Cleaning Spills on Wool Carpets and Rugs

Responding quickly to any spills or stains is key to avoiding the setting and  penetration of the stain into the carpet fibers and pile. It will help avoid potential discoloration and unsightly markings. Liquids (especially hot liquids) must be attended to immediately. If allowed to dry or cool, the stain will be almost impossible to remove. Take care to use the proper removal methods for the spill in question.

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Cleaning Guide for Wool

1. Immediately remove as much of the spill as possible. For solids us a blunt knife or spoon, and liquids blot up by applying pressure with white paper towels or tissues. Use a wet/dry vacuum if spill is large. NEVER scrub or rub the carpet as a worn area may result. Always work from the outside of the stain or spill towards the middle to avoid further spreading using a dabbing and blotting motion.

 2. Determine the appropriate method of stain removal from the table below.

 3. Pre-test any treatment on a small inconspicuous area of carpet to ensure against damage and possible color change.

5. After the spill/stain has been treated, place an absorbent towel in the stain 
6. If stains fail to respond adequately to treatment,
call a professional carpet cleaner immediately.
Should more aggressive spot cleaning methods be used, there is a risk of the stained area becoming permanently discolored. It is essential that the entire room be hot water extracted so that any apparent color change is consistent throughout the entire room.

 

Stains should be differentiated from soiling. For example, many sugar based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. Similarly when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, a sticky detergent residue can be left. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain. If so, repeat stain procedures above, ensuring that any residual cleaning mixtures are fully removed.

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Cleaning Treatment

1. Cold Water

2. (1) teaspoon mild laundry detergent approved for wool and one teaspoon of white vinegar in 1 liter of warm water.

3. Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick
or scrape off gum.

4. Clear nail polish remover without lanolin.

5. Rust remover (can be applied by a professional carpet cleaner).

6. Clear household disinfectant.

7. Vacuum immediately. If any residue, call professional carpet cleaner.

8. Rinse with warm water.