Carpets come at different types, shapes, and prices! Some carpets are very expensive!  With the price tag comes the need to ensure maintaining it right.

Do you know that the more expensive your carpet is, the higher the fibre density per square inch is? This means the higher the quality is too. Higher quality carpets last longer.

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Maintaining and Cleaning Different Styles and Types of Carpets

How about you? What type of carpet style do you have? Read on to know more about maintaining different carpets.

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Carpet Styles

  1. Loop Pile Carpets

Loop pile carpets are usually for places with busier foot traffic and those with younger children. Loop pile carpets have very distinctive patterns and textures.

This is because of the combined higher and lowers loops. Footprints and shading are also not much of a problem with loop pile carpets.

  1. Cut Pile Carpets

Cut pile carpets are made out of cutting yarn loops. After cutting, the yarn produces an upright pile.

Cut piles have a very luxurious feel compared to other carpets.  Over time, cut pile carpets can develop dark or light patches. Don’t worry it is not a factory defect.

It just really happens as a result of the permanent bending of the fibre that reflects the light in a different way.

Carpet Materials and How to Clean Them

  1. 100% Wool Carpets

Carpets made of 100% wool are more expensive due to its superior quality.  Even more superior are those which are woven. Hence, 100% wool carpets are really beautiful! They are great accents for living rooms and receptions.

As a caveat though, avoid putting heavy furniture on it. Dents caused by furniture may not be removed.  Also, be careful with stains. Some may cause permanent stain damage.

It is advisable to regularly clean wool carpets. However, don’t make the mistake of over-wetting it to avoid too much moisture. During the process of cleaning wool carpets, you may experience a wet dog smell.

This smell will dissolve once the fibres dry. If after a day and it still has that wet dog smell, it means too much water was used. If this happens, it may cause moulds. Moulds are not good for people with respiratory problems.

Thus, make sure you use the right amount of water when cleaning. If you are not sure how much water to use, entrust your carpet to a professional carpet cleaning company.

  1. Nylon Carpets

Nylon carpets are more durable and are usually stain-resistant.  These carpets are also less expensive as wool carpets.  That is why nylon carpets are used in commercial places.

Cleaning nylon carpets is easier. Because of the stain-resistant properties, you won’t have to deal with sticky stains.

  1. Polypropylene Carpets

Polypropylene carpets have hard fibres. These are also cheaper compared to many carpets. Polypropylene carpets are commonly found in offices and for lease spaces. This is because the fibres are also stain-resistant.

But the disadvantage of a polypropylene carpet is that they can wear out more quickly. It tends to lose its lustre after some time. It can also attract oil that may lead to re-soiling only after a short period. Hence, the lifespan of polypropylene carpets is generally shorter.

Stain removal is relatively easier for polypropylene carpets.  Cleaning these types of carpet does not provide a huge improvement with the look of the carpet.

  1. Polyester Carpets

Polyester carpets are inexpensive and easily fits the bill for those who want an affordable carpet. However, do not expect a high quality of polyester carpets. Though polyester carpets also have a soft feel but will not stand the test of time.

Cleaning polyester carpets do not really change the appearance much. Cleaning it is mostly for dusting off.

  1. Natural Sisal Carpets

Natural sisal is also called “seagrass.” It is not ideal for places with busier foot traffic, kids, and pets.

It is immensely difficult to clean natural sisal carpets!  Steam cleaning may even cause shrinkage.

What to Avoid:

  1. Putting Heavy Furniture

Please do not put heavy furniture on top. Or even drag it across the carpet. Doing so may dent the carpets. It can also have other damaging effects like loose fibres.

  1. Putting Plants on Carpets

Living rooms or houses filled with plants liven up the place.  Having indoor plants is also good for your health.

While we agree to that, just avoid putting them directly on top of your carpets! Watering the plants may damage the carpet. And it might leave a permanent mark!

  1. Hiding Cables and Wires under Carpets

Many are guilty of shoving in cables and wires under carpets. It is easy to hide them under to make your place clutter-free. However, doing so can damage your carpet over time.

  1. Not Cleaning Stains Immediately

When you accidentally stain your carpet, clean it right away. Do not leave if for a long period. This way, the stain can still be easily removed.

  1. Cleaning difficult carpets on your own

Despite high-tech reliable carpet cleaning devices, it is still hard to clean carpets. Most especially for those that were stained and have intricate fibres and textures.

You may also over-wet carpets, which can damage the carpet and cause moulds. Hence, it is better to call a reliable carpet cleaning company.

Carpet cleaning can be difficult depending on the type of carpet and its style. Thus, better leave it with professionals like Total Carpet Care.