Caring for Wool Floor Coverings
Wool is durable, naturally resilient and stain resistant—but that doesn't mean it doesn't require care. Maintaining your wool floor rug or carpeting will repay you by keeping its beauty for many years. Click or scroll down for our tips and guidelines for caring for your new wool floor covering.
- Vacuum regularly. Frequent vacuuming is a wool carpet's best friend. In most cases, a suction only canister vacuum is best to prevent excess pilling and fuzzing. However, if this type is not available, set the vacuum so that the brush is positioned furthest away from the surface of the carpet.
- Remove spills immediately (see below).
- Professionally clean as needed. Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling.
- Exercise preventative maintenance by placing absorbent doormats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become soiled.
- The vacuum cleaner dust bag should be changed when half full.
- Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
Note about edge finish: Our tufted wool area rugs are machine-finished with a “serged to blend" overcast stitch, using a yarn that closely matches the yarn of the rug. A narrow fabric binding applied beneath the stitching adds strength and helps to keep yarns in place. We like the way a serged edge blends with the rest of the rug, but because the looped threads can be pulled by heels (and pets' paws), we don't recommend placing your rug in areas with heavy foot traffic, human or animal.
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. Here are some guidelines, plus a link to our Spot (by type) Removal Chart:
- Immediately blot (do not rub) spills with white paper towels or clean absorbent cloth. Scoop up solids.
- Pretest any spot-removal treatment in an inconspicuous area.
- Apply the cleaning agent listed on the Spot Removal Chart (link below) to an absorbent towel and begin to blot up the spill with a blotting motion. Flip cloth to prevent reapplying soil.
- Do NOT saturate 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.
CLICK HERE for our Spot Removal Chart
HOST Dry Cleaning Kit
Our HOST Dry Cleaning Kit works for wool as well as sisal blends. Though nothing can guarantee the complete removal of a stain, a dry carpet cleaning system such as HOST 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.