Wool Carpet Cleaning Tips
Most flooring experts believe wool is the top carpet fiber in the business. This natural fiber is strong, flexible and as soft as your favorite sweater. It not only resists wear, tear, stains and dirt better than other fibers, but it also provides excellent insulation. Because wool is a natural fiber, though, it is also one of the most expensive options on the market.
If you decide to invest in wool carpet for your home, you’ll want to take extra steps to protect it. Follow these simple dos and don’ts to make sure your carpet will keep its distinctive look and feel for years to come.
DO NOT clean with hot water
Just like some of your clothes should only be cleaned in cold water, wool reacts poorly to extremely hot water. Because of this, you should never clean your wool carpet with water that has been heated to more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If you clean wool carpet with hot water, it will shrink and pull away from the walls.
DO NOT saturate
The same properties that make wool an excellent choice for sweaters also makes it perfect for carpet. Wool fibers create many small air pockets that provide insulation during the cold winter months. While these small pockets provide great insulation, however, they also make wool notoriously difficult to dry. If you soak your carpet when cleaning it, it will trap moisture for weeks and start to smell. If you do use water and shampoo for your carpet, dry it first with fans and open windows.
DO NOT use abrasive cleaners
Because wool fibers are sensitive, they should not be exposed to direct sunlight or harsh cleaning chemicals. When choosing a carpet cleaner, do not use one with bleach or brightener. Instead, stick with cleaners that have a pH between five and eight.
DO vacuum regularly
Because wool is dirt and stain resistant, you can keep it looking great for a long time just by vacuuming regularly. Regular vacuuming will pick up dirt before it has a chance to work its way into the depths of your carpet where it can do the most damage. Most experts recommend vacuuming all of your carpet at least once a week, and high traffic areas once every other day.
DO lift stains right away
While wool is more resistant to stains and dirt than other types of fiber, it also can also prove nearly impossible to clean when stains have had time to set. Make sure you use a quality carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions as soon as possible. Afterwards, dry the spot thoroughly.
DO use a beater brush
A beater brush, set to the tallest carpet setting, can be helpful when you’re trying to coax the dirt from your carpet. Before using a beater brush, however, make sure it is the best choice for your carpet’s construction. For example, Berber carpet can suffer irreparable damage when cleaned with a beater brush, while frieze carpet demands a beater brush.