Wool is a popular natural fibre used in carpeting. One of the reasons why people prefer natural wool rugs over ones made with synthetic fibres is because wool carpets are hypoallergenic. Classically beautiful, you can also easily remove stains on wool carpets when they get dirty. You may have thought it takes a special cleaner to eliminate a stain from your favourite wool throw rug or hall runner but it doesn't.
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Things you need
- Hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 2 cups cold water
- Rags (clean cloth)
Blot the stain with a clean sponge. Apply pressure to the wool carpet stain be sure to absorb as much of the stain as possible with the sponge. Repeat this step if there is a lot of liquid left over from the spill. Wring out the sponge into a bucket or sink and go back. Try to absorb all of the liquid.
Dilute 3 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup cold water for light coloured wool carpeting or 2 tsp white vinegar with lukewarm water for darker colour carpet. make sure not to spill the solution on anything but the stain.
Pour the solution onto the stain making sure that the solution soaks into the stain and not the surrounding clean wool carpet. Restrict the bleeding of the solution by laying a clean cloth around the stain and pouring the mixture onto the stain inside the cloth perimeter. Let the solution soak into the stain for ten minutes.
Soak up the cleaning solution with another clean cloth again applying pressure to absorb all the cleaning solution you poured onto the stain. As the stain lightens you will begin to see that the stain is lifting from the wool fibres.
Continue to treat the stain until it is completely removed. Let the carpet dry completely, at least overnight, before walking on that area of the carpet after you remove stains on wool carpet.
Tips and warnings
- Place a towel under the carpeting if possible to absorb the cleaning solution as you pour it over the stain. Use a toothbrush to add just enough agitation during the cleaning to pull up any hard to remove particles or liquids from the fibres of a wool carpet.
- Watery solutions can damage or destroy wood flooring under carpets. When cleaning a wool carpet with cleaning solution it is recommended that all the water be dried from the carpeting AND the flooring underneath.
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