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Gaskell Wool Rich

The Flooring Group has a long partnership with Gaskell Wool Rich, who further define their products below;

The Natural Beauty of Wool

Carpets produced by wool provide years of high performance combined with the warmth and texture of one of natures greatest products.

Gaskell Wool Rich offers a broad spectrum of design and colour options in its carpet ranges.

Maintenance Systems

Having purchased a new Gaskell Woolrich carpet, it is natural to want to maintain its initial appearance as long as possible.

The carpets in the Gaskell Woolrich collection are not given a secondary stain protection application since wool fibre itself has inherent, natural soil and stain resistant properties. Compared to other fibres, wool releases soil more easily in cleaning, and responds particularly well to vacuum cleaning. Dirt and spillages may be spot cleaned off a wool carpet more easily than off synthetic carpets. However, it is still necessary to prevent soiling as much as possible and to follow a regular cleaning schedule.

Daily Care

It is easier to remove surface dirt from a carpet than embedded dirt. The first requirement therefore is a light vacuuming, on a daily basis, to remove the surface dirt before it becomes embedded.

For cut-pile, or twist, carpets one of the most effective cleaners is one with a strong suction and a revolving beater bar and brush, since this type not only removes surface dirt but also opens up the carpet pile to remove loosely held embedded soil.

For loop-pile carpets, cleaners with rotating brushes should not be used, or should only be used after the brushes in the head have been retracted. Additionally, the Velcro strips commonly found on the heads of many vacuum cleaners should either be removed or taped over. Failure to follow this advice when cleaning loop pile carpets may cause pilling and / or a general fuzzing of the surface texture of the carpet pile.

Weekly cleaning

All carpeted areas should be given a thorough vacuum cleaning at least once a week.

Seasonal cleaning

There are several methods available for the seasonal cleaning of carpets including spray extraction (so called steam cleaning), rotary brush shampooing, dry foam cleaning and dry powder systems. The method chosen and the frequency of cleaning depends on the intensity of traffic, the nature of the soiling and the type of carpet. This type of cleaning is best left to the professional.

Further advice on approved professional cleaners is obtainable from:

  • National Carpet Cleaners Association, Tel. 0116 271 9550 Web. www.ncca.co.uk
  • WoolSafe Tel: 01943 850 817 Web: www.woolsafe.org

Stain removal

No matter how careful a person is, sooner or later carpets will become stained as a result of spillage and domestic mishaps. Prompt and correct treatment will remove many of these stains and leave the carpet in a satisfactory state.

The golden rule with stains is to act quickly to remove the spilt substance before it penetrates the carpet pile. Stains which have been allowed to dry are more difficult if not impossible to remove.

Before applying any special treatment it is important to remove as much of the spillage as possible. In the case of liquids use a clean dry undyed cotton cloth or absorbent paper towels. Semi-solids and greasy materials should be removed with a spoon or back of a knife.

If the above action is taken quickly little penetration will have taken place and a final wipe over with a damp cloth, leaving the pile sloping in the correct direction, may be all that is needed to remove the stain. Any residual stains may be treated by either one of the following methods.

Water-based stains: e.g. tea, coffee, fruit juice, wine.

Always clean up a spill immediately. Do not spread the spill. If liquid, blot up as much as possible with a clean absorbent cloth or tissues. Pressing firmly, blot until no more liquid is easily removed.

If a stain is still apparent, dampen the area with clean water using a clean cloth or sponge without overwetting.

Repeat blotting. If a stain is still apparent dampen a cloth or sponge with water and a good proprietary brand carpet shampoo (diluting according to label). Apply to the stained area and blot until the stain has been removed. Then re-wet the stained area with clean water until all the shampoo has been removed.

Blot dry the area with a dry cloth or tissue. When the clean spot is almost dry, gently brush the area in one direction (high pile carpets only).

N.B. Some substances contain chemicals or bleaches which can permanently mark some carpet fibres.

WOW Programme

View WOW Website www.wowwarranty.com

What’s so special about wool?

Why choose

a wool carpet?

What is WOW?

Wool is strong and resilient, being particularly robust is perfect for busy areas in the home.

Easy to care for and highly practical, wool rugs and carpets simply need regular vacuuming to preserve their good appearance.

A natural resistance to stains means that in many cases fresh spills can be removed just using clean water and absorbent cloths, chemical cleaners are not always required.

Noise transfer from room to room is reduced due to wool’s ability to absorb sound and reduce echo.

Unlike hard flooring, wool holds dust until vacuumed so keeping the air you breathe at home cleaner.

Wool is highly flame retardant, doesn’t ignite easily and largely self extinguishes, Commercial buyers know this and will specify wool over other fibres for added safety.

Wool is a fully renewable and sustainable fibre, it replenishes every year after shearing.

Having a natural resilience, wool fibre can resist pressure over and over again, this is due to the springy crimp of the fibre which is formed as it grows.

Wool is warm and its natural insulating properties reduce heat loss in the home lowering both heating bills and your carbon footprint.

It resists dirt and dust in the atmosphere and its natural oils give it added protection to ensure long-lasting good looks.

Even after being shorn from the sheep, wool’s complex cell structure continues to absorb and release humidity, making your environment more comfortable.

Wool is strong and resilient, being particularly robust is perfect for busy areas in the home.

Easy to care for and highly practical, wool rugs and carpets simply need regular vacuuming to preserve their good appearance.

A natural resistance to stains means that in many cases fresh spills can be removed just using clean water and absorbent cloths, chemical cleaners are not always required.

Noise transfer from room to room is reduced due to wool’s ability to absorb sound and reduce echo.

Unlike hard flooring, wool holds dust until vacuumed so keeping the air you breathe at home cleaner.

Wool is highly flame retardant, doesn’t ignite easily and largely self extinguishes, Commercial buyers know this and will specify wool over other fibres for added safety.

Beauty, durability, softness, sustainability and peace of mind – things that we all look for when purchasing a carpet and now, thanks to the Wool Owner’s Warranty – WOW – something that we can all have!

The Wool Owner’s Warranty is a special after-care service for consumers who buy a wool or wool-rich carpet or rug from participating manufacturers. The warranty and maintenance programme combine to keep your carpet spotless and looking beautiful all the time.

WOW can last the lifetime of the carpet. The initial warranty is for12 months from the date of purchase. However, this warranty can be extended indefinitely.

Just have your carpet professionally cleaned by your WOW Registered Carpet Cleaner once a year and your warranty is automatically renewed.

Manufacturers offering WOW Warranty Cover