How do I flatten a wool rug that was rolled up too long?

Deborah C
by Deborah C
I ordered my rugs on the internet and they arrived very well wrapped and wound up tightly. Now I have all these ripple marks that sit up in them and laying them out for a couple of weeks has not helped!
  11 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 08, 2017

    Have you tried cleaning it? I've been able to get wrinkles out that way. If it can't be cleaned with a steamer, you may need it professionally cleaned. Then stretch it out and weigh down the sides and corners

  • Mary Jodie Higley Mary Jodie Higley on Jun 08, 2017

    If you can, return it. I spent two times the cost of my beautiful rug on remedies including professional rug cleaning company. We put it down and it looked fine for about half a day, then the ripples reappeared. They told me it was something they couldn't guarantee but I took a chance hoping for the best.

    I really loved that rug--but gave it away so now someone else can worry over it. If someone trips and falls over those little ripples it'll cost you more than replacing the rug!

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jun 08, 2017

    Cleaning it might help but try to hang it. Hang the rug by one end then rotate it the next day, the next day and one more time should help also pull and bend the rug while it's hanging up. Gravity heavy wool

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Jun 08, 2017

    Have you tried rolling the rug with the pile on the inside? That should do it over time a week or so...just reroll it with the bottom may have to tape it tightly ....

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 09, 2017

    I'd try hanging it. If not - call the company! They should probably have a solution..

  • Deborah C Deborah C on Jun 09, 2017

    Good idea! Thank you.

  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 10, 2017

    Have you tried rolling them in the opposite direction? I have heard of people lightly misting the back of a rug but I don't think I would try that unless I knew what the backing was made of. The manufacturer, or supplier, should be able to advise you.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 10, 2017

    I would lightly mist the corner with 50/50 mixture of fabric softener and water . Then iron it down . If you have a wood floor , be sure to place a towel under the rug and between the rug and the iron .

  • Imp22013828 Imp22013828 on Jun 10, 2017

    Are they too big to flute with wet towel in dryer?

  • Deborah C Deborah C on Jun 12, 2017

    Yes, they are about 20 lbs each!

  • Debby Debby on Jun 12, 2017

    take them outside on a very warm sunny day.