How To Clean A Natural Fiber Rug

Rugs with natural fibers are very different than an over the counter rug from Walmart. These rugs must be taken care of with detail.

We’ve developed a system that can help you understand what goes into taking care of a natural fiber rug.

Topics we will cover in this article about How To Clean A Natural Fiber Rug:

natural fiber rug
  • Inspect
  • Test for colorfastness
  • get a report
  • Use Woolsafe pre-conditioners
  • use acid rinse
  • stay away from cationic
  • Agitate carefully
  • Stray away from silicone protectors
  • don’t use bleach
  • ensure sufficient dry time

Rug Inspection Tulsa Metro

Inspect the rug: Always look over the entire rug for abrasion,  elements exposure damage, damage from chemicals, pests, and stains. All of these can weaken the durability of the rug and affect the cleaning.

Test for colorfastness

Colorfastness: Somewhere that will not be seen – such as on the back or in an area out of sight, test that area for (30 minutes to 24-hours) all chemicals that will be used on the fibers.

Rug condition report

Rug condition report: Always keep your rug condition report specifying potential problems.

Use Woolsafe(r) pre-tested, non- or minimally-buffered neutral pre-conditioners

Woolsafe: Mix according to the manufacturer’s recommendations with cool water and when cleaning any suspect wool or cellulosic fiber rugs.

Use Avid rinse

Acid Rinse: When cleaning or final rinsing of wool use an acid rinse. Strong alkalis can cause dye migration and damage wool fibers, or brown cellulosic over time. The objective is to leave the wool fiber in a pH range of 2.5-5.5.

Do not use cationic

Cationic: Positively charge cleaners and additives can wreak havoc on a natural fiber rug. The best thing is to call a local rug specialist. Cationic detergents can cause dye migration in wool or silk rugs.

Agitate Carefully

Agitation: Agitate carefully and ensure adequate detergent lubrication during agitation to avoid protein fiber damage or matting.

Do not use silicone protectors on wool

Silicone protectors: Silicone-based products provide limited protection against water-based stains only and, according to tests, they cause accelerated respoiming. Fabric protectors must be fluorochemical based.

Never use Chlorine bleach on wool

Chlorine bleach and wool: Even weak solutions can cause color loss and deterioration. Strong solutions dissolve wool or silk quickly and completely. Minimize the use of other bleaches.

Ensure Efficient Dry Time

Dry Time: Allow for sufficient dry time to prevent microbial development, along with associated odor, and eventually, discoloration or damage.

Above all consulting a professional and as always a manufacturer’s specifications overrides any of these recommendations. If we can help you with your rug in Tulsa call us at (918) 245-2148. For more information about How To Clean A Natural Fiber Rug call Jeff McCracken!


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Recommended Reading

Related Posts

cleaning up stains on carpet

What To Do Before We Come

Before our arrival to clean or repair your carpet, there are a few steps that you can take to help make the carpet cleaning process flow smoothly.

spilled wine on white carpet

How To Clean Up Spills

When you spill a liquid on your carpet, it's critical that you clean it up as soon as possible to avoid permanent staining.

dog on carpet

How To Clean Up After Pets

Pets are an awesome addition to any home. However, dogs and cats can wreak havoc on your carpet. Here are some ways you can clean your carpet after pets.

carpet repair in sapulpa

Carpet Repair Sapulpa- 6 Stain-Busters

Carpet repair Sapulpa- Whether it’s your carpets that needs a good cleaning or your clothing, Real Simple magazine features the top 6 stain busters that seem to do the trick!