Wool Carpets Need More Attention
and Safe Chemicals
Wool carpets are made from natural wool without the use of pile. They are available in a range of designs and colors, and some consider them to be works of art. Given how valuable they can be, it’s good to know how to take care of them.
When it comes to wool carpets and rugs, prevention is much better than the cure. Try your hardest to prevent them from even getting dirty. Accidents happen though. There will come a time that you need to clean carpets or just call the best carpet cleaning service to take care of it for you.
Wool carpets need a lot more attention and can only be cleaned with safe chemicals. It’s best to leave it in the hands of professionals like the team at Carpestology (Click here to get quick information). That said, here is some advice on cleaning wool carpets.
Cleaning Wool Carpets
Wool carpets are susceptible to bleeding. Test the different colors with different chemicals to ensure bleeding doesn’t occur. You may find one color bleeds easier than another.
There was a time the cleaning guidelines for wool carpets was simple enough; keep the pH level between 4.5 and 8.5 and you’re good. Those guidelines were supposedly created by Wools of New Zealand, who eventually abdicated from marketing and were replaced by the Wool-Safe Organization of Great Britain. Their tests showed that the pH guidelines weren’t useful after all, as some products considered to be safe weren’t, and some products with pH levels as high as 11.0 were proven to be safe.
Problems arise when using buffered cleaning products. These are products that are made to preserve their pH value, which helps in certain cleaning situations. Wool carpets should be cleaned by Wool Safe solutions that neutralize as they dry. Having a solution that ends up with a pH level of 4.5 – 5.5 is the most important thing.
Basic Wool Carpet Cleaning
Vacuum your carpets three times, on both the face and backing fibers. Test the colors for colorfastness, as you would with regular cleaning. Use a trigger sprayer on the mist setting to mist a fiber rinse diluted to 4-6oz per gallon of water.
Grrom the pile downward with the nap on a groom and clean white fringes with a substance such as Chemspec Rx and a liquid detergent like Matrix Confident Premium Extraction Detergent. Brush the carpet in an outward motion on the fringes, and leave for five minutes before rinsing with a hand tool. Use as little moisture as possible to prevent browning. Also, speed dry the carpet with air movers to further avoid browning.
Immersive Wool Carpet Cleaning
To get the best carpet cleaning for your wool carpet, we advise removing dry soil before cleaning. You can do this by vacuuming the front and bag of the rug or a portable duster/compressed air duster.
Test the rug for colorfastness using alkaline products. Don’t forget that alkalinity may cause bleeding. Leave enough time for the tested area to dry and test for bleeding. Use a preconditioner such as Matrix Accomplish and leave enough time for it to soak in and get to work.
Carpestology Best known Wool Carpet Cleaners
Carpestology best carpet cleaning service uses in-plant equipment at this stage to clean the carpet. If you don’t have the equipment, then you can create your own using a cleaning tub and a plastic and PVC pipe.
As with other cleaning methods, you want to use air movers to dry the wool carpet as quickly as possible when done.
Get in touch with Carpestology today to learn more about, and to book your own carpet cleaning appointment. Contact us today for more information on our wool carpets and how to clean them, or get a quick online quote now!