How to Clean Wool Carpeting

Published: October 24th, 2014

Wool carpeting is beautiful and timeless. But how do you keep them looking as good as the day they were installed? With some routine care and proper cleaning techniques, your wool carpets will last many years. At Hopkins Carpet One, we have plenty of experience installing and maintaining wool carpets. Below we have provided some tips for optimal wool carpet care.

Try Cleaning Wool Carpets Yourself

Cleaning Stain from Wool CarpetDo you have a spill or small stain? Try remedying the situation yourself at home. Wool carpeting has excellent stain resistance, so when you follow these instructions you should have clean carpets in no time!

  • Blotting Stains on Wool Carpeting
    Method: This DIY method is something any homeowner can try. Put a terrycloth towel on a spill and gently blot up the spill. Use more than one towel if necessary. For particularly difficult stains, apply a little bit (not much) of water or club soda on the spill/stain and continue to blot.
    What to look out for: DO NOT rub, scrub or otherwise abrade the carpet, as it will cause damage.
  • Vacuuming Wool Carpeting
    Method: Vacuuming frequently is important to help prolong the life of your carpet, but you must find an appropriate machine for wool carpeting. It’s recommended to get a vacuum cleaner with soft brushes and a rotating brush or beater/ brush bar for cut pile/ wool-blend carpets. For loop pile wool/ wool-blend carpets, use a machine with strong suction and without a beater bar.
    What to look out for: Carpets with loop pile may fuzz and distort with too much brushing, rubbing or scraping.

Call the Wool Carpet Cleaning Professionals

As a general rule of thumb, your wool carpets will need to be washed every 1 to 3 years. Check out your manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them. For more heavy-duty cleaning jobs and stubborn stains, you’ll need a Restoration Industry Association (RIA) qualified specialist to clean your carpeting. Using an RIA specialist is the only way to be sure your carpeting is clean and free from mildew, insects, stains and more. Below are a few of the methods a trained technician with the proper equipment might use.

  • Dry Foam and Absorbent Pad for Cleaning Wool Carpeting
    Method: A light detergent foam is applied to the carpeting by machines. It is gently worked into the fibers and left to dry. Once the detergent has dried, it is vacuumed up.
    What to look out for: Be careful not to over-brush as it can lead to carpet damage.
  • Steam Cleaning Wool Carpeting
    Method: For deep cleaning, steam cleaning is a popular method. The process involves steam and detergent being sprayed onto the carpeting, which loosens dirt. The solution is vacuumed up.
    What to look out for: Avoid over-wetting, using too much detergent and applying too much heat. All of these circumstances can cause damage to carpeting.

Remember, when it comes to the longevity of your wool carpets, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Call a professional when you need one to keep your carpets looking their best for years to come.

If you have any questions about your wool carpets, or want to talk about getting them installed, contact Hopkins Carpet One at 952-933-8944 or Contact us Here.