Wool is natural protein fibre comes from animal hair and in modern world New Zealand is considered to be best wool producing nation for carpet and rug manufacturing. Quality of wool is determined by its diameter, colour, staple strength, crimp and yield.
Characteristic of Wool Rugs
*Hygroscopic- could hold upto 30% of body weight in water without feeling wet.
*Resilience to fire- wool is fire redundant.
*Very resilient – Allows fibre return to its natural position
*It is Susceptible to light sun fading.
*Susceptible to colour damage.
*Cellulose browning- Could brown easily due to change in PH level.
Cleaning Process for Woolen Rugs
*Test of colourfast.
*If colour runs contact customer to discuss further and apply colourfast.
*Vacuum both sides of rug.
*Light spray a PH neutral cleaner to the pile of rug.
*Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning).
*Bonnet clean (Dry Clean) with dry pad.
*Repeat the extraction process.
*Repeat the bonnet clean process.
*Extract the excess water.
*Apply additional treatment, such as deodorising, protection if opted.
*Flat dry the rug if colour bleeds or else dry on the rack.
Problems With Woolen Rugs
Not colour repellent. Very susceptible to colour damage and requires great care in maintaining the rug. Will recommend cleaning the rug frequently and applying colour protection.