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what can i use to clean a wool rug by hand? (its new, but smells like formaldehyde)?

rug is wool. its new. it costs 80 dollars to clean with the company.. id rather do it by hand.what besides hot water and a rug.. do i put on it to clean it by hand?

Answer:

Check the backside of the wool rug for instructions, you'll find them on a sticky tag in the corner. Here you should be able to locate an 800 phone number. Call this number and ask for advice. For your own information, wool is cleaned with lukewarm water and a very gentle low PH soap. One of my customers brought me a $500.00 dollar wool area rug that smelled like burnt plastic. I cleaned it and aired it out for several weeks. It still smells. The 800 number in this case was of no use, as the manufacturer had no idea what was going on. If your rug still smells after a couple of weeks, take it back to the store and ask for a refund. Should let you know, in case you have a dog in the house, that they sometimes sense a competitive situation and mark the rug with urine. They will do this numerous times, not realizing the animal was a sheep. Keep it clean if you want to return it.
Aug 23, 2017
Hi For just a few spots Nature’s Miracle should work. It is available at Petsmart. Make sure you follow the direction. The main reason that it fails is that people just sprays it on and wipe it up and not let it soak into the carpet and pad like the urine did. You may need to do this 2 or 3 time. Just reminder that the urine treatment product needs to go where the urine went for it to work properly. After you clean the spots, you should shampoo the carpet using this product on the front and back of rug. In my experience, Nature's Miracle is your best bet. Good luck! Carpet cleaner for 14 years
Aug 23, 2017
Let the pros clean it since it's wool. Do NOT use hot water on it.If it's just the smell then open all the windows and let it air out. The smell will disappear. If you have a clean garage lay it in there on top of sawhorses or clean trashcans so the air can circulate.
Aug 23, 2017
Prop it up off the floor with wadded newspaper where you can. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let it sit overnight then vacuum it up. In the morning put some vanilla extract in a empty spray bottle with warm water and spray the carpet lightly. Between the vanilla and the baking soda treatments the smell will be neutralized. Open windows if you can..The formaldehyde smell lasts a good week.
Aug 23, 2017
If it is new, just probably needs an airing. Don't you have a deck rail to hang it over for an afternoon. If not, drape it over a couple of chairs and just open the windows and let the air blow on it.
Aug 23, 2017

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