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Beni ourain rug

How to Clean and Wash your Moroccan Ben Ourain Rug at Home

Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs can add a touch of luxury and exoticism to any room in your home. But they can be difficult sometimes to clean and maintain. While professional rug cleaning is always an option, it's not always necessary, and it can be expensive. In this article, We will cover and explore one of the safest ways to clean your rug and maintain it in a good condition, so that your rug can stay looking its best for years to come. So if your rug needs a good cleaning, don't wait-try one of these methods today!


What you'll need

  • Any wool laundry detergent that is color safe like Tide
  • Fabric softeners such as Downy or any liquid for after wash
  • A bucket with 15-25 gallon gallons of cold water
  • Softer brush
  • Squeegee broom for carpet
  • Residential Vacuum
  • Some sun ☀️ 🙂


1. Vacuum your rug thoroughly to get the dust-out

Getting the dust out from your rug should be your first step in the cleaning process. This is because Beni ourain rugs tend to have longer piles compared to other Moroccan rugs types. These longer piles can let the dust be trapped inside for a while, especially if the area where the rug was furnished had more foot traffic in your house. Start by vacuuming the rug thoroughly with your regular vacuum cleaner.

2. Hang the rug to get the remaining trapped dust

After vacuuming, take your rug somewhere outside like a terrace, and hang it on a wall or any sturdy hanger you might have. Beni ouarain rugs are a little heavier and this requires them to be hanged over a strong and sturdy hanger. Next, get the remaining trapped dust out of the rug by shaking it out and beating it with a broom handle or any other similar tool. Start beating it from the top to the bottom until you don't see any dust clouds coming out.

3. Mix a cleaning solution of cold water and detergent

Start by mixing the cold water and laundry detergent in a 15 -25 gallon bucket, depending on your rug size. Use the right amount of detergent recommended by the detergent label.

4. Soak the rug in the cleaning solution for about 15 minutes

Lay out your rug flat on the floor, and put too much water until it gets very wet. Add the mixed solution and soak it for about 10 to 15 minutes

5. Gently brush the rug

Use a soft brush and gently scrub and brush the rug with more focus on dirtier spots. Once done, clean and rinse the foam with more water using your garden hose or simply by pouring the water from the bucket to force the foam out of the area rug.

6- Add Downy for a softer touch and attractive smell.

Next, add some downy softener and massage it gently with your hand or a softer brush. Once done, rinse the foam again with water

7 -Remove the water out of the rug:

After finishing rinsing your rug, try to remove and squeeze the water out of the rug as much as possible by swiping it with squeegees and rolling it over until you have a nice round roll shape. Doing so, will make it lose water and have it dry faster

8. Let the rug air dry completely before putting it back in place

Beni Ouarain rugs are made from thick material wool with a longer pile, they tend to be a little heavier than other Moroccan rug types. Because of their weight, they might take a longer time to get dry out in the sun. We recommend leaving it hanging outside on a sturdy wooden pallet or a wall for about 1 to 3 days, depending on your weather and the rug size. Verify the rug is no longer wet or humid before putting it back on the floor.


Why you should avoid putting your Moroccan rug in the dryer

The dryer might be very harsh on your rug and can damage some of the woven threads. You might end up with a few loose threads at the end. Sun is the best and most natural way to dry your rug completely safer. We highly recommend planning the cleaning process ahead of time and choosing the right time by following the weather forecast.