Cleaning Wool Carpet08/29/2013 Back To Blog
Cleaning a wool carpet is not as easy as cleaning the typical kind of material. It is a little bit trickier. Most of them are no longer made of wool anymore; they are typically made of olefin or nylon fibers. There is a particular way to clean each type of fabric, so the first thing to do is identify exactly what kind of material you have. After doing so, you can better figure out which carpet cleaning method is best.
Cleaning Genuine Material
Wool carpets that are genuinely made of wool require taking a few special precautions that are needed when cleaning such a material as wool. Wool is considered to be at the top of the food chain when it comes to fibers as it is the fiber of fibers. It is durable yet soft and naturally repels dirt and other filthy contaminants. Even better, it is quite absorbent to water; however, issues can develop during the carpet cleaning process.
How to Clean
Wool should be cleaned gently and with care; it will not standup well to excessive heat and pressure. Make sure not to use temperatures over 150 degrees. The same thing applies if you try to wash a wool sweater with hot water. It will definitely shrink. The same thing applies resulting in shrinking and pulling away from the walls while drying because you used water that was too hot.
Also, try to avoid the use of excessive moisture. Wool is known for absorbing and holding-in water, causing wool carpets to be quite hard to dry after they’ve been overly saturated. Failing to be mindful of this can result in further shrinking, unpleasant odors, as well as mold growth. Day to day cleaning here and there is ok, but be very careful when deep cleaning.