If you’ve got a wool carpet fitted in your home, then the chances are you’ll be keen to keep it looking as good as you can for as long as you can. It’s important to remember, however, that your carpet will be subjected to a lot of wear and tear – so it’s up to you to make sure you maintain it properly. If you don’t, however, you could soon find that it all starts to look a bit tatty and shabby before too long. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you keep your wool carpet in good condition. Here are a few suggestions you may wish to bear in mind.
Regular vacuuming and cleaning is crucial
If you’re serious about maintaining your woollen carpet, then you’ll need to make sure you vacuum and clean it regularly. It might all sound suspiciously like hard work, but you really will notice the difference. For one thing, you should be looking to vacuum your carpet at least once each week. You should look to concentrate in particular on high-traffic areas – in other words, those areas which are walked over most often. By vacuuming your carpet regularly, you should reduce the amount of dirt and grime that gathers on it.
You should also make sure you take steps to prevent stains from appearing on your carpet in the first place. There are several small things you can do with regard to this. In particular, it’s always a good idea to ensure that people don’t trample mud all over your carpet – so tell them to leave their shoes at the door or in the hall. Place mats around entrances to your home and encourage people entering the house to use them. It might also be a good idea to minimise the consumption of food and drink in carpeted areas of your home wherever possible.
Cleaning your carpet
When cleaning your carpet, start by sprinkling baking soda over it. Using a broom or soft-bristled brush, sweep the baking soda across the carpet and work it in to the fabric. This should help to remove lingering odours. Leave your carpet for an hour or so and then use a vacuum to remove any traces of baking soda. Once you’ve done that, take a small bowl and add a third of a cup of three per cent hydrogen peroxide, half a teaspoon of baking soda and add two-thirds of a cup of cold water. Stir the ingredients until you’re satisfied that they’re all thoroughly combined.
Then, dab a cotton swab into the liquid and apply it to one corner of your carpet. If you see no change in its colour, then the solution should be safe to apply elsewhere without doing any damage. If there are any spots or stains on your carpet, you should then be able to use this solution to remove them. Pour some of the solution onto a cloth and then dab gently to remove the stain. Then, use clean water to remove the peroxide and dry it with a towel. Remember, if a stain appears on your carpet then it’s best to remove it as soon as possible before it begins to set in – because then it can be really hard to get rid of.