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Linda Secker
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I have a huge old flokati rug.

It was once a thing of beauty and still could be, but it is too heavy for me to wash and sort it out. I even seperated it into 2 pieces and each piece is too heavy to put over the washing line.

SO I was thinking some of you creative people might be able to come up with some suggestions of what I could turn it into!!

Currently, I am intending to give it away rather than compost it ......
 
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Do you have a concrete driveway or patio?  If so, wash the rug laying flat on the concrete then rinse well and let it dry there.  Or if you have some saw horses, a ladder or even a lawn chairs?  You could spread it over that.

Sorry I can't think of anything else to use it for other than cut into smaller rugs.
 
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Hi Linda, I've washed a similar type of rug the way Anne describes, using my hose.  I draped it across the backs of a couple lawn chairs, beat it with a pole then washed it, rinsed it, and let it dry--all in the same place.  It was a big job, but pretty simple.  I've also washed one (not huge:  big enough for a single bed) in the bathtub, and let it dry draped over the side.  It actually took less time than I anticipated.  Maybe a two days to dry?  I squeezed out as much water as I could by hand before draping it.  If it's 100% wool it should dry just fine. 
 
Linda Secker
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Thanks both

Unfortunatley I don't have a big enough outside space to wash it outside, BUT if I cut the two halves in half again, I will be able to wash it and dry outside

I was looking for alternative uses for it as we don't use it as a rug (too much of a dust trap) and I think I may have come up with one!! I'm going to wash it in 4 bits, sew it back together (eurrrrggghhh) and I think it'll make a perfect mattress topper!! I'll have to sort of quilt it into a dustproof cover first though....

Anyhow, first of all, cut it up and wash it - there are rather a lot of clothes moths in it at the moment......
 
Galadriel Freden
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I slept on top of my smaller one for several winters:  no sheet in between or anything.  Kept me lovely and warm.  I don't have that one any more, but my current mattress topper is a felted wool blanket I bought from a charity shop.  I just lay it flat on the mattress and put my sheet on top of that.  It slips a little after a few weeks use:  time to wash the sheets and adjust the blanket.  I think you could just put your rug on your bed with your sheet on top:  no need to enclose it into a quilt.  Actually, a quilt stuffed with a fluffy wool rug sounds kind of amazing   But way too much work for my taste!
 
Linda Secker
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Yes I can imagine it would be amazingly toasty warm!!! Unfortuantely I am so allergic to dust that it would be an asthma attack waiting to happen so it will have to be covered....sigh..... I have a spare dustproof duvet cover that I could use, then just quilt through in one spot every foot or so, so it wouldn't be THAT big a deal, but if I'm honest, it'll probably just end up on the endless projects list haha
 
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