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Sure Fire Way to Clean Mud out of Wool Area Rug – Prescott AZ

Sure Fire Way to Clean Mud out of Wool Area Rug – Prescott AZ

Not that this guy would ever run through mud only to deposit it on his masters area rug, but just in case you ever happen to have a need to remove mud from your wool area rug, here are some tips. 


Wool fibers are delicate

     While wool is known to last much longer than most fibers, wool is also delicate

      in many aspects and care must be taken when attempting spot cleaning.

It is best to just let the mud dry first

     There is a high probability that attempts to clean mud when still wet will only

      spread the mud wider and deeper into the pile. Wait till it dries to avoid this.



Don’t try to spot clean clumps of mud

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

You cannot use all cleaners on wool fibers!

    Cleaners can damage wool fibers and even set the stain and make it permanent. Make sure your spotter is wool safe.

Aggressive rubbing can and likely will 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 carpet with repeated rinsing.  

Rug dyes often bleed.

     Test first in an inconspicuous spot that ALL of the colors are stable and do not bleed. Take a white cloth, damp with the cleaning solution (mixed as stated below) and test each color by blotting. If

     you see color transfered onto the rag, the dye is bleeding. DISCONTINUE spotting efforts and have your professional rug washer take care of the spot for you.

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

      Distribute detergent water with your fingers, work from outer edges of mud towards the middle. Blot with clean white clothes.  Once all traces of mud is removed, sprinkle with water with finger tips

      and continue to blot dry to rinse. Repeat as needed. Place fan to blow air over rug to expedite drying.

Call a professional rug washer if additional cleaning is required

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

I hope my advice is helpful in removing mud on your rug. Arizona Oriental is here to help you as the need arises and we specialize in area rug cleaning and spot removal. It is also important to remember that all rugs should be professionally cleaned every 2 to 3 years.

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves 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 AZ at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, 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 (pick-up and delivery also available). 



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Removal of muddy spots on wool fibers