Wool is a natural material with many assets, but extremely fragile. Its maintenance is always a puzzle as it can be distorted very quickly and very easily.
So what to do when your 100% natural wool Moroccan carpet has been stained?
Will it be possible to regain its initial state after a wash? The whiteness of a Moroccan carpet Beni Ouarain will always remain bright?
We will try to give you some tips to clean your Beni Ouarain carpet without altering the shine of the wool.Before turning to the appropriate maintenance methods for these wool carpets, let's first take a look at the wool to be cleaned. You will have to make sure in the first place that the wool has not been tinted. Otherwise, water maintenance is absolutely forbidden, at the risk of seeing your carpet turn into a patchwork with multiple shades.
Specifically, antique carpets with tinted wool based on natural pigments from plants will tolerate washing with water without chemical cleaning products. This will not be the case with recent carpets if they have been chemically tinted, which is often the case.
Some Beni Ouarain rugs are decorated with colored rhombs. These diamonds can be drawn using stained woolen strands or cotton. In the case of cotton only, you may consider washing with water, but you must remain vigilant for the white wool constituting the bottom of the carpet.
The brightness of the whiteness of a carpet will be more surely preserved by washing with cold water. The wool has indeed thin protective layers on the surface, ensuring its brightness by reflecting the light. It is this layer that you will need to better preserve.
You will understand, the ideal with a wool carpet is to avoid the tasks absolutely, thus avoiding any risky maintenance.
Dust is less problematic, knowing that the vacuum cleaner is not very useful. Indeed, the dust will nest in depth, well protected by the wool strands. The vacuum cleaner will suck up the weakest wool strands (which are often the sweetest), but will not be able to dislodge the deep dust.
The vacuum cleaner is content to remove the impurities on the surface of the wool, tearing out the most fragile wool strands. It will be ineffective against the dust deposited in depth. Attention, regular use of the vacuum cleaner can remove a lot of wool from the carpet, often the softest wool.
In the case of dust, it will be quite simple to get rid of it by simply turning the carpet upside down. Leave it for 3 or 4 days and continue to stomp as usual. The dust will then gradually settle on the ground.
All you have to do is gently lift the carpet to shake it on the terrace and vacuum the empty space.
The advice I can give you is to always be vigilant before starting any maintenance work on your wool carpet. Do not hesitate to contact the person who sold you to find out more. Finally, know that professionals offer their services of dry cleaning fragile wool carpets.
Author : J.Rodi