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Wool basics

Wool basics

At Shiraz Rug Gallery, we have spent decades working with talented designers, buyers, and experts to understand more about wool. When purchasing a rug, comfort is essential, and wool fiber has the ability to manage both temperature and moisture next to the skin. Wool fibers have a unique ability to keep you warm by trapping air spaces inside each fiber and keep you cool by managing moisture vapor, absorbing moisture from your skin and transmitting it along the fiber to be released to the outside. Unlike synthetic fibers, wool has this natural ability to do so . Wool is considered one of the best fibers used for carpets, along with bamboo silk. Additionally, wool has the ability to bounce back after each step on the carpet, making it durable and resilient. It is also relatively easy to clean.

When it comes to maintaining and cleaning wool carpets, the following tips apply:

  1. Regular vacuuming: Vacuum your wool carpet regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush to remove loose dirt and debris. Be gentle to avoid damaging the delicate wool fibers.
  2. Immediate spot cleaning: Attend to spills and stains promptly by blotting the area with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can push it deeper into the fibers. Use a mild carpet cleaning solution designed for wool or a mixture of water and mild dish soap to treat the stain.
  3. Professional cleaning: It is recommended to have your wool carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months or as needed. Professional cleaners have the expertise and equipment to deep clean the carpet and remove embedded dirt and stains without causing damage.
  4. Avoid excessive moisture: Wool is absorbent, so it’s important to avoid over-wetting the carpet. Use minimal water when spot cleaning and ensure the area is thoroughly dried to prevent mold or mildew growth and shrinkage.
  5. Use protective measures: Place doormats at entrances and use furniture pads or coasters under heavy furniture to minimize dirt, grit, and indentations on the carpet.
  6. Rotate furniture: Periodically move your furniture to distribute foot traffic and prevent uneven wear on the carpet.
  7. Protect from direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading and discoloration of wool carpets. Use window treatments or UV-protective film to shield the carpet from harmful UV rays.
  8. Professional repairs: If your wool carpet sustains any damage, such as snags or fraying, seek professional assistance for repairs to prevent further damage.

It’s important to consult the manufacturer’s guidelines or seek professional advice for specific care instructions for your wool carpet. By following these maintenance and cleaning tips, you can ensure the longevity and beauty of your wool carpet for years to come. And if you’re in Palm Springs, feel free to visit our Shiraz Rug Gallery to explore our collection of exquisite rugs.