Wool is popular choices when it comes to the type of carpet a homeowner wants in their home. It is a natural fibre, hard wearing, retains warmth, is sound absorbing and feels soft underfoot. However, there are some common myths and fears about cleaning wool carpets.
In this blog, we will look at some of the myths and misconceptions about cleaning wool carpets and help you understand the process and importance in the care of your expensive investment.
Will cleaning wool carpets damage them?
The simple answer is NO. Not if they are cleaned correctly. Wool is like any other carpet fibre; once it gets dirty it needs to be cleaned to help stop dirt and grit damaging the carpet fibre causing premature wear. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is the method of cleaning all wool manufacturers recommend as the best way to safely clean your carpets.
Wool fibres can have an oily substance in them called Lanolin. This substance is almost completely removed from the fibre in the manufacturing process. If not totally removed in the carpet, it attracts dirt particles into the fibre. These particles can rub against the fibres with friction and cause premature wear in the carpets. So regular cleaning also helps remove Lanolin from the fibre.
Will steam cleaning shrink my wool carpets?
Again the answer is NO. Not if they are cleaned correctly. Wool is a highly absorbent fibre therefore, it is important not to over wet the carpets when cleaning. It is also important to use only warm water when cleaning wool carpets as hot water may cause them to shrink.
Wool carpets retain water in the fibres and can take longer to dry than a synthetic carpet, usually between 4-6 hours. It is also important to ventilate each room cleaned as much as possible by using ceiling and portable fans and open windows to circulate air throughout the room where possible to help the drying process.
Woollen carpets should be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner using a powerful professional cleaning machine. DIY cleaning machines do not have the suction power of a professional machine and may leave woollen carpets over wet and if not dried out properly leaving them smelling like a wet dog. A professional should also use wool safe cleaning methods and products that will not damage the carpet fibre.
Regular vacuuming using a powerful rotatory head helps keep your wool carpets staying cleaner for longer and therefore prolonging their life. With vacuuming, it removes loose dirt particles that rub against the carpet fibres causing them to prematurely wear. So we recommend you vacuum your carpets at least once a week and professionally steamed cleaned once a year to keep your carpets looking and feeling great.
Here at Deluxe Carpet Cleaners, we have had many years’ experience in all types of wool carpet cleaning. We use the hot water extraction method, commonly known as steam cleaning. We also use certified wool safe cleaning products to clean, sanitise and deodorise your expensive wool carpets. This experience is your confidence that the job is being done right.
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