Wool carpeting is considered a luxury option to many people. With its soft feel and sophisticated appearance, many people are excited to have wool carpet in their homes. Wool has a number of other unique attributes that make it a great carpeting choice along with all these advantages. It is naturally flame resistant because wool is so water friendly, for starters. However, it is fire retardant for the same reasons it absorbs stains. Wool will merely char and blacken, and it will not burn or drip or release toxic fumes. You would get a noticeable mark, but the carpet would not catch fire, for example, if you dropped a lit cigarette on a wool carpet. With this in mind, an excellent option for rooms that have hearths or fireplaces, wool is the better option, in addition for those that enjoy candle use on a regular basis. Wool is a natural humidifier due to its absorbency. As a result, wool carpeting will soak up the moisture levels to restore the balance when the air is humid, and when the air is dry wool will release moisture for the same reason. Fortunately, another plus side of the wool’s absorbency is that it is hypo allergenic. Trapping them in the carpet to be easily vacuumed out later, wool absorbs airborne dirt, dust, fumes, and noise the same way it does water, and this keeps the air clean and hygienic. Knowing these benefits, wool carpet still requires care and maintenance, and we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a quick care guide for your wool carpets.
How Do I Care for & Protect My Wool Carpet?
1) Removal of spots and spills is one of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance. Always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand and quickly when anything is dropped or spilled are of the utmost importance.
2) Vacuum as often as possible. The best type for cut pile carpet is an upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush. For loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing, a suction-only vacuum may be required. Whether you have a canister or a bag on your vacuum should be replaced or emptied at the half full level.
3) At the most frequently used entrances to your home, place absorbent mats for prevention maintenance and minimize the dirt and debris that gets trapped in the wool fibers. When these mats become dirty, make sure they are cleaned accordingly. Make sure to also switch out or clean the filters of your HVAC system regularly.
4) Consider using an absorbent powder periodically to clean traffic lanes and the areas in front of frequently used chairs.
5) Be prepared for unexpected spills. To quickly respond to spills and accidents, keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand.
6) Since they tend to accelerate carpet soiling, do not apply stain repellent treatments which contain any silicone. In situations of complaints where such treatments have been used, some carpet manufacturers will not accept responsibility.
7) Make sure to have wool carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.