Regular maintenance and cleaning of a wool or wool mix carpet will most definitely increase the lifespan and improve its good appearance. Wool carpets are very expensive, as we all know, and not looking after them defeats the object of having them in the first place! If you are not so bothered then consider synthetic.
Wool carpets are very pleasing on the eye and feel soft under foot. They can last many decades and it’s not uncommon to see wool carpets in good condition that are over 20 years old. Some can last almost a lifetime and Axminster comes to mind.
Disadvantages of Wool Carpets
Wool carpets cannot cope with spills and accidents. Stains are often permanent unless treated immediately! Tea, coffee, urine, vomit, wine, are just a few culprits. Protection is crucial and brands such as Scotchgard work very well indeed and will save your carpet. Permanent stains look unsightly and cannot be rectified.
Wool carpets are very desirable to textile insect pests such as clothes moth and carpet beetle. Considerable damage can occur if one is not vigilant and appropriate steps taken to prevent and tackle infestations. Regular vacuuming and cleaning, especially edges and under furniture will help prevent such attacks.
Advantages of Wool Carpets
Wool carpets are very high quality floor coverings and look and feel superior compared to other carpets. They will normally outlast inferior cheap carpets. A natural product that is readily available and kinder on the earth’s resources. The wool industry is massive and employs many people all over the world. The choice of carpets is almost unlimited.
Stains & Spills
Protection of wool carpets is crucial. They must be clean before a protector, such as Scotchgard, is applied. Stains and spills must always be treated immediately. I found this very useful information on how to treat such accidents from woolsafe.org
- Blot with white kitchen roll or paper tissues
- Vacuum clean
- Cold water
- Warm water
- WoolSafe-approved carpet shampoo solution (diluted)
- WoolSafe-approved spot remover for water-based stains
- WoolSafe-approved spot remover for greasy/oily stains
- Absorbent paper or paper tissue and hot iron (on wool carpet only!)
- Chewing gum remover (solvent or freeze type)
- Nail varnish remover or acetone
- White spirit or turpentine substitute
- Surgical spirit (ethyl alcohol or ethanol)
- Rub with a coin
- Rub gently with coarse sand paper
Treatments used by professional carpet cleaners
15 WoolSafe-approved disinfectant or deodoriser. 16 Rust remover. 17 Carpet re-colouring kit
Carpet Cleaning for Wool Carpets
If you want your wool carpets to look and feel fantastic and to last much longer then regular cleaning is a must. A mistake made by so many people. It’s madness! Try to save a few bucks for regular cleaning against premature wear and therefore early replacement. Do the math!
So, do you clean wool carpets yourself or employ a professional carpet cleaning company. The problem with wool is it soaks up water like a sponge. A small carpet cleaning machine will lack power, normally with 1 small vacuum motor. The machine will also lack solution pressure. One is tempted to go over and over the carpet to get it clean. The carpet becomes very wet and may take many hours or even days to dry. This is not good!
A professional carpet cleaner will have a high powered machine, be it a petrol truckmount or a portable electric system. High powered vacuums will leave the carpet just slightly damp. Soil removal is far more effective with high powered solution and suction. A pro carpet cleaner will have experience with wool carpets. Can you afford not to use them?