How to Clean a Moroccan Woven Rug Yourself at Home
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could learn how to clean a Moroccan woven rug at home? Think about how much time and money this would save.
Is it possible to get a clean Moroccan rug without causing the colors to run or bleed? How do you know when it’s best to spot clean or deep clean? What can you do about pet stains and odors?
Answers to all your questions on how to clean a Moroccan rug are straight ahead. The good news is that regular care of your Morocco accent rug is easier than you think.
Let’s dive right in!
How Do You Clean a Moroccan Rug?
Cleaning Moroccan rugs at home is a breeze when you follow these simple tips.
Regular maintenance only requires shaking them outdoors and vacuuming. For deeper cleaning requiring full water saturation, always test it for colorfastness first. This is important whether you send it to a professional cleaner or do it yourself. It’s best to know if your rug is at high risk of colors running before getting started.
Below are the easy colorfast test instructions for high color Moroccan area rugs.
Are Berber Rugs Hard to Clean?
Berber carpets are handwoven with tight loops. Those loops can trap dust particles and dirt. The best way to clean a Berber area rug without damaging it is to vacuum at least once a month to keep it clean.
How to Clean a Flat Woven Wool Rug
Follow these instructions on how to wash a flat woven rug.
- Spot clean pet stains and spills with paper towels immediately.
- Apply baking soda on the area and allow it to soak up the liquid for a few minutes.
- Then, vacuum up the baking soda.
For tougher stains, apply a mixture of vinegar and baking soda as a paste.
How to Clean Colorful Moroccan Rugs
You don’t want to risk the beautiful colors bleeding, so spot treating is always best. Instead of saturating a floor covering with a solution, test a small spot first for colorfastness.
Press a wet white paper towel into several locations on your floorcloth. The dyes are colorfast if you do not see them on your paper towel.
If that test was successful, try using these instructions to spot test a corner next.
Mix together the following ingredients in a bowl.
- ½ teaspoon mild dish soap
- 2 cups of water
- ½ cup of white vinegar
Work the mixture in and use a wet clean towel to blot it out. Squeeze it with another clean towel and let it sit in the sun to dry completely.
How to Remove Pet Stains From Rugs
Use these simple instructions for removing pet stains from rugs.
- Mix a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar together.
- Add the diluted vinegar mixture to a clean spray bottle.
- Spray your carpet saturating the spot completely.
- Use a very soft brush to work the mixture deeper into the wool fibers.
- Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Blot up the excess liquid with paper towels.
- Allow it to dry completely.
This is a quick and easy way to get rid of those annoying pet odors and stains.
Most of the year, spot treating using baking soda or a water and vinegar mixture is enough. But once a year, gentle deep cleaning is a good idea.
Deep Cleaning Moroccan Rugs at Home
The first method of choice is to use only water and no detergent. This will prevent the possibility of dyes running or bleeding. Here are the instructions.
- Shake out excess dirt outside.
- Vacuum using high suction through the hand attachment.
- Hang your rug up outdoors and power wash it.
- Spray from the top down on both the front and back sides.
- Use a soft bristle brush on dirtier areas.
- Squeeze out excess water and let it dry in the sunshine.
It is best to pick a sunny, warm day as your wool rug cleaning day. Wash it early in the morning and leave the rug outside to dry until the evening. You may want to prep your rug for a bath by shaking and vacuuming out dirt first the day before.
Once it is dry, fluff it up by lifting the pile with your fingers gently. An alternative is to use the hand attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
How Do You Clean a Boucherouite Rug?
Are Moroccan shag rugs hard to clean? Not really, and here is why.
The shaggy Boucherouite rugs have a higher pile, so you want to be even gentler. You can spot-treat using the instructions listed above. Then use the same deep-cleaning instructions above once a year, using a mild detergent. Rinse it well on all sides to get rid of soap before drying.
How Do You Get the Smell Out of a Moroccan Rug?
Take it outdoors to air out for the day. For heavier smells, try these instructions.
- Sprinkle baking soda or bicarbonate of soda over the entire rug and let it sit overnight.
- Shake out the excess baking soda outdoors and carefully vacuum up the rest.
For lighter smells, let the baking soda sit for a few hours before shaking it out and vacuuming.
What If My Rug Smells Like Bleach?
Chances are, it is not an authentic Moroccan rug using high-quality wool. Bleaching is a modern technique used to make Morocco carpets look old. It is also used to cover up cheaper quality materials.
Can You Vacuum a Moroccan Rug?
Absolutely! In fact, this is the best way to clean your rug whenever possible to keep debris from getting trapped. If there is high volume traffic, vacuuming at least once a week to daily is even better.
Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with brushes or a rotating beater bar. The rough bristle motion can damage the weave. Instead, use a vacuum with good suction.
Do Moroccan Rugs Shed?
New rugs tend to shed for about the first year. This is normal for all wool-based natural fiber rugs.
How Do You Stop Wool Rugs From Shedding?
Help, my wool rug keeps shedding! No problem.
Shake it outdoors and vacuum it lightly. Do not use a brush or beater bar attachment on your vacuum. The hand attachment can remove loosened fibers without the risk of damaging your rug. After a year, your rug will not shed as much.
How Do I Clean and Disinfect My Area Rug?
Treat it using one of the baking soda or vinegar solutions listed above. They both naturally kill bacteria. But always test a corner first to avoid ruining high color-saturated rugs.
How to Clean a Moroccan Woven Rug Summary
- Test for colorfastness
- Spot clean when possible
- Shake and vacuum regularly
- Deep clean no more than once a year
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