Dirt Acts Like Scissors to Your Rug
Wool Holds Jagged Dirt that Cuts Through the Fibers
Did you know that wool textile can hold upwards of 10kg of abrasive dirt? This is the magic of these wonders – the unique properties of wool help hide an incredible amount of dirt.
This accumulated dirt presents a severe problem for the dirty rug. When you step on the textile, your feet grind the jagged edges of the soil against the wool fibers, cutting the threads like scissors. See the following pictures for examples of abrasive dirt damage.
Visualising the Unbelievable Amount of Dirt Wool Holds
Do Not Take Our Word for It
See the Amount of Dirt That Eliminated After One Dusting
By the time you start seeing the dirt, it is already full of abrasive material. We use a state of the art dusting machine that carefully beats the textile with 38 flexible belts. The following picture shows the immense amount of dirt that came out of a textile that had accumulated dust for almost a year.
We also showcased the amount of dirt that comes out of wool via traditional beating methods. We felt it better demonstrated the amount of dirt that wool can hold.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Well made textiles are designed to hold dirt. Therefore, the only “safe” amount of dirt is no dirt, especially for silk textiles.
We recommend that you clean a dirty textile without an underlay (padding) every six months if it is in a high traffic area to be safe. If it has an underlay (padding) the time between visits can be extended to 12 months and be safe unless you expose the textile to an unusual amount of dirt or other abrasive material (i.e., broken glass).
Unused rugs are not ripped apart from friction, but they still accumulate dust. Use your discretion when maintaining unused textiles or decorative pieces.
Use your discretion – if you notice any of the warning signs that your rug might be dirty it might need a clean. Additionally, if there was an accident or the textile was exposed to an abrasive material you should call us.
If your textile is exposing white horizontal fibers and you’re not using it than you might have bug damage. Bugs eat the wool fibers. The look is similar to the damage on dirty rugs, but there usually is larva present on the fibers. Learn more about how to spot moth damage here.
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