Wool safe carpet cleaning

New Zealand homes and business possess a large quantity of high quality wool carpets. In most developed countries around the world, synthetic carpets are much more widely used, making New Zealand carpet cleaning market unique. Many companies who specialize in carpet cleaning in America are not familiar with the cleaning and maintenance techniques required for carpet cleaning woolen carpets.

Cleaning solutions for Wool carpets should be much more gentle and sensitive to the natural protein makeup of the woolen yarns. Often the construction and backing materials of New Zealand wool carpets are also made up differently, possessing much more natural fibers and glues than synthetic carpets.

Wool carpets also absorb considerably more moisture than Synthetic carpets and care in the cleaning approach need to take this into perspective.

To avoid permanent damage to your flooring investment use only professionals intimately familiar with Wool blended carpets, contact Ecosan today to discuss your carpet cleaning needs.
Woolen carpets are the most common residential and a common heavy duty fiber used in commercial carpets.

Wool carpets have many unique benefits  not found with other fiber types. Most synthetic fiber types have used woolen carpets and their qualities as the benchmark and have adapted and manipulated the qualities of synthetic variants in order to imitate wool.

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Natural crimp

Woolen yarns have a natural inherited spring like attribute.   Manufactures manipulate this with crimping, twisting, and heat seating methods. When woolen carpets are stepped on, the natural fiber bounces back, in this sense it is very resilient.   Even when heavy furniture has been sitting on the carpet for some time, the natural crimp can bounce back, especially after steam cleaning the carpets which helps to release the natural crimp.

Soil hiding qualities

Wool carpets fibers have a very unique shape. The outer cuticle surface is very irregular in form and these qualities shield soils from sight. Unlike synthetic fibers which surface is smooth and rounded, when foreign soils adhere to the sides of the individual synthetic fibers, these can be easily observed from above.   Woolen carpets soil hiding qualities can make for a more forgiving textile.

Hydrophilic Qualities

Wool fiber is a natural protein which loves water. It can absorb much of its body weight in water, between 30 & 60% depending on the origin and density of the wool. Wool carpets can be cleaned and maintained using water and water borne cleaning solutions easier. Less mineral solvents need to be utilized during maintenance. Also wool is moderately oil phobic so it is resistant to greasy oily soils. Although these adhere to the fiber and soil the carpets, they can often be removed with naturally sourced and organic cleaning material without the need of robust solvents.

Stabilise humidity

Because woolen carpets are densely stitched with water absorbing fibers, these help regulate the humidity inside the home and office. Acting like a sponge they also release moisture in the gas state on drier days. This effect helps to warm a home or office more efficiently as dryer air warms more readily. The more floor area covered with carpet, the greater the stabilising affect.

Air pollutant filter

Laboratory tests have shown woolen carpets to be surprisingly efficient at cleaning the air from pollutants. Including many known harmful gases and carcinogenic elements which normally enter the home and are trapped inside are then absorbed by the wool. The rate and amount which woolen carpets absorb is also high making the air filter quality not one to be understated. Even when carpets are crawled on, the trapped pollutants are not released. Only when the carpets have not been maintained for several years to remove the pollutants does the effect start to diminish. Regular steam cleaning of carpets increases this filter benefit.

Natural warmth

Woolen carpets are warm under foot and on a cold day these can make the indoor environment much more comfortable. Wools come in different variety’s from sheep and also goat which is sometimes utilized in carpets and rugs. New Zealand wools are renowned around the globe. They can be heavy and robust or may be processed to be soft, gentle and delicate. Many of domestic woolen carpets host a softer warmer type wool where the commercial heavy duty, traffic resistant carpets combine a more robust less refined often twisted yarn which can give many years and often decades of lay.


Wool is a renewable fiber and processing this textile takes much less energy, chemistry and resources to complete. The discarded product has much less environmental impact. Woolen carpets often utilize wools from New Zealand.

Fire safety

Wool will not easily catch fire and when exposed to flame it will self-extinguish. Also the lack of hydrocarbons and other synthetic chemistry means it is free from more harmful of gassing during the event of a fire.

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