You stepped out and bought the most luxurious (and expensive) carpet you could find for your home. Now you’re concerned with how to best care for and maintain this new investment. The first and best thing you can do is insure you have a good vacuum cleaner—and use it—regularly!
One of the most common fears about having wool carpet is protecting it against that “mother of all stains,” red wine. Not only red wine, but any water-based spill, can be dealt with pretty easily. One thing you do not want to do is pour white wine on the spill as an urban legend suggests. That wastes good white wine and does nothing for your red wine spill.
Attack the spill immediately by soaking up as much of it as possible with a clean, white, absorbent cloth or paper. Start at the outside of the stain and work your way towards the center. BLOT rather than rub the spill. If you can still see the stain after blotting and rinsing with clean water (still blotting), use a spot remover designed for water-based stains on wool carpet. You will know you’re safe using a product with the WoolSafe® label. Do not use regular detergents, as they tend to leave a filmy residue that will cause rapid resoiling at the spot.
For oil-based stains, use a good dry cleaning solvent designed for wool. Remember that most wool garments recommend dry cleaning, so you can feel safe using such a solvent on your carpet. Just use it sparingly as the solvent can damage your carpet’s backing.
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