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Carpets are in virtually every house hold and commercial property.They help to complete a room and also help with sound absorption. If you walk into a room with no carpet, it will echo with every foot step. Carpets also come in all colours and materials, from nylon to wool and other manmade fibres. All of these different materials need specialised cleaning to keep them in good condition.
Different Carpet Types:
There are two different types of nylon: Nylon (polyamide) and polypropylene (olefin). Sometimes there is also polyester, but this is more of a mix. Some nylon’s can now look and almost feel the same as wool.
There are also many different types of wool and also wool mix carpets, with New Zealand wool being one of, if not, the most expensive. Wool has a low abrasion quality, so it means that heavy traffic areas will wear down over time. Wool can also develop odours and may also shrink if it is over wet. They can also be damaged by moths or carpet beetles.
Why Clean Carpets Regularly:
Having your carpets cleaned on a regular basis will enhance the life span of the carpet. This is because the in-ground dirt and dust is removed from the base of the carpet. If this dirt isn’t removed by a professional carpet cleaning company, it will slowly deteriorate the fibres.
The cleaning process may vary depending on the type of material the carpet is made from. This can be determined by the cleaning technician when they arrive on site. For instance, woollen carpets need to be cleaned with high powered steam cleaning machines or otherwise known as a truck mounted machine, or they can also be cleaned using a carpet dry cleaning method.
Wool is a natural fibre, so over wetting it can cause major problems down the track. Using an inexperienced cleaner for wool carpets is a disaster waiting to happen. The carpet may look ok at the time of the clean, but if it’s left to wet it will over time start to brown out.
Browning can be treated in some cases, but if left to long, this will permanently damage the fibres. So it pays to use a company that understands how best to clean wool carpet.
Fibres like nylon can be cleaned with any process from steam cleaning, dry cleaning and low moisture cleaning. In fact, in some circumstances, we have had a better result cleaning nylon or solution dyed nylon carpet with low moisture clean. Low moisture cleaning was brought about to clean large areas of commercial grade carpet, and many of these carpets are made from nylon.
In a commercial situation, nylon can be found in shops, schools, restaurants, factories and offices. A quality carpet cleaner would be able to service all your needs for commercial carpet cleaning.
Nylon is a very good material for wear and has a high stain resistance quality. This is because the fibres are what is called closed fibres; this means that liquids spilt will find it very hard to penetrate into the fibre itself. A woollen carpet is an open fibre; this is where stains and spills can easily penetrate the fibre and cause permanent staining.
So What’s The Best Carpet To Have:
The best type of carpet will vary depending on the environment that it is to be placed in. For instance, if you have a house full of young kids running around, then a wool carpet is not going to be your thing. This is because the wool carpet takes a lot more care and attention than other materials such as nylon.
Many people think if they have wool carpet laid that they have it for ever and it doesn’t need cleaning; this is not the case. With wool, you need to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. And in a home or commercial building with high traffic, it should be done twice a year. One customer told us that the company she bought her woollen carpet from said it never needed to be cleaned. This is not very good advice, as the Australian standard is once a year.
To help any carpet last for many years, it’s best to not let anybody walk on the carpet with shoes on. No matter what type of carpet you have, it will deteriorate quicker if shoes are worn on it. Also, removing shoes will mean that there is less chance of permanently staining the carpet from foreign object stuck to shoes.
The carpet in the picture to the right was a wool blend; this carpet had been down for about 6 years before having its first clean by us here at Best 1 Cleaning. It had significant wear through the main walkways, although the customer had never let anyone walk on the carpet with shoes on. But had this carpet had a regular clean by a professional company, it may have worn better, because the grit and dirt deep down in the base would have been removed.
Whether you are having your carpets cleaned in your own home or if you are a tenant vacating a rental property, or even a school or business with the need of commercial carpet cleaning, it will always pay to seek the advice of a professional carpet cleaning company that does both residential and commercial cleaning to care for your carpets.
Using a company that is capable of doing any cleaning method will ensure that your carpets are cleaned correctly and, in turn, will mean they last for longer, saving you time and money in the long run.