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There’s no carpet out there that will last for eternity, and none of them are perfectly stain-proof. However, routine and proper care can extend the life of your carpet for many years. They seriously upgrade both the atmosphere and the decor an interior area.

In order to protect whatever investment you have put into your carpet, as well as extend its functional lifespan, it is critical that you make sure it is cleaned routinely instead of just putting it off until the carpet is highly dirty. Keeping up the beautiful look of a wool carpet is actually surprisingly easy, much simpler than most folks might assume.

Wool has a fiber structure that is complex yet unique, and it’s one that releases soil faster and easier than synthetic carpet fibers do. On top of this, wool fibers have a natural level of resistance that gives you time to spring into action against liquid spills. They stay on the top of the pile a bit longer before seeping into the pile base and backing.

Protecting your wool carpet investment involves a trio of fundamentals:

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Immediate removal of spills
  • Professional cleaning using hot water extraction (residential carpets should do this annually or biannually)

Specific cleaning methods do of course vary by the fiber, yet the critical thing you can always do is vacuum regularly and thoroughly. This is especially true in higher-traffic areas. Vacuuming is something that extends the life of your carpet, but it also makes the carpet look better.

Once your carpet is installed, vacuum it frequently but lightly through the first week so you can free it of fluff, dust, and lint. After that, vacuum once a week over all the area, but more often in any areas of high foot traffic. That removes grit and soil before it has a chance to get under the pile surface, which is then harder to remove as it dulls the appearance of the carpeting and even abrades it.

When vacuuming, three passes are typically enough for areas that are lightly soiled. Heavier-soiled portions might need five, six, or seven passes. Vacuum the first pass against the natural direction of the pile so that the pile gets unsettled, which helps remove grit and dirt and avoid matting.

When you are finishing your vacuuming, try to vacuum in the pile lay direction to instill a uniform finish. Only use a high-caliber vacuum cleaner for effective cleaning. If possible, get something with a microfilter system that captures fine particles like dust mite allergens and keeps them in the collection bag, which is particularly important if any resident of the home is dust-sensitive.

A vacuum that has a rotating brush is going to agitate the pile, and this is helpful in loosening soil in low-cut pile carpet. Turn the brush off to avoid excess fuzzing, though, or change the head out when you are going to vacuum Berber carpet, cut/loop pile, or loop pile.

Keep your vacuum in sound mechanical shape, and clean brushes as needed. Also replace them when they are too worn out. Check, and if necessary adjust, the beater height to avoid carpet damage from excess contact. Filters should be changed per manufacturer recommendations, and dust collection bags need to be emptied or changed out regularly.

Never use a Dyson Vacuum on a wool carpet, since the motor head can cause pilling.

Promptly treat any spillage. Blot a spill using a paper towel or cloth, and clean it with a dab of Woolite.

Your carpet should also get a professional cleaning with a hot water extraction method once every year or two in order to give it revitalization, but also remove well-settled, oily, and sticky soils that vacuums can’t get out. Left alone, these gradually dull the colors of the carpet significantly. It’s not recommended that you do dry-cleaning, DIY steam cleaning, or shampooing.