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After purchasing a large wool rug at a local yard sale, I had to come up with a way to clean the spots and stains on it. The former owners had actually had the carpet on a garage floor: an insult to the fine rug and a cleaning challange for me. The wool was stiff and dirty but the rug was such a bargain ($15.00 and originally $550.00) that I decided to chance the purchase, believing I could restore it to its former beauty.

The first thing I did was to go out and buy a few bottles of standard carpet cleaning spray. I dutifully sprayed and scrubbed the rug until I was blue in the face but some of the stains (mostly oil spots) simply would not come out. I was at wit's end with scrubbing and thought I might rent a steamer next. But then, an idea dawned that proved to be just the ticket to restore the rug to its former glory.

Since I had paid so little for the rug, I decided to risk it to the rain. Yes, the rain. I hauled it outside to my picnic area and spread it over the picnic table. An 11' x 14' rug, it covered the table but did not touch the ground. I left it out for a few days to endure the summer storms and kept my fingers crossed.

Well! My experiment was more successful that I could have ever imagined and my $15.00 proved a fine investment. The wool did not shrink or fade in any way, and the rain beating on the rug acted in its natural motion as the perfect scrub. The air-dry also gave it a permanently fresh scent. Also, the rain softened the wool and cleaned the oil stains completely. I would have never believed it if I hadn't tried it myself. While I do not recommend this method for cotton rugs, it should work equally as well on polyester as well as wool carpet construction.

So, the next time you need to thoroughly clean your wool carpet, simply let nature do it for you and see how wonderfully surprised you'll be when you glimpse the results of what simple rain can do to completely clean your wool rugs.