Vacuum regularly. Frequent vacuuming is a carpet’s best friend. A suction only canister vacuum is best to prevent excess pilling, fuzzing and pulls. However, if this type is not available, set vacuum so that the brush is furthest away from the surface of the carpet.

  • Remove spills immediately by blotting the spill with paper towels or a clean absorbent cloth.
  • Keep doormats clean. Exercise preventative maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become soiled.
  • Professionally clean as needed. Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. We highly recommend finding a cleaner who is experienced at cleaning wool carpets.
  • Dry cleaning systems such as Capture®; Host®; Dri-Mate®; Wool Clean by Wools of New Zealand and Chem-Dry are recommended. Truck-Mounted steam extraction is acceptable for tackless wall to wall installations. We do not recommend steam cleaning for loose lay rugs nor do we recommend any portable units (Bonnet systems, Rug Doctor, etc.).

One of the most crucial areas of wool maintenance is prompt removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is spilled or dropped and always having the necessary cleaning materials on hand are of the utmost importance.

  • Immediately blot (do not rub) spills with white paper towels or clean absorbent cloth. Scoop up solids.
  • All cleaning agents and solvents should be Ph neutral; pre-test should be done in an inconspicuous area.
  • Apply the cleaning agent listed on the spot removal chart (below) to an absorbent towel and begin to blot up the spill with a blotting motion. Flip cloth to prevent reapplying soil.
  • Do not oversaturate with water.
  • Work inward from the edge of the spot to prevent excess spreading.
  • Wait a few minutes for the cleaning agent to work on the spot.
  • Once the cleaning agent has removed the spot, blot excessive moisture by applying pressure with paper towels or a dry absorbent cloth.
  • Rinse with clear water applied to a clean cloth (do not apply water directly to the rug).
  • Remove excess moisture by applying pressure with paper towels.

Nothing can guarantee the complete removal of a stain. 
Refer to the Spot Removal Chart below for further guidelines.




DETERGENT SOLUTION: 1 teaspoon Woolite, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1 quart warm water



1
Add cold water and blot
6

Clean nail polish remover (preferably acetone)

2
Detergent solution or WoolClean Dry Spot Remover
7
Isopropyl alcohol
3
Methylated mineral spirits, turpentine, or WoolClean Dry Spot Remover
8
Rust remover
4
Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag; follow by picking or scraping off gum
9
Absorbent powder (ex: salt, talc, or Absorb-It)
5
Warm water
10
Absorbent Cleaner (WoolClean Spot Dry Remover, Host, Capture)

STAIN TREATMENT CHART

SPOT
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
SPOT
Step 1Step 2
Step 3
Alcoholic Beverages
2
-
-
Milk 
5
3
2
Blood
1
2
-
Nail Polish
6
3
-
Butter
3
2
-
Oil & Grease
32-
Candle Wax
6
4
-
Paint (latex)
123
Chewing Gum
4
3
-
Paint (Oil)
932
Coffee
1
2
-
Rust
328
Colas & Soft Drinks
1
2
-
Salad Dressing
23-
Cream
2
3
-
Shoe Polish
32-
Floor Was
3
2
-
Tar
3--
Gravy & Sauces
1
2
-
Urine (fresh)
2--
Ink (fountain pen)
1
2
-
Urine (old)
1210
Ink (ball point)



Vomit
2--
Lipstick
3
2
-
Wine
912
Mercurochrome
2
10
-
Unknown Material
3102


Though nothing can guarantee the complete removal of a stain, a dry carpet cleaning system such as HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit is by far the most successful method for cleaning natural fiber floor coverings.

HOST works by using a highly absorbent powder moistened with water, detergent, and a small amount of solvent. The sponging action of the cleaner dissolves and absorbs soil and spots, which can then be removed by vacuuming.

One box covers 208 square feet.

HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit is widely available online.