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Old 06-28-2013, 07:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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).
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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.


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

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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.  
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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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<p>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.</p>
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I would like to suggest you to use some different vacuum cleaner which is made up of new techniques. Try rainbow vacuums, I will sure that it can help you a lot.
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hang it on something like a sturdy (REALLY STURDY) laundry line or gate or fence and spray it with as much direct water pressure as you can get from your garden hose.

you can try a natural soap or something to help with getting all the gunk out, something like bronners is what i'd use.

rinse and allow it to dry outside on your sturdy fence or laundry line.

that's basically what we did when our thick wool blankets got used to help with scalding a pig once. they're perfectly fine now if a little dog-hairy from no washing int he last number of years. basically we tried to spray everything back out of the blanket via pressure. I imagine it might be similar with a wool rug...

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you can try a natural soap or something to help with getting all the gunk out, something like bronners is what i'd use
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hang it on something like a sturdy (REALLY STURDY) laundry line or gate or fence and spray it with as much direct water pressure as you can get from your garden hose.

you can try a natural soap or something to help with getting all the gunk out, something like bronners is what i'd use.

rinse and allow it to dry outside on your sturdy fence or laundry line.

that's basically what we did when our thick wool blankets got used to help with scalding a pig once. they're perfectly fine now if a little dog-hairy from no washing int he last number of years. basically we tried to spray everything back out of the blanket via pressure. I imagine it might be similar with a wool rug...

hope that helps!

Copious hot water, natural soap like Bronners, washed and dried outside in the sun. Use a deck scrub or hand scrub brush, it will fluff the nap and clean more deeply.
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