how to clean wool carpet at home

How to clean wool carpet at home

When you have wool carpet, you will want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. To keep wool carpet looking new, you will want to keep it clean. The best way to keep wool carpet or any other carpet clean is to prevent it from getting dirty in the first place. This can be accomplished by making sure people take of their shoes before entering the house, limiting things like eating on the cart, and when people do wear their shoes, to make sure that they do not track anything on the carpet. Investing in a good doormat is well worth it to keep your wool carpet clean. Sometimes no matter how much you try, your wool carpet will get dirty and you will have to clean your carpet.

Basic Wool Carpet Cleaning

Basic wool carpet cleaning includes prevention, which is done by keeping dirt off the carpets. This is done by making sure people don’t track dirt into the house and on to the carpet. You will also want to keep an eye on your pets’ paws when they come in from outside. Once inside, limit what drinks and food is allowed on the carpet. Greasy food and anything with red dye (natural or artificial color) should be kept away from the carpet. Regular vacuuming of the carpet will keep dirt from accumulating. This should be done at least weekly and more often if there is a lot of traffic.

Cleaning Wool Carpet

Wool carpet is expensive and many people choose to have their carpet professionally cleaned to avoid damage to the wool fibers. Other people choose to clean the carpet themselves. When getting the carpet professionally done, be sure the carpet cleaning company is aware that they will be cleaning wool carpet. These are some wool carpet cleaning options:

  • Dry foam carpet cleaning – this method uses the least amount of water, which is ideal for wool carpet. The foam, once dried, is vacuumed up. An absorbent pad may be used on heavily soiled areas.
  • Steam carpet cleaning – this method usually gets the wool carpet too wet and the carpet may develop an odor. Heated steamy water is applied to the carpet and then suctioned up, often leaving the carpet damp and carpet cleaning residue left behind.
  • ‘Oxy’ carpet cleaners – this is a bad choice for wool carpets because it can damage the fibers. This cleaning method works well for synthetic carpets, but not natural fiber carpets.
  • Dry powder carpet cleaners – this method of carpet cleaning can cause a residue build up and ‘pilling’ of the carpet fibers.

When it comes to wool carpet, the best way to clean it is with minimal agitation, gentle scrubbing, and little or no heat. Ideally, the carpet should be cleaned with natural detergents and using a method that allows the carpet to dry quickly.

Wool Carpet Stain Removal

When you own a wool carpet, there may be times when you will need to clean a stain or a spot on the carpet. When there is a spill, it is best to clean it up as soon as possible. Gently scrape any loose material and soak up any liquids with a clean, white absorbent cloth. Use only spot removers that are made for wool carpet or are safe for wool carpets. There are professional products and products you can find around the house that are safe for wool carpets, like a mixture of a neutral detergent (like Woolite) and vinegar mixed with water. Alcohol may also be used, depending on the type of stain.

With proper cleaning and care, your wool carpet can last a long time and look like new for a long time.

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