How to wash a wool carpet at home

Most people are surprised to learn that Oriental rug wool can be washed at home. Normally these mats are washable in water, but you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results. These instructions work for medium-sized rugs, not great ones.


  1. Vacuum the carpet. Do it for both sides.
  2. Clean stains with an appropriate stain remover for wool carpets. Be sure to try it on a less visible area to see if fade.
  3. Take out the carpet and put in a clean, paved area.
  4. Wets the carpet with a hose.
  5. Add two caps as detergent in a bucket of cold water. Using a mixer causes the washing water in the bucket to heat.
  6. Use a sponge or cloth on the carpet with foam and washing water, rubbing with care.
  7. Once you’re done with detergent, rinse the carpet.
  8. Rub the carpet with dry towels to remove the remaining water. The wet carpet will be very heavy.
  9. Leaves carpet spread to dry. Prevent long periods of time in the sun as this may cause discoloration.

Tips & Warnings:

  • Escalon Wool wash is another popular product used to clean wool carpets. It does not generate too much foam and does not require rinsing.
  • Always use a detergent with a neutral pH (5.0-8.0).
  • You should clean your wool rug every 12 or 18 months.
  • If you do not want to wash the carpet yourself, you can hire a cleaning company that is dedicated to that and do the work for you.

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