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Dispelling myths about wool carpeting

April 2, 2013

MUKILTEO, WA — Contrary to reports, wool carpeting is still manufactured and sold in the U.S. and is invariably finding its way into upscale environments, according to a press release.

Reasons for wool's ongoing popularity are easy to understand:

  • Wool has a luxurious feel that is hard for synthetics to duplicate
  • It can insulate rooms better than many other floor coverings can
  • It accepts a variety of dyes that become colorfast, so they often last the life of the carpet
  • It offers superb resilience (the ability of the carpet fibers to return to an upright position after being walked upon).

According to the release,  there are fears and myths about cleaning wool carpets; to clarify the issues, this month's U.S. Products Carpet Care Advisory addresses some of these common myths:

Cleaning wool carpet myth #1: Wet-cleaning wool can cause it to shrink.
Fact: It is recommended to clean wool using cool water; also wool can be quite absorbent, so do not saturate with water.

Cleaning wool carpet myth #2: Wet-cleaning wool will cause it to turn brown.
Fact: Discoloration is likely caused by the backing on the carpet, not because of the wool fibers.

Cleaning wool carpet myth #3: If wet-cleaning, no chemicals should be used.
Fact: Carpet cleaning chemicals can be used; they should have a neutral pH.

Cleaning wool carpet myth #4: Bleach should never be used on wool carpeting.
Fact: This is true. Bleach can actually dissolve wool.

Cleaning wool carpet myth #5: Wool should be allowed to air dry at its own pace.
Fact: Rapid drying is best; place air movers in strategic positions to facilitate drying.

"In fact, rapid drying is recommended when cleaning wool. I suggest that technicians also make an extra drying pass or two to help recover moisture and speed the drying," said Mark Baxter, an engineer with U.S. Products.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.