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How to Care for a Wool Carpet

How to Care for a Wool Carpet

When it comes to carpets and carpet manufacturing, wool is the most commonly used natural fibre. It not only looks and feels great but also offers a range of protective qualities such as stain protection, resilience and soil resistance.

However, despite its protective qualities, wool is considerably more delicate than synthetic fibres and therefore requires more in the way of care and maintenance. In this post, we’ll provide a helpful and easy-to-follow guide for how to care for a wool carpet!

How to Clean a Wool Carpet Yourself

Vacuuming a Wool Carpet

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When many people buy a wool carpet, they see it as an investment, and all investments should be treated with care, right? While you can opt for professional cleaning services — which we'll get to a bit later — it's essential to know how to care for a wool carpet yourself. The first thing to note is that if you have invested in a wool carpet, it's also a good idea to invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Ideally, one with soft bristles and powerful suction, as this will help to prolong the life of the wool fibres.

One particularly crucial thing to do is vacuum your carpet every day for one week when it's initially fitted. This helps remove any debris or residue, such as dust that settles during installation. It's also a good idea to implement a more extensive care plan for your wool carpet. For example, vacuuming twice a week is especially in high-traffic areas (such as hallways or entrances). Fortunately, wool is stain and dirt-resistant, which means being diligent with your vacuum should be enough TLC to keep your wool carpet looking fresh and feeling soft.

Spillages on Wool Carpets

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Rather than panicking and running around like a headless chicken when a spill happens — stay calm and follow our expert instructions.

Wool consists of many air pockets within the fibres, creating a brilliant system for providing warmth and installation, making wool especially popular during the winter months. However, this can also make wool carpets particularly troublesome for stains as they're more challenging to dry. For many of us, instinct kicks in when a spill occurs, and we begin to soak and scrub rapidly. The problem with this is that it not only can cause damage and bad smells but also make it take weeks for the carpet to dry. Discover how to care for a wool carpet in the event of a spill with the following steps!

When a spill happens, the first thing you need to do is remove any solids and very gently blot the spill using a clean, dry paper towel (do not rub!!). Secondly, use warm water in a spray bottle and spray the soiled area(s) before gently rubbing the carpet with a soft, clean cloth/sponge. And finally, blot any excess water using paper towels while ventilating the room to accelerate the drying process.

Stains on Wool Carpets

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As with spills, it's vital to treat stains right away. When stains penetrate wool carpets, especially as they go deeper, it becomes more and more difficult to remove. Therefore you need to act fast but also ensure you follow manufacturer guidelines closely when using a carpet cleaner. Doing so not only prevents the stain from penetrating too deep into the carpet but also allows the cleaner to work as effectively as possible. When using a carpet cleaner, especially if it's your first time using a new product, test it on an area of the carpet that's not in plain sight.

Pet ‘Accidents’ on Wool Carpets

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While animals may not be as common in commercial environments as they are at home, there's still potential for pet accidents to occur within offices, retail, etc. When such incidents occur... you guessed it, you need to act fast! We'd suggest a combination of baking soda and vinegar to treat the affected area. Begin by sprinkling some baking soda and leaving it for half an hour before you vacuum. Then, combine some vinegar, water and washing-up liquid before softly rubbing the stain in a circular motion. Do so with a clean cloth dipped in the solution mentioned above and wring it out well.

Professional Steam Cleaning a Wool Carpet

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At Total Clean, we provide a vast array of professional cleaning services suited to the needs of many different commercial and residential environments. If you’re unsure how to care for a wool carpet and would like the assistance of a professional, say no more! Our team of experienced cleaning professionals provide regular vacuuming, carpet shampooing as well as quality control services to ensure both the aesthetic and physical condition of your carpets are top tier.

Our team has a wealth of experience — from everyday maintenance to tackling particular stubborn stains — and can make sure your wool carpet looks, feels and smells amazing. Beyond this, we also offer a range of other cleaning services to suit our customer’s many different needs. Whether you’re concerned about your office’s everyday hygiene and require a deep clean to cover all bases or simply require a more efficient means of maintaining Covid-19 standards, we’re here to help and happy to do so.

‘How to care for a wool carpet’ is just one of many awesome cleaning guides you can find on the Total Clean blog. Check out the rest of our posts for more advice. However, if you have any questions or want to learn more about any of our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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