Floor Care and Tips – For Your Washington DC Floors

VACUUMING
The structure of wool fiber resembles the shingles on a pine cone. This unique structure in nature naturally repels soiling, (up to 25% more readily than synthetic carpet) keeping dust and dirt towards the surface of the pile. Frequent vacuuming is the single most important care you can give your carpet. Nearly 80% of carpet soiling is caused from dry materials like dirt, dust and soil. Beginning from the day you install your carpet, frequent vacuuming removes these dry particles before they can become embedded in your carpet We recommend thoroughly vacuuming your carpets weekly, paying more attention to heavily trafficked areas. An upright or canister vacuum with a rotating beater bar/brush is ideal for a cut pile carpet. To prevent possible fuzzing, we recommend using a suction only vacuum on loop pile carpets when possible (no use of rotating beater bars or brushes). We also recommend emptying the Vacuum dust bag when it becomes half full to maintain cleaning effectiveness.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
While our carpets are designed to look great for decades, a little preventative maintenance will insure that your wool carpet keeps looking its best. In areas that receive high traffic or tracking such as doorways we recommend placing some sort of absorbent matting. In most cases the extra carpet from your installation can be fashioned into a matt so the overall look of the flooring is not altered. Regular cleaning of these mats will help insure that embedded dirt does not get tracked into the rest of the building.

SPOT CLEANING
One of the keys to carpet maintenance is the timely removal of spots and spills. This means acting quickly when anything there has been a spill. We recommend creating a solution of 1 teaspoon of Woolite, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and about a quart of warm water. Keep a bottle of this economical mixture on hand for those unexpected spills.

Our recommended method for spot cleaning is to:

  • Scoop up solids first
  • Blot up as much liquid as possible with a clean white or fabric towel
  • Apply Spot removal treatment to the clean towel and not on the carpet directly. Always work inwards from the edge to prevent spreading. Do With any cleaning product that you have not used before on the carpet make sure to test a small inconspicuous part of the carpet first before a general application.
  • Rinse the area with cold or luke warm water
  • Blot the area dry using paper towels or a dry using a fan
  • Never, Never scrub or rub your wool carpet as this can cause permanent pile distortion

Types Of Treatment:

  • Add cold water and blot
  • Detergent solution or a WoolCleaner Dry Spot Remover
  • Methylated mineral spirits or turpentine
  • Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.
  • Warm water
  • Clean nail polish remover (preferably acetone)
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Rust remover
  • Absorbent powder
  • Absorbent cleaner

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
The natural soil repellent properties of the wool fiber do not require a lot of special cleaning. You should have your carpet professionally cleaned once every 1 to 2 years or as needed.

Classic Floor Designs highly recommend finding a cleaner who is experienced cleaning wool carpets as some solvents used to clean Nylon carpets might not be suitable for wool. Finding a reputable wool carpet specialist by checking references is worth the time, but is worth it to help keep your carpet clean and healthy.

For example, your professional cleaner should not apply any stain repellant treatments that contain silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soling. As always have the cleaner test the cleaning agent on a small inconspicuous area before proceeding to the entire room. Always vent your rooms out thoroughly both during and after a professional cleaning to freshen your air and to help the carpet dry thoroughly which helps prevent mold.

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