Are wool carpets really that good?

02202013-pet-stains-and-wool-carpetEven in our heavily industrialized day and age, when everything seems to go synthetic because of how easy it is to produce, or mass-produce, the tradition of manufacturing wool carpets has largely stuck around. Real sheep are still being raised and bred, often on specialized sheep farms, for the sole purpose of providing carpet makers with high quality natural wool. Wouldn’t it be much easier, faster and cheaper to use a synthetic alternative or maybe even fake wool? Of course it would, but most who have experienced a wool carpet know why wool is still used for carpets the same way it has been for many centuries. Just the name itself has a certain refined ring to it. Would you rather invite someone over to check your new wool rug, or your new synthetic-fiber-nylon carpet? We thought so. But owning a wool rug isn’t for everyone, and the extra price usually has the least to do with it. Once you own a wool rug, you need to think of it less as a piece of cloth covering some part of your floor, sitting there absorbing dirt and stains, and more as an intricate piece of art, one that was produced slowly and thoughtfully and one that needs you to care for it in a similar way – through slow, methodical cleaning and thought being placed into what’s interacting with the carpet. Sure, wool carpets come with their own natural defense system against spills in the form of repelling liquid, and even resistance to fire due to the fibers’ self-extinguishing properties. But this is far from meaning you can be callous with your expensive wool rug. While a liquid spilling on the wool carpet will be suspended for a time, it’s up to you to efficiently clean it before the fibers get soaked. Wool’s thickness can cause more dirt to get stuck inside your carpet than it usually would, so it’s important to be on point with scheduled cleaning and not let grime accumulate. Once your rug is dry so no moisture is keeping the dirt in place, always begin by taking it somewhere outside and giving it a proper shake. You can usually proceed by vacuuming for any remaining dirt as the next step will likely soak your rug, and you don’t want any dirt being lodged harder than it already is. Once the carpet is vacuumed, depending on the state of the rug, you might want to combine several methods of applying water to the rug. It might be sufficient to sponge it with a soapy solution in some cases, while in other, messier cases you might want to outright hose it down before applying a sponge. Always dry your carpet as quickly as possible by either squeezing out then wiping the moisture or leaving the rug to dry in the sun. Following these few relatively simple guidelines should greatly prolong the life of your wool rug, even across generations, and you will quickly realize what all the fuss was about.