Your Guide for Carpet Spot Removal

TYPE OF TREATMENT

A Blot with cold water.

B Treat with detergent solution or Wool Clean Spot Remover #1.

C Treat with mineral spirits, turpentine, or Wool Clean Spot Remover #2.

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

E Blot with warm water.

F Treat with clear nail polish remover.

G Treat with Isopropyl alcohol.

H Apply rust remover.

I Sprinkle absorbent powder.

J Treat with a dry compound cleaner.

CLEANING AGENTS FOR SPOT REMOVAL

DETERGENT SOLUTION

Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkali) with a cup of lukewarm water or use Wool Clean Spot Remover #1 from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit. Once the stain has been treated with this solution, the spot must be well rinsed with fresh water.

WARNINGS

Some chemicals are hazardous (corrosive, flammable, toxic, etc.). They should be used with great care strictly in accordance with their use and safety instructions.

Do not apply cleaning products that contain solvents, or Spot Remover #2 (from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit) to bonded carpets – where the pile is bonded to the backing rather than tufted or woven.

When applying Spot Remover #2 or other solvent-based cleaners ensure the areas are well ventilated.

Do not apply stain-repellent treatments that contain silicone as these can accelerate carpet soiling.

Always pre-test a cleaning agent in an inconspicuous place to ensure it doesn’t affect the color of your carpet.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR WOOL CARPET LOOKING GREAT

Vacuum regularly.

Attend to spills immediately.

Professionally clean as required.

VACUUMING

The most important step to maintaining your carpet is proper vacuuming. We recommend a thorough vacuum, at least once a week to remove dust and soil and prevent particles from becoming embedded in the pile of the carpet. If required, you can vacuum more often. This is encouraged especially high traffic areas.

We recommend an upright or canister type vacuum with a rotating beater bar/brush as the best type for cut-pile carpets. For loop-pile carpets use a suction only vacuum to protect the fibers.

Also, to ensure your vacuum does not lose suction you should empty the vacuum cleaner dust bag once it is half full.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

You can prevent damage to your carpet by placing air filters in your HVAC system. These should be changed or laundered when they become dirty. By regularly changing the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems you can also vastly reduce the amount of dust that is exposed to your home and your carpet.

SPOT AND SPILL REMOVAL

Removing spots and spills is essential to looking after your carpet. When faced with these types of incidents, speed is of the essence, and applying the right treatments promptly will help prevent stains and damage. The following tips will help you deal with spills and spots you may encounter:

  • In the case of spilled liquids, the recommended method is to blot the spill with an absorbent, white cloth, or absorb-It.
  • If solids are spilled, they should be scooped or picked up quickly. Any remaining residue should then be treated – as per the cleaning instruction guide (detailed inside).
  • When applying the cleaning agents, never apply them directly to the carpet and use a small quantity at a time.
  • By working your way inwards from the outer edge of a spot, you can prevent the stain from spreading.
  • When cleaning up spills and spots, avoid rubbing as this can cause the spot to spread or distort the pile.
  • Keep the carpet as dry as possible during cleaning. After applying the required treatment, blot the area as dry as possible with a clean cloth and then cover with Absorb-It or paper towels to dry.

Keep the Wool Clean Carpet Spot Removal Kit on hand for quick response to spills and accidents. A Wool Clean Kit can be purchased at The Rug Gallery.

Cleaning agents used on wool require an unbuffered pH of 8.0 or below.

To ensure a cleaning agent is safe for use on your wool carpets and rugs, look for the Wool Safe logo. This logo signifies that the product has been scientifically tested and is approved as being safe and effective for cleaning wool carpets.

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