How to clean a flokati rug
Flokati rugs are exquisitely beautiful and luxurious and therefore require special attention and care. Here we will show you how to clean a flokati rug the correct way so that it can remain clean and fluffy as it should.
- How to clean a flokati wool rug
- Washing a flokati rug in the washing machine
- Washing a flokati rug manually
- What about odors?
- How to take care of a flokati rug
- Keep out of direct sunlight
- Fluff up your rug
- Let it wear evenly
How to clean a flokati wool rug
Cleaning a flokati rug can be confusing – after all, it looks fragile and they are expensive, so the last thing you want to do is to ruin it. Luckily, we’ll show you two effective ways of cleaning it.
Washing a flokati rug in the washing machine
Washing a flokati rug in the washing machine is the easiest way of cleaning it. But first, the rug has to be small enough to be able to fit inside of the washing machine and you also need to check the label. Checking the label is essential because not all of these rugs are suited for machine wash. If your rug label says it is machine washable or makes no reference to it, then go ahead.
However, before machine washing, take your rug outside and shake it out before giving it a quick vacuum. When vacuuming, remove the brush because the wool strands will get stuck in them.
It’s important to wash it on a gentle cycle with cold water while using a mild detergent – just as you would when washing wool clothing.
When you’re done washing your flokati rug in the washing machine, hang it up outside to dry in the shade. Never machine dry or put it out in the sun.
You could put a fan on it to try speed up the drying process or better yet, use a strong air dryer.
Washing a flokati rug manually
If your rug is not machine washable or is too big to fit into a washing machine, then you’ll, unfortunately, have to clean it manually.
Vacuum the rug thoroughly and hang it up outside. Take a bucket and spray bottle and fill each with cold water, but add some mild cleaning detergent to the bucket of water. Spray some of the cold water onto the rug and then scrub it with a soft brush dipped into the soapy cold water.
Leave it outside to dry in the shade. You could use a fan or a strong air dryer to help speed up the drying process.
What about odors?
Pet odors on rugs are never pleasant but there’s an easy way of taking care of it. All you have to do is sprinkle and rub in a fairly generous amount of baking soda over the rug and leave it overnight while the baking soda absorbs all the odors.
Vacuum everything up the next morning with a strong vacuum without any attachments. You may want to hang the rug outside and hit it with a broomstick to get any extra baking soda out – but that all depends on the strength of your vacuum cleaner.
How to take care of a flokati rug
Your flokati wool rug can easily last for 10 years or more by following these proper care methods.
Keep out of direct sunlight: If your rug receives sunlight during certain parts of the day, then consider relocating it in such a way so that it doesn’t. Sunlight, even in small amounts, can distort the color of your flokati rug and it won’t look as good as it should.
Fluff up your rug: With enough time, the wool fibers will begin to flatten and the rug won’t look as beautiful and vibrant as it once did. Not to worry, because all you have to do is brush the wool strands with a little clean rake from time to time to bring back it’s vibrancy. And don’t worry if some of the strands come loose while raking – it’s perfectly normal.
Let it wear evenly: It’s more than likely that one side of the rug will receive a lot more foot traffic than the other. To prevent one side from becoming visibly worn, try to rotate the rug from time to time so that it can wear more evenly.