Families in America have begun thinking about the future of the planet, and have started decorating their homes and offices with renewable, eco-friendly products including 100% wool carpets from Bloomsburg Carpet.
Having a mudroom where your family and employees can remove boots and dripping wet coats is not a luxury that every family or business has. Wool has a natural oily wax that repels cold water and most dirt, making quick clean ups a breeze when performed in a timely and regular fashion. But what about constant exposure to salts, sand and water from cold, wet winters? Protecting the investment you make in your homes carpeting during the winter from wet and muddy feet can be as simple as placing large area rugs at every entrance.
It is important to note that you should change out these rugs when they become dirty or wet with clean rugs. Equally important is that rugs that are not changed out be cleaned regularly. This will minimize the damaging grit that can slip through the fibers into your main flooring (wood or carpet). This grit is damaging not only the fibers of your area rug, but the flooring beneath it. Minimizing the amount of dirt luxury flooring is exposed to is important because by nature carpets are designed to hide being dirty. In fact before your carpets even show that they are dirty, there is harmful dust, dirt and sand breaking down the fibers of your carpet if it’s not being vacuumed regularly.
When cleaning wool there are several key things you’ll want to remember, the most important of all is that hot water will shrink your wool carpet, just like it shrinks your favorite sweaters. Another important factor is that wool’s fiber structure makes it incredibly absorbent so you’ll want to avoid over saturating it however you choose to clean it.
The next thing to remember is regular vacuuming will go a long way towards extending the life of your wool rugs. This is a good rule of thumb for any rug, as the sharp edges of sandy soil and other debris can break down the thin fibers that carpets are made of. Keeping a clean, dry area rug in entryways provides family members (and pets) a to get dry, and remove dirty shoes and boots before continuing into your home. This is probably the best advice we can provide with regards to protecting carpets from winter woes.
Looped wool rugs should not be vacuumed with vacuum beaters turned on. Beaters will pull at the fibers resulting in a frizzed appearance. A quality vacuum with strong suction will do wonders for removing surface dirt, winter salt and sand from the fibers of your carpets and rugs.
Other carpets which are not looped should be vacuumed using the beater bar to ensure maximum agitation and loosening of all dirt that has become embedded in the carpet.
DO NOT USE “Oxy” type cleaners on your wool rugs. These types of cleaners might not harm synthetic fiber rugs, but the alkaline properties in these types of cleaners will destroy the natural fibers of your wool carpets. Similarly we cannot recommend dry powder type cleaners. The cleaning residues left by these cleaners might cause pilling or other unsatisfactory results.
Steam cleaning is best left to the professionals when it comes to your wool carpets. The dangers with steam cleaning with a big machine are numerous. The improper steaming of your carpets or using a large rental machine with heavy beaters or brushes can fray or pull the loop on a wool rug or excessive moisture and heat can shrink your carpets or even cause staining.
We hope this blog has provided useful information about winter carpet care and maintenance of your woven wool carpet. For Information about new luxury woven wool carpets for your home or office that have been made in the USA, contact Bloomsburg Carpet Agent in your area.