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How To Clean Wool Carpet

19 July 2023

Wool carpets are popular for their luxurious feel and natural durability. Regular cleaning is essential to maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. However, it's essential to use gentle cleaning methods to protect the delicate wool fibres of your wool rug or carpet.

At The Carpet Team, we aim to ensure your home, and carpets, look fantastic all year round. We make sure you know how to maintain the quality of your wool carpet, and how you can deal with common stains.

How To Clean Wool Carpet

Preparing For Cleaning

Before you clean your wool carpet, some preparation work will help you achieve better results.

Gathering The Necessary Supplies To Clean A Wool Carpet

Before cleaning wool carpets, gather essential supplies to make the job easier. You should look out for environmentally friendly and wool-safe cleaning products for the best results.

If you need a shopping list to ensure you have necessary supplies, please consider the following items:

  • A vacuum cleaner with adjustable suction and a brush attachment
  • Mild detergent specifically formulated for wool carpets
  • Clean cloth or towels - even a paper towel
  • Brush with soft bristles or sponge
  • Wool-safe spot cleaner (optional)
  • Enzymatic cleaner for pet stains (if applicable)
  • Wool-safe dry cleaning powder (if dry extraction method is chosen)
  • Baking soda (if applicable)
  • Wool detergent or liquid dishwasher detergent (if applicable)
  • Large basin or bucket for mixing cleaning solution
  • Cold water for rinsing

With these items, you can focus on cleaning your wool carpet.

Pre-Cleaning Inspection

Before starting the cleaning process, conduct a thorough inspection of the carpet. Look for stains, spills, and areas that require extra attention and these areas for targeted cleaning.

For proper cleaning, remove or stack furniture to ensure you can clean as much of the carpet as possible, ensuring there is no hiding dirt you don't see or find when you clean stains.

Regular Maintenance And Preventive Measures

Maintaining the condition of an existing or new wool carpet is an ongoing process, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic, and the following steps are helpful in ensuring your carpet or wool rug looks fantastic.

Regular Vacuuming

Vacuuming regularly is crucial to remove dirt, dust, and debris that accumulate in wool carpets. Vacuum at least once a week and use a vacuum cleaner with adjustable suction and a brush attachment. Avoid using vacuums with rotating brushes as they can damage the fibres.

Dealing With Spills And Wet Stains

Handle spills and stains promptly to prevent permanent damage to wool carpets. Blot the spill gently with a dry cloth to absorb the liquid. Avoid rubbing, as it can push the stain deeper. Treat specific stains like wine, coffee, or pet stains with appropriate cleaning solutions, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

You can also check out our post "How To Clean Milk Out Of Carpet" for additional insights.

Deep Cleaning Wool Carpets

It might be that there is a robust stain on your wool carpet which means you need a more aggressive approach. Using a dry paper towel and a brush with soft bristles is fine for some stains, but at other times, steam cleaning is a far more effective option to make stains disappear.

Professional Cleaning Vs. DIY

Consider the pros and cons of professional carpet cleaning services versus cleaning wool carpets yourself. Professional cleaning offers deep and thorough results, while DIY methods are cost-effective.

Hiring a professional cleaner is more expensive, so you might need to decide as per your budget, but if you need assistance in removing stains, help is available from a professional carpet cleaner.

Don't also miss our article "How Much Is Carpet Cleaning" - it offers valuable insights into this important topic.

DIY Deep Cleaning Methods, Including Steam Clean

To deep clean wool carpets, consider steam cleaning or dry extraction methods. To steam clean, use a steam cleaner designed for wool carpets and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Dry extraction involves using a wool-safe dry-cleaning powder, spreading it on the carpet, and vacuuming it up after the specified time. 

The Best Cleaning Solution For Special Cases

A certain type of stain will require a specific approach, and as always, when there is a fresh stain, it is best to act quickly.

While wool is naturally stain resistant to oil-based liquids and soiling, a lot of non-oil-based liquids, such as coffee or wine, cause significant problems with carpet fibres.

For more learnings, you can check out our post "How To Clean Carpet Stains".

Wool Naturally Deters Liquids, But Not All

Having your carpet professionally cleaned is an option, but you can try the following steps to remove stains.

Removing Pet Hair And Odours

To remove pet hair, use a vacuum cleaner with a pet-friendly attachment or a rubber brush to loosen and collect the hair. For odours, consider using enzymatic cleaners designed for pet accidents or natural deodorizers like baking soda.

We also recommend taking a look at our post "How To Clean Cat Pee From Carpet" for valuable insights.

Addressing Mould And Mildew

Prevent and address mould and mildew growth by ensuring proper ventilation in the room. Control moisture levels by keeping the carpet dry and using dehumidifiers if necessary. If mould or mildew appears, treat the affected area with a mild detergent solution and dry thoroughly.

Removing Coffee Or Tea Stains

Blot the spill immediately with a clean, white cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible. Mix a solution of mild detergent and warm water, and apply the solution to the stained area using a clean cloth or sponge, gently blotting the stain. Then rinse with cold water and blot dry.

A similar approach applies to dealing with wine stains. With wine, you can liberally sprinkle baking soda and white vinegar with a soft cloth or clean rag. You should lightly dab the stain, hopefully releasing trapped dirt from the natural material.

Our post "How To Clean Red Wine From Carpet" maybe interest you. You can check it out.

Grease Or Oil Stains

Gently scrape off any excess grease or oil using a spoon or dull knife and sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch over the stained area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes to absorb the oil. After this, vacuum the area to remove the baking soda or cornstarch.

Mix a mild detergent with warm water and apply the solution to the stained area using a cloth or paper towel or even a sponge, gently blotting the stain, before rinsing.

The same approach is applicable to dried mud or trapped sand with a wool carpet.

Ink Stains

Blot the ink stain gently with a dry paper towel to absorb as much ink as possible. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain, and apply a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Next, you should blot the stained area with the alcohol-soaked cloth, working from the outer edges toward the middle.

Food Or Sauce Stains

Firstly, remove any solid residue from the wool carpet with a spoon or dull knife, and then mix a solution of mild wool detergent and warm water. After this, apply the solution to the stained area, gently blotting the stain, and rinsing with tepid water before you dry the carpet or wool rugs.

You Don't Have To Gently Rub To Get Rid Of Stains

Remember, it's important to always blot stains rather than lightly rub or gently agitate them to prevent further spreading or damage to the wool fibres. Additionally, test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the wool carpet before applying it to the stain to ensure it doesn't cause discoloration or damage.

If in doubt or dealing with stubborn stains, it is advisable to consult a local carpet cleaner for assistance.

We Help You Care For Your Wool Carpet

Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are crucial for preserving the beauty and longevity of wool carpets. Follow the guidelines provided in this comprehensive guide to keep your wool carpets clean and well-maintained. By taking care of your wool carpets, you can enjoy their luxurious feel and durability for years to come.

Caring for your carpet is a vital task, be it wool or synthetic carpets. The nature of wool means you require a specialist approach, especially in high-traffic areas. You should vacuum once a week to maintain its appearance and blot spills immediately, preferably with an absorbent cloth or damp sponge.

The Carpet Team has a range of solutions and guidance to ensure you know how to clean wool carpets, and if you require any more guidance, please let us know.



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