Wool is more expensive as a fiber than the more popular fibers, such as nylon, olefin and polyester, but for a reason. It is higher quality, feels better, lasts longer and is a better investment.
The challenge with wool is many don't understand how to care for it. Like any carpet, regular vacuuming is important. Vacuum once per week per occupant in your household. That's a good rule of thumb (at least for the heavy trafficked areas).
Wool hides dirt, which is a good thing because no one wants to see a dirty carpet. However, this is dangerous because many people clean their carpet based on appearance. Don't wait until it looks dirty. If you do, you really wanted too long. Clean it based on a schedule. Talk to your professional carpet cleaner for recommendations.
Remember, wool is like any other fiber and it can wear out. Dirt, grit and sand (and other soils) damage it with abrasive action from foot traffic. You might compare this to putting sand on a piece of Plexiglas and stepping on it. The surface will become damaged. Although wool isn't plastic, it can still be damaged.
So congratulations on your new, beautiful wool carpet. Just be sure to take good care of it with regular vacuuming and professional cleaning.
Just a few friendly reminders from Jeff Cross, the executive editor of Cleanfax, the magazine and online authority for restoration contractors. Let me know if you have any questions. Send me an email at email@example.com
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