional rug will give your space the perfect look. Made from only 100% pure wool, it's also soft underfoot and lays low to the ground, perfect for families!

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5. Tan Ziegler Area Rug

This delightful and luxurious Tan Ziegler Area Rug is sure to bring any decorating idea together with tasteful style. With a perfect size of 8 feet x 10 feet, this rug not only has the ability to create a stunning focal point in your home but also offers unbeatable comfort while lounging on it with your family and friends. Don't let these gorgeous colors fade away from what makes them so special; this area rug comes with an exquisitely intricate pattern that adds stylish elements for no extra cost! So go ahead and get this high-quality rug. It might become your latest favorite room addition!

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6. Brown Ziegler Area Rug

If you've been waiting to find a rug that is soft and beautiful with an incredible design, this Brown Ziegler Area Rug has all of those qualities. It's got a luxurious feel that will add style to your living room or bedroom. The main stitch type on the area rug is Kurdish couching. This technique involves knotting each fiber individually rather than winding it around itself which makes it so much more intricate than other traditional hand-knotted carpets.  Pick up one today!

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7. Gold Wool & Silk Area Rug

Looking for a rug to add some warmth and elegance to your home? You’ll love our Gold Wool & Silk Area Rug. It features a traditional design with beautiful colors that will make any room feel cozier. The intricate pattern is woven by hand, making it soft and plush underfoot. This rug is an elegant addition to any contemporary space or living room decor. And because they're made of wool and silk fibers combined together into one fabric with a low pile height, these rugs are durable enough to last through years of wear-and-tear while still feeling luxurious underfoot! Click the link below and get this elegant rug now!

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8. Multi-Color Overdyed Area Rug

Our Multi-Color Overdyed Area Rug is the perfect addition to any room. With its traditional design and gorgeous colors, this rug will make your space feel warm and inviting. It’s hand-knotted, so you know it will last for years to come! This beautiful rug is soft and plush with a low pile height, making it an elegant addition to any contemporary home! The intricate pattern gives this piece character while still being subtle enough that it won’t overwhelm your space. We offer free shipping on all orders, so don’t wait another second before ordering yours today! 

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9. Ivory Ziegler Area Rug

Are you looking for a new area rug? The Ivory Ziegler Area Rug is the perfect addition to any room. This traditional, beautiful and gorgeous hand-knotted oriental design has an intricate pattern that will make your home feel more contemporary. Its soft and plush pile height makes it comfortable underfoot while its color gives it an elegant look that can be used in both traditional or contemporary homes. With this rug, you don't have to sacrifice beauty for comfort! You'll love how easy it is to vacuum thanks to its low pile height - just use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner! And because of its size, this area rug will fit nicely into most rooms without taking up too much space. It's also available in many different colors so there's one for every taste!

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10. Multi-Color Flat Weave Area Rug

Looking for a beautiful rug to add some color and texture to your home This hand-knotted, traditional flat weave area rug is perfect for any room in the house. It has an intricate pattern that will make it stand out from other rugs on the market. The colors are soft and plush, making this rug feel luxurious underfoot. It’s also available in two sizes so you can find one that fits your space perfectly! You deserve a gorgeous rug that will last through years of wear and tear. This one is durable enough to withstand even the most active family members or pets running around at all hours of the day! 

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How to Keep Your Wool Rugs from Shedding

You’ve invested in a traditional decor item that has a reputation for standing the test of time and now you can enjoy all its benefits. All wool rugs are prone to shedding, but this is just a normal part of owning one! To make sure your rug doesn't shed too much we've got some tips on how to keep it looking fresh at every turn. The first step is buying an underlay mat which will help with keeping dirt off from getting into the fibers and causing more shedding than usual or even prevent small particles like sand or salt from entering between the carpet threads-this could also be helpful if you have pets who might bring these things inside as well. The first fact to know is that shedding wool rugs can be normal. There are a couple of reasons why wool sheds. To start with, it's a natural fiber just like hair and because of this the fibers may shed or fall out without warning depending on how they were woven together in production - carpets have yarn made from many short strands twisted tightly into place. The other reason for excessive fabric loss is improper care which according to Fabra-Clean, an industry leader in carpet cleaning services means you're not giving your rug enough attention by vacuuming regularly even if its area is as large as 1500 square feet!

How to Keep Your Wool Rugs from Shedding

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Know your terminology

The shedding and sprouting of fibers in rugs can be easily fixed with trimming. Shedding occurs when the rug’s fibers become loose and fall away from it, whereas a strand or two may remain attached to give the appearance that they have grown taller than usual. This is typically due to pulling on one side which could happen as someone vacuums underneath their furniture for example! Sprouts are also caused by tugging; however, these occur because some strands stay attached while others loosen up then grow new shoots below them like flowers blooming outwards until you see an individual fiber go through all stages at once, first loosening gradually over time before becoming fully detached (just don't forget about those pesky ends!).

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How to prevent shedding?

They say a rug can tell you everything about the kind of person that lives in your home. It's true! A wool rug with high-quality craftsmanship and a well-made pad beneath it will help prevent shedding off the top. If you are fed up with the amount of shedding your sheep is producing, consider investing in a high-quality wool rug. Next, make sure it has an equally well-made pad beneath it to prevent fibers from rubbing on the floor and deteriorating. Rugs that aren't too busy might also produce less excess fiber, but this isn’t always guaranteed either way! Regular vacuuming will collect those rug fibers from building up. Speak to the rug salesperson about instructions for how best to vacuum your wool rug, and consider its design as well; a fringe-style carpet should be vacuumed with care so that you don't loosen any knots! You can use a fabric protector to protect your rug from spills and stains. Some companies will come in and apply for it, but if not then seek out professional help!

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Get a rake

If your rug is really giving you trouble, it might be time to buy a new one. However, if the old one has sentimental value and can't just go anywhere or doesn't fit in with the rest of your decorating scheme then there are some things that could help make life easier! What on earth is this? Well as I said before it's basically a rake for rugs. It looks very similar to what's used when gardening but instead of having metal teeth, they're made from tough synthetic fibers which can gently pull away any loose fibers while collecting hair too - perfect for those times when pet fur gets everywhere. To keep your wool rug in pristine condition, try rotating it at least quarterly. If you're feeling ambitious and want to use the same investment for many years without any wear-and-tear from foot traffic on one side of the carpet, then consider purchasing a second identical rug to rotate every few months before wearing out that other area. When either is being rotated, make sure not to turn them around end over end or they'll get terribly tangled!

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Avoid the problem altogether

The truth is, wool rugs are the main shed offenders. But synthetic rugs will spare you a headache altogether. Made from alternative fibers like poly blends, these can have the look and feel of a gorgeous wool rug without all that trouble with excess hairs! RugKnots offers beautiful rug alternatives in timeless and classic designs. Made to withstand busy households while still being durable, RugKnots rugs are an easy investment decision for their low cost of only a few hundred dollars per foot. With no worrying about shedding or sprouting issues here, one can simply vacuum and deep clean these gorgeous pieces that will keep looking fresh without any work at all!

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Tips on how to stop your wool rug from shedding

You know the feeling of walking into a room and sitting on your rug. You're so nice, full of color- until you start shedding all over the place! Shedding is an issue that comes with wool rugs but doesn't panic - there are ways to minimize this unwanted problem. Understand why it happens? Wool fibers can be either synthetic or natural in origin; when they get loose from use, then these will end up getting removed through brushing them off against furniture for instance. Sometimes though dust particles may cling onto their surface thus causing more fiber loss than normal wear and tear would account for which means extra care should be taken while vacuuming where possible as well as adding felt pads under heavy objects like chairs and tables. Synthetic fibers like polypropylene and nylon are known to shed less than natural ones. Woolen rugs often have a tendency of shedding particles, which can result in allergic reactions for some people as wool contains lanolin oil that triggers an allergic reaction with certain bodies. The degree of shedding depends on the quality of fibers used. Good quality fiber means less chance for a rug to shed, while poor quality fiber has more potential to cause problems with lint and lose threads everywhere. The method in which rugs are made also affects how much they will shed - handmade wool is more durable than machine-made because when it's hand-knotted each strand gets secured before being tied off tightly whereas most machine-made carpets just have one thread looped around another without securing them as knots do naturally.

Tips on how to stop your wool rug from shedding

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1. Frequent Dusting

How do I get my new wool rug to stop shedding? A reasonable quality woven wool rug is expected to shed for almost six months, after which the shedding of fibers is reduced. To keep your carpet from releasing those loose bits that stick and give it a bad appearance on upholstery in your room, simply dusting once per day should be enough! If you have time then make sure to periodically brush off any accumulated lint as well; this will protect against excessive shedding too.

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2. Rug Placement

A new wool rug is a great addition to your home, but before placing it in an area where there's lots of movement, be sure you know the best place for it. Placing items on top of carpets can lead to excessive shedding that results from all those kids running around with their shoes off indoors! Before bringing this heavy item through your front door or living room (where the most play takes place), consider other areas like beneath dining tables. This will ensure less friction and therefore prevent excess fiber loss over time.

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3. Regular Vacuuming

Vacuuming is important to help control the shedding of fibers and prevent them from spreading. For newer rugs, vacuuming once a day should be enough until there's less shedding going on; later it can be done 1-2 times per week for six months or so before you stop completely. If your rug still sheds after that point, then either something about its quality has gone wrong or maybe even been changed in transit without any notice which means contacting the manufacturer may yield replacement!

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4. Keeping Pets Away

Pets like cats and dogs love to knead wool rugs, but this is not a good activity for them. It may cause your rug new shedding all over it that could be hard to clean up. The best way of stopping the nuisance from happening in the first place is by either keeping pets away from any woolen area or placing rugs out of pet reach high on shelves so they can't get at it easier!

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5. Avoiding Dirt Accumulation

If you have placed your wool area rug at the entrance, it is advised that before walking in with dirty shoes to make sure they are really clean. Walking on a dirt-covered carpet will only lead to more dirt and dust accumulating on your floor as well as increasing wear and tear of fibers until eventually shedding occurs!

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6. Sticking to the Purpose

Some rugs are meant to be placed on the floor and others as wall hangings. The type of rug you're looking for will depend largely on where it's being used, such as an expensive hand-woven wool carpet that should only be put up against a wall with no traffic flow through it so fibers don't get dirty or ripped by shoes.

There are a number of ways to reduce the shedding from wool rugs, including being careful not to clean them too harshly and making sure you have rug pads. One way that may help is using color-matched furniture upholstery so as to cover fibers left behind by your wool rug.

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Wool Rug Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Many people don't realize that there are a few easy ways to maintain your wool rug's texture, appearance, and structural integrity. One way is by vacuuming the rug with a beater bar vacuum cleaner so you can kick up dirt from deep within the pile without tearing at its edges or damaging it in any other way. Keeping your wool rug clean is a must if you want to ensure its structural integrity as well as maintain its natural, beautiful appearance. If cleaning it with water and soap doesn't work for the dirt or stains that have accumulated over time on one of these gorgeous rugs, then try using an old toothbrush to gently scrub away any tough grime! Clean your fringe gently with a handheld vacuum or an attachment to your standing vacuum. This will remove dirt while preserving the integrity of your rug's edge and fringe so that it lasts for years to come! There is a lot you can do to keep the look of your rug fresh. For example, rotating it once or twice per year will ensure that no one section gets more wear and tear than any other part - meaning there is less visible fading from sun damage too. And if you're worried about flattening over time, don't be! The pile might not stay as fluffy but at least won't have worn down sections either which would affect both looks and usability of the rug. You should never scrub a stain at the time of its wetness; always blot it away as much liquid and clean off what you can while the rest dries. The best way to clean up stains on your rug is by using a light scrubbing action with some detergent in the form of soap or shampoo. Dab it onto the stain, and gently rub until it disappears; this works well for any type of liquid that can be easily removed from fabric fibers like coffee, juice, wine, etc. After you've achieved success after removing most if not all traces of dirt/stain (and once dry), go over whatever was cleaned again with water--to remove residual residue left behind by liquids that cannot be washed out otherwise!

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How to Remove Stains from a Wool Rug

It’s the little spills and stains that can do some serious damage to your rug. Whether you spill a drink on it or have some food stains, these are things that should be taken care of immediately before they become permanent problems! These are the tips on how to clean stains from wool rugs.

1. Ink Stains

To remove ink stains from the rug, You can mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with water and dab a towel in the mixture. Then blot the stain on your clothes using this solution to get rid of it.

2. Grease stains

To remove grease stains from area rugs, Always be sure to first remove any food solids. Use dish soap and water solution and a rag to blot the stain, then dab dry until gone!

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3. Pet stains

If your pets have made a mess on your wool rug, have no fear- for there is hope! First, blot at the mess to remove excess liquid. Then mix dish soap and white vinegar with water into an effective solution. Gently dab away the stain until it's all gone without leaving any residue behind (just make sure not to rub too hard!). Follow up by drying off what you can before doing anything else in order to ensure that everything dries properly and quickly so as not to leave another wet spot on your carpet or wood flooring if possible.

4. Marker stains

In order to remove markers from your wool rug, it's best to use a carpet cleaner. Apply the cleaner with a rag and blot out any stains one at a time. Use warm water to rinse off the soap residue in order for that color not to come back!

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5. Mud Stains

Be sure to clean up any dried mud or caked-on messes. If the area is still wet, you can use a dry rag and paper towel to soak up excess liquid before applying dish soap with water solution using a washcloth until it's thoroughly cleansed of all dirt and grime from your accident in the kitchen!

6. Coffee and tea stains

Use paper towels or a rag to soak up extra liquid, then blot and remove the stain with dish soap. Apply more water followed by pouring baking soda on it before dabbing dry the area; this should be done as soon as possible after spotting any spills.

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Deep Cleaning a Wool Rug

If you regularly take care of your wool rug maintenance, it will probably never need a deep clean. There may come a time in the life of any wool rug when deep cleaning is necessary and can be done properly but if not, then there could be serious consequences for the beloved item that has provided years of warmth to family members through generations before us. The rug will be easier to clean if you loosen dirt from beneath its surface. Hang the rug over a railing or clothesline and use your broom, vacuum cleaner, or even old-fashioned carpet beaters to remove any dust bunnies that have collected under it. This also applies to the protective pad underneath rugs as well! Vacuum your rug from the bottom up to remove any dirt and dry rot that may have become embedded in its fibers. Flip it over after vacuuming so you can vacuum on top of the carpet, too! Follow the same scrubbing technique as mentioned above. In order to wash your entire rug without making it any dirtier than you found it when first starting out, you need to rinse out your sponge multiple times before moving on and repeating this process with a different section of the carpet. Make sure to blot or soak up the excess water from your rug with a clean towel. This will help it dry faster and prevent mold growth if you want to use your carpet again soon after cleaning.

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When to Call in the Professionals

Wool rugs are excellent for resisting stains and spills, but they may still be shed on occasion. When this happens, try to clean it up immediately so the wool fibers do not accumulate in your home or office space! If you’re searching for a professional carpet cleaning service, then we are the experts to call. We can handle any type of carpeting and as well as delicate wool rugs that may be too big or heavy to move on your own. And don't worry about those severe messes; our team is here with all the right equipment for deep cleanings! When should you hire a professional? When dealing with an older, more delicate rug or when tackling one way too difficult by yourself—we have it covered!

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Here are some commonly asked questions about wool rugs by our customers

1. What are wool rugs?

Wool rugs are carpets made of wool that have a natural beauty and luxurious feel. They're easy to clean, durable, resistant to spills or soil, and most importantly they add warmth to your home or office space!

2. Are wool rugs expensive?

Wool rugs are a great investment! They will last for years and keep your home or office space warm. You can find them at many different price points, depending on the size of rug you want to purchase. Wool rugs are not luxury by any means.

3. What are the advantages of wool rugs?

There are many advantages of using wool rugs for home decoration. Wool rugs are resistant to spills and stains. They're easy to clean, durable, and provide warmth in your space! We'll help you determine what size of the rug is best for you when you come into the store so that it will fit well with your furniture or decor style. You can also find wool rugs with a variety of different patterns and colors to make your space even more beautiful. Wool rugs are made of natural fibers so they're not too expensive, depending on the size of rug you want to purchase. Wool rugs are a great way to give your space a homey and cozy feel while also providing some warmth in those cold winter months! If you need help with anything or have any questions about why wool is better than other types of natural fibers.

4. What are the disadvantages of wool rugs?

There are a few disadvantages of wool rugs. These include Allergies, Shedding, and Messy Cleaning.

1. Allergy Relief

If you have an allergy to wool, it's best not to buy one because they're made out of the same materials as your allergies! If this is something that isn't a concern for you and you're just worried about the smell, we recommend using a rug pad underneath your wool rug to help reduce this.

2. Shedding

Wool rugs are notorious for shedding, this is because they're made of wool! Luckily though, there are ways to combat the problem. One solution would be to vacuum your rug a few times per week which will help keep it from getting too messy. Another option you have if you don't want to deal with vacuuming is using a mat underneath your rug in case it sheds onto the floor.

3. Messy cleaning

Wool rugs are hard to clean and typically require dry cleaning. They are messy to clean because they are made of wool, which means you'll need to use a rug shampooer or liquid gentle detergent. You can also lightly vacuum a wool rug every time it gets dirty. Other fibers except wool are easier to clean.

One downside of wool rugs is that hand-knotted wool can be expensive. You'll need to pay a lot and will also have to deal with its high maintenance, such as vacuuming the rug at least once per week or risk it getting very dirty. With other fibers like cotton or polyester, you won't have this problem.

5. What are hand-knotted rugs made of?

Hand-knotted rugs are made of wool fiber, so they have all the same problems as other types of wool. They require upkeep such as dry cleaning or vacuuming regularly to avoid getting dirty quickly and the high cost will make them hard to maintain in your house unless you're willing to spend a lot for it. Otherwise, if you're looking for a rug that is soft and comfortable to the touch, you will want one made of cotton or polyester.

6. What are hand-tufted rugs made of?

Hand-tufted rugs are not made of wool. They're usually a polyester blend or cotton, and they don't have the same problems as other types of wool-like being too expensive to maintain or needing regular dry cleaning.

7. Can I place a woven wool rug in outdoor areas?

Yes, but you should use a rug mat underneath to avoid the rug from sinking into the grass. Wool rugs are perfect for outdoor spaces because they're durable and easy to clean, are made of natural materials, but you'll need a rug mat to prevent the hole in the ground from ruining your investment. These rugs are perfect for high wear and tear as they resist stains by just a fiber protector applied to the back of the rug.

8. Is a hand-woven rug expensive?

Wool rugs are made of natural fibers. Consequently, they require a lot of maintenance and the price is going to be higher than synthetic fiber, but in many cases, it's worth it because wool is so durable and easy to clean if you find a rug that’s manufactured by experienced craftsmen who understand how to weave materials like hand-dyed wool.

9. Can I use synthetic dyes for my wool hand tufted rug?

It is not recommended to use synthetic dyes for a hand-tufted wool rug. The synthetic dye will cause the dyes to bleed and over time, you may notice discoloration in your beautiful rug as well as on the floor underneath it.

10. What are the pros and cons of using wool rugs?

The pros of using wool rugs include: they are very durable, easy to clean and maintain. The cons would be that the price is going to be higher than synthetic fiber, but in many cases, it's worth it because wool is so durable and easy to clean if you find a rug that’s manufactured by experienced craftsmen who understand the intricacies of creating a wool rug.

11. Where can I place my wool rug?

Always place your rug on a flat and stable surface. If the floor underneath is uneven, you may want to use carpet tape to secure it in place. Just like natural fiber rugs, wool carpets should not be placed over wood or laminate floors because of the high risk of cracks developing from excess moisture absorption. You can place your rug on top of a carpet, but be careful not to trap any sharp objects underneath. Avoid placing wool carpets or area rugs in high traffic areas and try to avoid outdoor spaces if possible. Wool is more sensitive than other types of fiber when it comes to wear and tear because it has no elasticity so you want the surface to be as smooth as possible. You may want to place hardwood or laminate the floor underneath for optimal protection.

12. How long can a brand new wool rug last?

This will depend on the type of wool rug you purchase, but typically a new wool area rug should last anywhere from five to 25 years. Some people have reported their rugs lasting for more than 30 years with proper care and maintenance. If you want to have an idea of how long a rug can last, take note of the warranty.

13. What are some ways to prolong the life span of my wool rug?

It's important that you clean your new wool area rug regularly in order to ensure it lasts as long as possible. You should also rotate it periodically so all areas of the rug are used evenly. Avoid vacuuming with a beater brush and stay away from using hot water to clean it as these can damage your wool carpeting.

What to know more about wool rugs? Please feel free to reach out to us here at RugKnots if you have any questions about common issues with wool rugs cleaning. Wool is a powerful natural fiber, and most problems can be resolved simply without further damaging the rug. Remember, always be alert on the side of caution and avoid harsh chemical cleaners at all costs! For more information please email us at info@rugknots.com or call us at (301) 660-7046. We are happy to serve you!



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roy burris

roy burris

we have a light tan wool carpet that is starting to get darker brown areas and they are getting bigger and bigger. what can be done, if anything?

Mary Jane Dezern

Mary Jane Dezern

After my house was cleaned, I noticed oriental rug in hall in one place on edge pile had come loose. She used a new Bissell vacuum from Walmart. I cannot let her vacuum again because all pile will soon be gone. I have several rugs on one side of my house where I live. They were purchased in 2016. What am I going to do? I don’t want edges of others to end up like this. Damage is about 10 – 12 inches on edge.

Patrice

Patrice

I just had three large 12×14 oriental rugs cleaned professionally. These rugs are all at least 70 years old, one is indo heriz and the other two are Persian Sarouk. A week after receiving them I ran my vacuum over them and I am bringing up tons of super tiny fibers and dust/dirt. Is this normal? Should I contact the cleaners?
Norma Tomey

Norma Tomey

Thanks for telling me about the white spots. I thought it was caused be moths. I also have a couple of Persian rugs and one appears to be losing the weave and wearing in one spot. The room has never had much traffic.

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