Before purchasing new carpet, you need to consider many specifics – the room it is going to be placed in, the spending budget, and of course – the carpet cleaning requirements. However, it is not as difficult to put the product in order and give it a fresh look as it might seem at first glance, no matter what type of carpet you have decided on.
If you have bought woollen carpet, you ought to be aware in advance of what you should and shouldn’t do in order to keep it in proper condition.
What you absolutely must not do:
- Spill water or other fluids on the carpet abundantly and frequently. Liquid stains, if left untreated, can lead to permanent discolouration, the appearance of an unpleasant odour, and/or deformation.
- Use bleach, vanish or other harsh chemicals. There is a great risk of hopelessly spoiling the beautiful floor cover.
- Aim heating devices directly at the carpet. Prolonged exposure to hot steam or air will damage or deform the carpet.
- Apply a new cleaning agent to the entire surface at once. It is best to test the effect of the product on an inconspicuous area of the carpet.
Basic rules for domestic carpet cleaning of wool carpets:
- Use a vacuum cleaner systematically – at least twice a week.
- Remove any accidentally spilled water immediately. A clean rag or tissue will come in handy.
- Remove overturned juice, felt-tip pen drawings and other “surprises” immediately, preventing pigments from penetrating deeper into the surface.
- Perform deep carpet cleaning 1-2 times a year, but very carefully (assuming the carpet is either a mix of wool and synthetic, or 100% wool).
- Keep in mind that the bottom side needs cleaning as well.
How to Clean Woollen Carpet at Home without Spending Money?
Here are just a few ways to clean woollen carpet without damaging it:
Salt – Shake regular salt over the fibres and rub with a dry sponge. Sweep or vacuum the carpet. To brighten the pile, you can add lemon (mix the juice of 1 lemon with 1 kg of dry salt).
Welding – Most often, the contents of teapots are thrown away in vain, because dried tea leaves can come in handy. Immediately before sprinkling, they are moistened, and then they are left on top for an hour. Then you should remove the mixture from the surface. This method is only relevant for dark-coloured carpets.
Sauerkraut – It is believed to be the most effective for cleaning woollen rugs at home. Sauerkraut is rinsed in cold water, squeezed and then laid out on the carpet. You have to replace it as it changes its colour. Brush the carpet in the direction of the pile. At the end of this cleaning, the carpet should be air-dried.
Professional Carpet Cleaning of Woollen Carpets
One of the things people like most about having a woollen carpet at home is that it can absorb a tremendous amount of dust and still look in good condition. However, you should not wait until the carpet is dirty, and use carpet cleaning services once every six months. If you skip the steam carpet cleaning procedure, the results are less than what might normally be achieved, and there will be a vast drop in the carpet’s exploitation period.
Many people are not sure whether carpet steam cleaning is appropriate for woollen carpets – and it definitely is! However, to make sure you will not damage your carpet, hot water extraction cleaning has to be done by professionals! Do not experiment with your fancy floor cover by trying to clean it yourself. Steam carpet cleaning is an especially useful and popular cleaning method as it fully sanitizes and disinfects the carpet all at once!
However, after this type of cleaning the woollen carpet may smell like a wet dog for a couple of days, but do not be alarmed – the smell will disappear soon after.