Cleaning Entire Wool Area Rugs
If your entire area rug needs a deep clean, don't feel the need for a professional dry clean. First, attempt to clean your rug using these natural methods to avoid bringing toxic chemicals into your home. If a professional job seems necessary be sure to choose an environmentally-friendly dry cleaner that uses alternative dry cleaning solvents.
Snow Clean: If you happen to have fresh snow outside, use it to get your wool rug clean! Don't attempt to snow clean your rug at temperatures above freezing. You want the snow to freeze dirt, grime, and grease so the particles can be shaken off.
Preferably after a freshly fallen, dry powder snow, take your rug outside and lay it top down in the snow. Let the rug sit for a while to "freeze" it. Then, jump up and down on the bottom of the rug, releasing trapped dirt into the snow below. Shake off as much snow as possible before bringing the rug indoors to dry.
Just Beat it: Hang your wool rug outdoors over a tree branch, fence, or other tall object with the top of the rug facing inward. Beginning at the top of the rug, beat it aggressively with a stick or broom handle. Reverse the rug (top facing out) and repeat. Vacuum the rug when you bring it indoors.
Gentle Wool Rug Cleaning Solution: If beating your wool rug doesn't remove as much dirt as you'd like, you can wash your wool rug in a mild vinegar and water solution. Take caution, though, and use as little water as possible to get your rug clean.
Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 Tablespoon dish soap to 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Bring your rug outdoors and use a soft scrub brush to work the solution over the entire rug area. Place clean, dry towels over the rug's surface to cover. Roll the rug up, the unroll and remove towels. Repeat the procedure with fresh, clean water to rinse. Let the rug dry in a cool area out of direct sunlight to avoid shrinkage. Restore the pile of the rug, if necessary, with a soft brush.