Wool rugs require just a little bit of extra care when cleaning them. There are various ways you can keep your wool rug cleaned. It will require some patience because wool fibers tend to be very strong. Wool rugs also tend to be very stubborn with stains, making them a bit difficult to remove. They do, however, hold up very well in areas where there’s a lot of traffic. You won’t have to worry about them wearing out quickly.
First, always make sure to vacuum as often as possible but do so very gently. Do not include the beater bar when vacuuming. They tend to be very harsh on wool fabric which in turn causes them to shed quite a bit. If you can, try to vacuum anywhere between 2-4 times each month for extended longevity. Secondly, keep in mind that shedding of your wool carpet or rug doesn’t mean that it is of poor quality. Shedding is normal. Wool rugs that are brand new tend to shed the most. The longer that the wool rugs are in your home, the less they will shed.
Sometimes you may get hit with stains and spills on your wool carpet or rug. Stains could be a result from ink, grease, coffee, marker, mud, or even pets. Depending on the type of stain, treating it will differ. You want to be careful that you don’t cause any further damage to your delicate carpet by using the wrong cleaning products. In order to remove grease stains, you need to use just a spoon, dishwashing liquid and water. For pet stains, you can use a towel, white vinegar, dish soap, and water. You will notice that dishwashing liquid is used to get rid of most stains. If you must result in using a carpet cleaning product, which some stains do require, stick with Woolite. A cap full will go a long way. Avoid using any alkaline detergents since ingredients contained in them can cause your wool fabric to bleed.
Another tip to keep in mind is that regular spot treatment can do your wool carpet justice. Once in a blue moon you may need the assistance of a cleaning professional to do a deep cleaning. Your rug may require some special attention that only a professional will be able to manage. Hiring a professional Is good to avoid any damage to your wool carpeting. They can remove dirt that has deeply embedded itself as well as pet dander. It will also ensure that your carpet looks wonderful for many years to come.
Also, it should give you a peace of mind to know that if you follow proper care instructions you will not need to clean it for a few years. An aerosol foam shampoo treatment tends to be a very good treatment for wool carpeting. This is good for rather light cleaning and small areas on your carpet or rug. Always make sure to not use too much of this foam as to not leave any residue. It should then be worked in with a sponge or a brush to achieve the best results. Vacuum after it fully dries.
A dry extraction solution is another good choice for cleaning your wool carpet. You will first need to vacuum the carpet, sprinkle a little bit of the solution followed by another vacuum. There is no down time with this method because you don’t get the carpet wet at all. Don’t worry if you miss any remaining powder because it’ll absorb. You will be able to get any remnants the next time you vacuum.
Lastly, a spray extraction cleaning option may be good for your wool carpet also. It is not the same as steam cleaning but works similarly. Only use this method for carpets that are very dirty because it can reach deep.
All these tips should really help you to properly care for your wool carpet and rugs. It’s always important to follow proper instructions when dealing with wool because it is a very delicate fabric. You may only need to use a professional just once and leave the rest of the maintenance in your hands.