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Prescott Valley AZ – The Things You Need to Know About Getting Mud Out of Wool Area Rugs

Prescott Valley AZ – The Things You Need to Know About Getting Mud Out of Wool Area Rugs

You and I both know this guy would never run through mud only to come inside and leave it behind on his master’s area rug.  But just in case you happen to need to remove some mud from your wool area rug, here are some tips.


Wool fibers are delicate!

Wool is known to last much longer than most fibers, but keep in mind that it is also delicate in many aspects and care must always be taken when attempting to spot clean.

It is best to wait until the mud is dry first.

When it comes to mud, there is a high probability that attempts to clean while the mud is still wet will only spread the mud wider and deeper into the pile.  Wait until it’s dry to avoid this.

Don’t try to spot clean clumps of mud.

Once the mud is dry, gently vacuum up the dry clumps prior to beginning                                                                                                                                     spot cleaning, removing as much as possible.

Not all cleaners can be used on wool fibers!

Unless they are wool safe, cleaners can damage wool fibers and even set the stain, making it permanent.  Always make sure your spotter is wool safe! Check the label!

Aggressive rubbing will likely make matters worse.

It’s easy to fuzz-out wool fibers by rubbing too hard.  Instead, blot up the spot.

Leaving a residue of the cleaning solution is harmful.

Residues attract more soil.  Detergents must be flushed from the fibers with repeated rinsing.

Rug dyes often bleed.

Test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure that ALL colors are stable and do not bleed.  Take a white cloth, damp with the cleaning solution (described below) and test each color by blotting.  If you see color transferred onto the rag, this means the dye is bleeding.  DISCONTINUE YOUR SPOTTING EFFORTS and have your rug cleaning professional take care of the spot for you.


Use 1 cup of cool water mixed with 1 teaspoon of colorless dish soap (only if no color was transferred in the test above).

Distribute the detergent water with your fingers, working from the outer edges of the spot of mud towards the middle.  Blot with clean white cloths.  Once all traces of mud are removed, use your fingertips to sprinkle water and continue to blot dry to rinse.  Repeat as needed.  Place a fan to blow air over the rug to expedite drying.

If further cleaning is required, call a professional rug washer.

Leaving soap residues or spots on rugs can damage face fibers and foundation fibers.

Hopefully you find this advice helpful.  Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care is here to help you as the need arises - after all, we specialize in area rug cleaning and spot removal!  It’s also important to remember that all rugs should be professionally cleaned every 2 to 3 years. You clean your teeth every day but you still need to go to the dentist and have your teeth professionally cleaned. This applies to your rugs as well.

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training which includes certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Call Arizona Oriental for additional information and quotes on cleaning area rugs with muddy spots in Prescott Valley AZ at 928-445-1718, visit our website, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN'T COME IN?                                                                         (pick-up and delivery also available). 



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