“I hate this carpet it– gets dirty so fast!” We hear this a lot, often followed with the question: What is the best carpet to buy?
To help you decide which is the best carpet to buy, let’s learn about carpet fibers. I know that sounds really boring. You’re right, but it will help you make a decision that best fits your needs.
Here are some notes about each basic fiber type:
1. Olefin. Also know a Polypropylene, olefin has a excellent stain resistant property. So it is difficult to stain. It won’t mat down as quickly as a less dense carpet. It is oil-loving and may get dirtier quicker in areas near the kitchen and in homes with pets. If you have a black asphalt drive way and don’t take your shoes off inside, this type of carpet will not be your friend.
2. Polyester. This is my least favorite carpet. I really don’t recommend it to anyone. ” Builders grade” white polyester is installed in many expensive homes and also rat nasty apartments. It’s cheap stuff compared to nylon. It’s not very resilient. We have seen 6 month old polyester totally crushed and matted. It crushes very easy ,or as I call it, “fuzzes out.” The life span can be long but it will not look like the carpet you bought. Well, the edges will still look good.
3. Nylon. The most durable man-made fiber to withstand wear. It has great stain resistant properties and it’s very resistant to oils. (Since our skin is oily, oil-loving carpet can become dirty from pulling the oil off of bare feet. Sorta gross.) The only drawback to nylon is that it can be more susceptible to red dyes like kool aid and wine. Be cautious with strong chemicals like bleach, peroxide, toliet bowl cleaners, and other strong chemicals. These will cause color loss.
4. Wool. I love wall to wall wool, but it is expensive. Wool is very durable and the most luxurious fiber. Most oriental rugs are made of wool and can last for 100 years or more. Wool is naturally fire resistant. However, it is easily stained if spots aren’t quickly removed. Be sure to keep bleach as far away as possible. Never wait to clean it until it looks dirty. Think about a cotton t-shirt. You know how hard it can be to clean once it looks dirty. Cotton and wool are natural fibers and they need regularly cleaned before they are heavily soiled.
To keep light colored carpet and rugs looking great in traffic areas, cleaning should be done BEFORE it appears dirty. Light colored fibers may appear dirty, especially in traffic areas, much faster than dark colored fibers. Once the traffic lanes appear dirty, some damage is already done to the fiber. Cleaning can improve the appearance, but it may never return to its original color.
Whatever carpet you buy it will need cleaned. Be sure to give clean interiors a call pittsburgh best carpet cleaner.