On our (Carpet Cleaning – The Beginning) blog entry on Carpet Cleaning, we said that we would continue and tell you why we ask certain questions.
The first question we train our folks to ask is: What kind of carpet are you cleaning? Here is what we tell them when the answer is: WOOL.
Wool Carpet Cleaning Recommendations:
- Treat wool carpets with a cool solution. Do NOT treat with a hot solution. It will ruin the carpet.
- Keep bleach and chemicals as far away from wool carpets as possible.
- Use ONLY water-based cleaning solutions with a pH not lower than 5.5 and not higher than 8, like Clean+Green Carpet & Upholstery.
As a reminder, why the above recommendations are made are the following Wool Carpet PROS and CONS:
- Wool has excellent soil hiding capabilities. Wool will not exhibit or show soil as much as other fibers.
- Wool is very strong, elastic and resilient. Wool face yarn in a well-constructed carpet will stand up to the heaviest traffic and still look beautiful.
- Good Absorbency – This means that wool reacts well to a number of dye types and techniques. Keep in mind, this means easy staining also.
- Soil Release – Wool responds very well to cleaning as moisture makes the fiber swell and release dirt.
- Wool is naturally flame retardant.
- Fiber Distortion – Wool is very prone to distortion by excess agitations such as jet streaks and wand marks. This is particularly pronounced when it happens under heated conditions.
- Stains Easily – Due to its absorbency and ease of dyeing, wool is also easily stained by wine, Kool-Aid and other acid dyestuffs.
- Chemical Sensitivity – Wool is sensitive to alkaline chemicals above a pH of 9.5 after prolonged exposure. This exposure will tend to make wool brittle and discolor somewhat. Wool is also very sensitive to chlorine bleach; it will completely dissolve wool within a matter of minutes. The New Zealand Wool Bureau recommends water-based cleaning solutions with a pH not lower than 5.5 and not higher than 8 pH.
Quincy and Simon