Caring for your carpet

Protection

Check whether a carpet has been treated with a protective finish, such as Scotchguard, to prevent permanent staining. If not, you can have this done professionally or do it yourself – but ask the retailer whether it is necessary.

Cleaning

Vacuuming at least twice a week in rooms you use most often should prevent dirt and grit from matting the fibres. Vacuum new carpets several times to remove loose fibres that have worked their way to the surface. And if you need a new vacuum cleaner, we have reviews of more than 90 currently available models online.

Make sure carpet treatments and stain removers are Woolsafe approved, which means that they’re suitable and effective for wool-rich carpets.

Deal with stains straightaway. Soak liquids with a clean, dry, white absorbent cloth, tissue or piece of kitchen roll. Blot the stain rather than rubbing it, and work from the outside to avoid it spreading. Apply the cleaning agent to the cloth, not the stain, unless a product’s instructions direct you otherwise.

Give carpets the occasional deep clean, either yourself (with a carpet cleaner) or by a professional accredited by Woolsafe or the National Carpet Cleaners Association.

Cover up

Use doormats to prevent wear by doors – these can be made from your own carpet – and use furniture coasters to prevent marks from furniture.

Snags

Snip snags or pulls with a pair of scissors rather than pulling them out.