DIY Cleaning Guide to Make Your Moroccan Rug Look New Again

Area rugs may add life to your room, but they are prone to spills, foot traffic, and pet accidents, no matter how careful you are. Since Moroccan rugs are generally high-quality wool rugs, it might be worth taking extra steps to keep the product clean. Fortunately, you can prolong the rug’s life by using the right tactics to make it look brand new again.

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Although rug cleaning is a project you can take on yourself, it is essential to know the right tricks to clean the rug without damaging it effectively.

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Identify the Rug’s Material

It is vital to identify your area rug’s material as it plays a significant role in prolonging its life. The cleaning method for your unique rug depends on its materials, and using the wrong method that doesn’t suit the texture can damage the item.

If you own a luxury wool rug, the cleaning method will vary compared to a silk item. Most of the Assilah Rugs from Morocco are handmade weavers’ homes or in a village cooperative, cleaned before purchase. However, as the rug wears and tears over time, you will need to clean the item gently to preserve it for a long time and give it a fresh look. Moroccan rug rugs are usually made of wool, so it is essential to keep dust and dirt particles from out of the wool to prevent the fibers from weakening.

Vacuum the Item as Needed

The level of vacuuming required to maintain an area rug depends on its material. A vacuum set too low or high can damage a rug’s fibers. Adjust your vacuum until the suction gently tugs on the carpet and continue cleaning. Adjust the height setting of your vacuum and gently vacuum your rung on medium speed every few weeks. Reduce the risk of damage to your rug by making safer choices and choosing Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) certified vacuums.

Some overly shaggy Moroccan rugs like Boucherouite styles will stay in their best condition if you keep them away from vacuums. You may need to find alternative dust-removing methods for rugs that are not vacuum-friendly.

Learn to Spot Clean Effectively

If your girl’s night gets too exciting and ends with wine stains on your rug, removing the spot can feel stressful. You may also own pets who have accidents on the rug, leaving a tough stain that catches the eye. If your Moroccan rug is thick, it is important to take quick action to remove the liquid and its damage from the rug.

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Start with your liquid-spill cleaning process by blotting the wetness with paper towels or a cloth. Once it’s almost dry, sprinkle some baking soda on the stained areas and let it sit for a few minutes before you vacuum or rub it out. If you’re trying to remove a stain that you overlooked until it is dried up, use a vinegar mixture to lift the carpet stain.

Gently Hand-Wash

Taking your dirty rug to a professional cleaner can be expensive and challenging. Depending on the size of your rug, you can gently wash the item by hand. Small flat-woven kilim Moroccan rugs might be easier to wash by hand. Wash your rug with cold water and be mindful of any cleaning products you use. Chemicals in cleaning agents can strip the natural dyes from the rug and lead to discoloration.

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Deep Clean Occasionally

Sometimes, a simple vacuum session or spot cleaning doesn’t remove tough stains or odors. Take some to prepare your rug for the extensive cleanup and follow the necessary steps to enhance the cleaning session. Use a power spray, garden hose, or bucket of soapy water to thoroughly deep clean the rug. Make sure you read the labels and use gentle products during this process to avoid damages. If your Moroccan rug is created with natural undyed wool, it might be simpler to deep clean without any risks. 

After you’ve mastered the rug-cleaning technique, enjoy your freshly cleaned carpet and watch your room come back to life!


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