Wool Rug Cleaning
Let’s talk wool. It’s used throughout rug-producing countries around the globe by local tribes, generations of family weavers, and in large factory settings to make a variety of handmade area rugs. The value of a wool rug depends on many influences; however, none can be more prevalent than the wool itself.
Wool quality varies depending upon the age of the sheep. Herds roaming around higher elevations, with good sources of food and water, produce better wool. Lanolin is another quality factor. A naturally produced wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals that adds sheen, strength, and suppleness to wool.
New Zealand wool — known to be the purest, whitest wool in the world — offers excellent dyeing characteristics that create long-lasting colors. Lamb’s wool, often referred to as virgin wool, is the crème de la crème of them all.
When you purchase a wool rug, you own a floor covering with a renewable and biodegradable fiber that is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly products, because sheep are raised to have little impact on the natural landscape.
What is the Difference Between Dead Wool and Blended Wool in Wool Rugs?
Less expensive wool rugs come from blending wool with synthetic fibers, lower quality wools or dead wool. Dead wool refers to that collected from sheep after slaughtered for food consumption. The price range of these rugs may vary from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand, depending upon their size and brand name. These carpets are commodities, and the cost to clean them properly can exceed their value. An 8 x 10 feet inexpensive area rug can start at five hundred dollars and are often treated as wall-to-wall carpets and steam cleaned on site by a carpet cleaner. This often yields unsatisfactory results, and/or causes damage. One should consider aftermarket care and cleaning, when making an investment in wool rugs.
The Proper Way to Clean Wool Rugs
Handmade rugs should be washed with fresh water and mild organic soaps. This is the method used for centuries in their countries of origin. Those of us, who are currently professional artisans in the area rug cleaning field, have modernized the process with new technology.
For centuries, wool rugs were cleaned on an annual basis; spring-cleaning is not a western tradition. The dusting process took place, first by beating a rug from the backside removing the particles deeply embedded in the foundation. The wash was performed upstream alongside a river, where fresh pure spring water was less exposed to hard minerals and lime deposits, with locally made organic soaps, and dried quickly in the sun.
RevitaRUGS artisans have modeled these traditional methods of wool rug cleaning by purifying hard tap water to create soft water, and utilizing custom-made, mild, organic soaps. Wool rugs are dried quickly in an environmentally controlled chamber, where walls are made from special panels that — unlike drywall — don’t harbor moisture or mold. In addition, the air is circulated at an appropriated temperature several times an hour, whisking away moisture and humidity. Since the return conditioned air moves through sanitizing chambers, mold, bacteria, dust mites, or bed bugs cannot survive. The result is a clean healthy wool rug.
How Often Should You Be Cleaning Your Wool Rugs?
Wool rugs are like an air filter and harbor dust, dirt, pollen, bacteria, and all chemical fumes from household cleaners. Proper vacuuming goes a long way in keeping floor coverings, as well as your household, clean. It is, however, not enough to reach deep within the foundation of the rug, nor will vacuuming alone remove germs and bacteria. Annual rug cleaning is recommended to prevent deterioration, support health and hygiene, and improve indoor air quality.
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