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Our Guest Blog has been written by Tom Masters from California who specialises in cleaning carpets.

Wool is a tricky fabric to get stains removed from but with the right cleaning solutions, you can ensure that those tricky stains do not stay. Wool carpet is formed from a delicate type of fabric, so using the proper cleaning methods is essential when spills and accidents happen. Some products can break down the fibres in the carpet, which is what you’ll want to stay away from when trying to remove stains.

Wet Stain Tips

Wet stains may be easier to remove than dry ones. Use lukewarm water blotted up with a soft rag. If this does not work, a wool stain remover may do the trick. It is important to read the labels on the bottle prior to putting this on wool to ensure that it is made for wool stains and clean up.

If it is a deep red, such as wine or other deep colour then you’ll want to try to lift the stain away as soon as possible. These deep colours can soak into the fibres of the wool, causing the stain to stay with time. Once spilled, quickly do the above method to lift any of the stain as quickly as you can. This will give you the best chance of lifting the stain from the carpet and helping to ensure that the natural beauty of your carpet will stay intact.

Dry Stain Tips

Mix one teaspoon of wool detergent and one teaspoon of white vinegar into a litre of warm water and mix thoroughly. Let this soak in the spot and then blot with a clean, soft rag.

Chilling the area with ice cubes in a bag before adding the mixture above can help increase the chances of lifting the stain from the carpet.

For stains from crayons, you need to move quickly to ensure the stain will be removed. First, place ice in a bag and gently press it to the area stained. This will help freeze the waxy residue so it won’t melt and make matters worse. Next, gently cover the area with a white cloth and grab your clothing iron. Set the iron to a warm, but not extremely hot temperature as hot temperatures can damage wool carpet, and gently apply pressure to the cloth covering the crayon. Wait a few seconds and lift the cloth to remove the wax. This may need to be done several times to get all the crayon out of the carpet. Once you can see no more wax, use a dry solvent to clean the area once more.

If using any type of detergent, always choose a clear detergent to go with or one like Dawn which has a good reputation for removing grease stains. Anything with dye or colour in it can further stain wool carpets. You want to remove the stains and not add to them when using a detergent mixture.

However, keep in mind that nothing is as effective as using a professional carpet cleaning company. If after exhausting all your options, you may find that not only is the stain still there but you’re unsure of what else to do next. You may want to contact a professional carpet cleaner to guarantee that these stains will be lifted safely. Visit for more information.

Having a clean carpet in the home makes everyone happy. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of stains found on the carpet is to try and prevent them. Trying many solutions can help to reduce the stains that are harder to lift from wool carpets. Always use wool-safe detergents or natural methods to remove stains and prevent further damage to the wool fibres in the carpet.