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How to deep clean an old wool rug?

post #1 of 5
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I got two gorgeous medium-sized wool rugs from a flea market a while back.  They're both old and were pretty heavily dirty - no amount of vacuuming or shaking/beating can get them all the way clean.  This doesn't matter that much to me personally, but we're having a baby soon and I definitely wouldn't want to let him/her crawl around on the rug, since I have no idea what kind of gross stuff is in there.  Anyone have good tips for thoroughly cleaning an old gross rug without using nasty chemicals?  (I don't care how it looks, just want it to be baby-safe).
Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Are they small enough to cram in an oversize washer at a laundromat? Wash on cold and lay flat to dry would probably be ideal. Depending on the type of rug, wool sometimes mats up (turns  to felt) so it's best to wash on "delicate" so it doesn't get too much agitation in the washer.

post #3 of 5

Natural soap, soft scrubber brush, garden hose, dry in sun

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

I'll try and scrub them out outside like Puma said - we're living in Germany these days and laundromats aren't really a big thing here.  
Thanks for the tips, guys!

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Good luck! I know I'd have trouble getting a rug to dry in this humidity unless most of the water got wrung out in a washer. But a garden hose would be my next approach if I couldn't cram it into a washer. Many people in the US have wet/dry vacs or can rent a steam vacuum cleaner (my grocery store has them for rent) for cleaning carpets. They suck out some of the water but it's still best to set up fans to help dry. Hopefully your climate isn't too humid. We've had rain daily for weeks...

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