Wool carpet care – how to maintain a wool carpet

Mrs Wood from Glassford, near Strathaven emailed us to ask.

How should I care for my wool blend carpet when it gets stained or I spill liquids ?

We work with residential customers across Glasgow, sometimes we travel a little further.  We clean carpets in air b n b properties for  clients in Strathaven on a regular basis, cleaning and maintaining carpets and upholstery for a number of customers around South Lanarkshire. 

At Alba Floor Care we love to receive questions from our customers. We always do our best to answer your queries.

Wool is a beautiful material for carpet construction. It has some qualities that are ideal for a lush, warm carpet. For instance, wool is an excellent insulator, so warm toasty flooring  is guaranteed,

However there are some other qualities of wool which make it less than suitable as a floor covering. Wool is extremely absorbent, not ideal for a floor covering where liquids may be spilled on the floor.

Some of the more undesirable qualities can be overcome by adding a little synthetic material into the mix.

Thats the reason that most mid to high range Wool carpets normally contain a blend of around 05% to 30% synthetic material.

The most popular mix in terms of actual carpet sales in the UK is an 80% / 20% blend.

Wool carpets differ from synthetic carpets in the ways we recommend you care for your carpet.

Our first tip on how to care for wool carpets is…

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum.

Mr wood vacuuming his carpet in Strathaven A wool carpet, or wool blend carpet can become dirty and damaged far quicker than a synthetic carpet. The reason for this is the nature of the wool fibre, which can hide dirt more effectively by trapping it into the wool fibres, where it begins to wear down the fibre by gentle abrasion. After time this abrasive action causes the carpet to wear and tear prematurely.

This can be avoided by making sure you vacuum the carpet regularly.

Daily vacuuming is recommended to remove the trapped dirt and to stop it building up to levels where damage will occur.

When vacuuming your carpet it is important to thoroughly cover all the carpeted areas. Choose an upright vacuum cleaner with a rotary brush cleaning head, this will provide agitation to the carpet surface knocking any dirt loose from the surface pile. We are often asked what vacuum cleaner we recommend. For professional carpet cleaners

Spill Kit

glass or red wine spilled on the floorThe second tip we recommend for getting the most out of your wool carpe or floor covering, is how to assemble a clean up kit to deal with any unexpected stains or spills.

The reason for this is wool is naturally absorbent, so when you spill liquids on the floor and don’t clean it up correctly then there is a chance the carpet may stain.

The good news is it’s simply to care for your wool carpet if you have a few items to hand to deal with any spills or marks as they occur.

At Alba Floor Care, Our professional carpet cleaning technicians always carry a carpet spill pack.

Consisting of a few white cotton terry towels, a spray bottle with plain water, and a bottle of our free carpet and upholstery, spot and stain remover.

Blot, don’t rub

blot-carpet-stain with a cotton cloth to absorb all the excess liquidWhen any spillage occurs on your carpet the most important thing to remember is to treat it immediately, chances are the liquid will pool in the surface of the carpet giving you vital time to grab your clean up kit.

Use a clean dry terry towel to blot up as much of the liquid as possible, using a dabbing motion keep patting the spill until there is no more moisture transferring across from the carpet onto the towel.

Now using your spray bottle, filled with clean, fresh water, mist the area where the spillage occurred. repeat the dabbing motion with your terry towel until the residue has been removed from the carpet also. If there are any marks left over, using our professional carpet and upholstery stain remover will remove the residue without causing damage to your carpet.

Our cleaning solution is eco friendly,  We chose it as it’s safe to use around children and pets, it does not require rinsing and it removes 99% of water based stains and marks from the carpet without the use of bleaches of enzymes.

If you have a mark or stain on your wool carpet and you just can’t shift it, call Alba Floor Care today on 0800 788 0615  to arrange a free quote for your carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning requirements.