Certified Carpet Inspector Advises: Choosing Wool Carpet or Rug-Good News or Baaad?


Did you know that choosing wool carpet or a wool rug for your home is both good news...and sometimes bad?

The Good News About Choosing Wool

The good news is that wool, which is a high quality fiber but not really that popular because of the higher price, means your carpet or rug will last longer, look better, and retain its value longer.

The Baaaad News!

The bad news about choosing wool means you won't see as much dirt on it, and so you may not vacuum or clean it that often--which means your nice, wool carpet or rug may prematurely wear out.

Why is That?

Most consumers base their cleaning frequencies on appearance. That can be dangerous for any carpet or rug, or any surface, for that matter. With wool, the physical makeup of the fiber has the characteristic of hiding dirt, especially those tiny, gritty particles that wear on the fibers.

You might compare this to putting sand on a piece of Plexiglas and walking on it. The sand will act as an abrasive, damaging the surface.While wool fibers won't damage as quickly as other fibers, such as nylon, polyester or olefin, any type of dirt or soil on them isn't good news at all.

Why Talking to a Professional About Cleaning Wool is Smart?

You should talk to a cleaning professional about cleaning based on frequency, not appearance. Get your cleaning scheduled on a regular basis, and remember that not every situation is the same. Your wool carpet or rug may or may not need as frequent a cleaning as another. That's why a professional opinion is smart.Yes, wool is good...or baaad...depending on how you treat it!

Talk to the Professionals at ABC!

We're here at ABC Oriental Rug and Carpet Cleaning Co. to help you with your rug and carpet cleaning needs. Just call us at (607) 272-1566 or stop in at 130 Cecil Malone Drive in Ithaca. You can also contact us here.  

We'd love to answer any questions you might have about any of your textiles--rugs, carpet, and upholstered furniture. 

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