When hiring a professional carpet cleaning service provider, you’re extending the life of your flooring investments and creating a healthier environment for you and your family. The frequency of having your carpet cleaned may depend on how often you vacuum, whether you have children and/or pets in the home, along with the carpet color and material, style, and pile length.
3 Factors for Cleaning Carpet
1. Type of carpet material
Some carpet fibers are easier to clean, and others will hold fast to stains. Your carpet cleaning expert will consider the type of carpet fibers in your home before deciding on a cleaning method or cleaning solution. The most common carpet fibers are:
Wool carpet is naturally stain and soil-resistant, and they are popular because of the soft, natural fibers that are shorn from sheep. Many homeowners like wool carpet because the material is taken from a totally renewable source and the fibers are environmentally sound. Since wool naturally repels stains, this carpet material is easy to keep clean.
Nylon carpets are durable and will last for many years with regular vacuuming and cleaning. This synthetic fiber is very strong and easy to maintain, which makes it perfect for high traffic areas. It is suggested to have your nylon carpet or rugs protected with a stain treatment to prevent spills from sinking deep into the fibers.
Olefin is a manufactured textile that offers good stain and moisture but is less durable than nylon. Olefin carpet is often chosen for its budget-friendly prices, and for interior rooms that are exposed to strong sunlight. This carpet is highly water-resistant but can be hard to keep clean. A professional carpet cleaner will choose a stronger cleaning solution to treat olefin carpeting.
2. Type of carpet weave
A carpet cleaning expert will also consider the type of carpet pile before cleaning your carpet. Carpet manufacturers will assign style names to carpets with a certain pile type, length, color pattern, and material. You may have heard of Berber, Saxony, frieze, and shag. The most common pile types include:
- Cut pile – manufactured by cutting the loops of yarn to create a luxurious, upright pile with a more formal style like Saxony.
- Loop pile – Loops of yarn are used to create a soft and smooth carpet (Berber) that is very stylish when higher and lower loops are patterned
- Cut-and-loop pile – both cut and looped yarns are used to create a sculptured effect. This creates a carpet design with squares, swirls and other patterns to create a distinct style.
3. The pile length
Carpet pile is the length of the visible carpet yarns (excluding the under-weave or padding). For example, shag carpeting will have a high pile that is over 1/2″. Medium pile carpet can range from 1/4″ – 1/2″ and creates a soft carpet that stands up well to traffic. Low pile carpet will be short, typically under 1/4″. Expect a low pile carpet to flat and dense, but it will stand up to heavy-duty traffic, very well.
No matter what type, material, and pile length of your carpet, Steamex Eastern has the right carpet cleaning solution and cleaning methods needed to deliver clean and bright carpeting every time.