How to Care for Wool Carpets
Durable, resilient, beautiful, comfortable and safe – the advantages of wool carpets are many. Being that wool is natural fiber, it is better equipped to repel liquids and dirt, than more traditional synthetic fibers. That said, however, it requires a special approach to ensure it remains beautiful for years to come.
The following four simple steps make it easy to care for your wool carpets:
Step 1: Vacuum Frequently
Vacuum your wool carpet, paying extra attention to its delicate fibers, one or two times (more often in high traffic areas) per week for best results. This allows for the efficient removal of fuzz and dirt – both of which you don’t want becoming ground into the wool. We recommend vacuuming in varying directions to avoid matting.
Many manufacturers of wool carpets recommend refraining from using a vacuum’s beater bar or agitation brush as this may cause unraveling to occur.
Step 2: Treat Spills Immediately
Oops! Accidents happen, there’s simply no way around them, no matter how careful you may be. However, when they happen on your wool carpet, it is important to act quickly to ensure a stain doesn't’t set in. Using a clean paper towel or cloth (non-patterned) quickly blot up the spill and treat accordingly.
Do not rub or scrub your wool carpet as this may cause permanent damage.
Step 3: Get Professional Help
Professional carpet cleaning companies are available to delicately wash wool carpets for anyone who prefers not to do it themselves. Take care to find a professional that won’t over-saturate or use harmful chemicals on your carpet. You should have your wool carpets cleaned every 18 to 24 months for best results.
Step 4: Avoid Harmful Cleaners
Whether cleaning your wool carpet yourself, or having it professionally cleaned, you should make sure to refrain from using cleaners such as bleach, oxygen-based cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, alkaline cleaners and dry powder cleaners as they can severely damaged your wool carpet’s fibers.