Wool Carpet Do’s and Don’ts
March 5, 2013
Wool carpeting is considered one of the best choices you can make when carpeting your home. It can also be one of the most expensive choices. The silky feel of the natural fibers make any room look classier. Its fibers are strong and versatile, yet super soft to touch. Not only does it provide better insulation than other carpets, but it is excellent at hiding dirt, soil, and general wear and tear.
If you’ve invested in such a quality carpet, then it is a good idea to know the best way to care for it. A little knowledge can go a long way to ensure you receive the most out of your new, beautiful wool carpet. Let’s explore the dos and don’ts.
1. Do vacuum your wool carpet regularly.
This translates into vacuuming at least once per week. Although stain resistant, it is important to remove dirt, pet hair, crumbs and general soil from your carpet on a regular basis. Dirt left to sink into the carpet will grind against the fibers as people walk on them. This in turn shortens the overall life of your carpet.
2. Do use a beater bar when you vacuum.
Unless your wool carpet is looped (or Berber), then a beater bar is your best option. The vibrations help lift the dirt and soil out of the fibers, allowing you to suck them away. Be sure to adjust the beater bar to a height that allows it to vibrate without causing the motor to slow. Vacuum across the carpet, in cross directions, to help resist matting.
3. Do remove stains immediately.
As with any carpet, the quicker you attend to a spill, the higher your chance of keeping that spill from turning into a stain. First, blot up as much of the spill as you can using a clean, white towel. Then apply cold water, not too much, to the area and blot again. If the spill has still not come out, then mix 1 tsp of a wool safe detergent (such as Woolite or Softly) with 1 tsp of white vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Dip a clean towel into the solution and gently dab it onto the spill. Blot it again with a clean towel and repeat the process until the spill is gone. Be sure to dry the area thoroughly when done.
4. Do get a professional clean.
Like other carpet choices, wool carpets need to be cleaned by a professional at least once a year. Be sure to tell your carpet cleaner that your carpets are wool and therefore need to be treated carefully. Clarify that he has an understanding of what temperature (under 150 degrees) the water needs to be. Also, be sure to choose a company utilizing a truck mounted system. Wool is extremely difficult to dry and therefore needs this specialized equipment to ensure as much water as possible is extracted at the time of cleaning. A quality carpet cleaning professional will also know to neutralize wool carpet after cleaning.
1. Don’t use harsh chemicals.
Wool is a natural fiber that must be treated gently. When choosing a carpet cleaning or spot removing product, look for one with a pH level between 5 and 8. Never use products containing brighteners or bleach, or products that are intended for tile cleaning.
2. Don’t expose wool carpet to direct sunlight.
Due once again to their natural fibers, wools carpets have a tendency to fade in direct sunlight. Make use of drapes, blinds and awning to avoid this issue.
3. Don’t rub or scrub your wool carpet.
Whenever you happen to spill on your carpet, be sure to pat and blot the area as you clean. Excessive rubbing and scrubbing will lead to worn spots in your carpet.
4. Don’t over-wet your carpet.
Wool fibers are very absorbent. Their tendency to hang onto liquids can cause future trouble with mildewing. If this happens, your best bet is to call a professional carpet cleaner.
Wool carpet is wonderful. Love it and live on it and enjoy it. Be sure to have wool sensitive products on hand before a spill occurs and take note of the above steps and you should have a long, soft relationship.
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California