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Caring For Your Wool Carpet and Rug Stains

Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:00 AM

Randal Halvorson, Buffalo Restoration's carpet and rug cleaning professional, is certified and trained to work on wool carpets and rugs through the Wool Safe organization. The website has wonderful information about caring for your wool carpets and rugs.

It is important to have a trained professional clean your wool carpets and rugs, but often you have a stain that needs immediate attention before a professional can arrive. Consider this information an Emergency Room for your carpet and rugs.

General rules for spot removal on carpets

  • Soak up liquids with kitchen roll, paper tissues, toilet roll, or absorbent cloth
  • Scoop up or scrape the solids off the carpet
  • Try to identify unknown spots prior to treatment - if unsure, use solvent first
  • Always work from the edge of the spot inwards
  • BLOT, do NOT rub
  • Apply small quantities at a time, applied to a cloth, NOT directly to the spot; work into the spot with a small brush or sponge
  • Take care with applying solvents to bitumen-backed carpet tiles
  • When using solvents always ensure there is plenty of fresh air ventilation
  • Always thoroughly rinse afterwards if water-based spotters have been used
  • Dry the spot, if possible, with a hair dryer These spot removal charts contain the methods for dealing with accidental spillages and the order in which the treatments should be tried.

DIFFICULT SPOTS are more difficult to remove and may require repeated attempts with stronger spot removers. Some stains you may find impossible to remove completely in which case the assistance of a professional carpet cleaner may be required.