Have you got a beautiful wool carpet you're not sure how to care for? When cleaning wool, there are a few special rules you need to take into consideration to avoid damage.
Using harsh cleaning products, cleaning with water that's too warm, or over-wetting the rug could cause it to become damaged or deformed.
Follow the tips below to keep your carpet clean without any disasters.
1. Vacuum the Rug Regularly
Prevention is the best way to keep your wool carpet clean. Vacuuming regularly helps prevent dirt and debris from getting embedded in the fibres, meaning less intensive cleaning is needed.
Wool is resistant to dirt and stains, so it's pretty low-maintenance most of the time, as long as you stay on top of vacuuming. You should always vacuum to remove surface dirt before cleaning.
2. Avoid Over-Wetting the Rug
Wool takes a long time to dry, so getting your carpet too wet is a big mistake. Try to avoid fully saturating your carpet, and only use as much liquid as is needed to remove stains.
To speed up the drying process, open windows and doors to improve ventilation, switch on your heating and use a fan. Some carpet cleaners feature a handy vacuum mode which can help you to remove excess water.
3. Don't Clean with Water Above 60°C
Wool and hot water don't work well together. Just like when you throw wool in the washing machine, you should avoid water that's hotter than 60°C, as this will shrink your carpet and cause it to appear wrinkled and misshapen. You also risk pulling the carpet away from the wall, which is inconvenient and expensive to fix.
Stick to cold or lukewarm water when cleaning your carpet, and look for the 'wool' setting on your carpet cleaner.
4. Don't Use Harsh Cleaning Products
Harsh cleaning products can damage the appearance and condition of your carpet, so it's important to stick to mild detergents. You'll still be able to remove tough stains, but you won't risk irreversible damage. Look for products that don't contain bleach and have a pH level between 5 and 8.
Want to keep your wool carpet looking new forever?
Take extra care while cleaning by avoiding hot water and harsh cleaning products, and being wary of over-wetting. Vacuum the carpet regularly to prevent dirt and stains becoming embedded deep in the carpet, and cleaning won't be such a big job.
If you're worried about cleaning the carpet yourself, contact a specialist for help and advice.