Which Carpet Cleaning Method Is Suitable For Your Carpet Fiber?

by Dri-Masters Carpet Cleaning Carpet cleaning

You read the title, didn't you? Now, if you feel like grabbing a cup of coffee.... go on, I'll hold!

So...Do you know the importance of understanding the fiber from which your carpet is made?

The fiber of your carpet gets directly affected by the cleaning method you use.

If the cleaning method isn't compatible with the fibers of the carpet, it can get damaged easily, and the hefty amount you spent on the carpet will be a total waste.

I also understand when you walk into a carpet store you look at the aesthetic beauty of carpet rather than looking at its fiber. Well, to be honest, it isn't a brilliant move.

If you want to be a smart shopper you need to look at the quality and the beauty of the material, you can't focus on one and ignore the other. Now, when you pay attention to the carpet fiber such as a synthetic fiber you will know almost any cleaning method will work on it and the damage will be bare minimum. This will also not affect the life of the carpet.

This is also an indication that you continue using your same old carpet cleaning methods and don't have to get any new equipment or change your routine for the same. But, unfortunately, the case isn't same for natural fibers. You go too harsh on them and they will damage within months and all those dollars you spent on them, vroom... all gone.

Therefore, to understand the fibers and suitable cleaning method you need to know which fibers are categorized under which category, i.e., natural fibers and man-made.

Natural fibers are liked more when it comes to carpet. Some of them are hard to dye, and some are very easy so much that they can cause staining if you spill anything on them. It is a  hard job to clean them.

Natural fibers Used In Carpets Are-

  • Wool

  • Silk

  • Sisal

  • Jute

  • Seagrass

  • Coir

The suitable carpet cleaning method for them is DRY CLEANING to prevent any kind of damage on the carpet when looking for a professional carpet cleaner to clean.

If you go for Hot Water Extraction method, it will result in shrinkage of the carpet which I don't think you'll like.

However, you need to be extra careful with natural fiber, if any liquid spill, the stain gets prominent even with the dry-cleaning method it gets hard to remove.

Regular or rather, I should say day to day maintenance of carpet is better when your fibers are natural. Vacuum as regularly as possible to get rid of the dirt on the carpet.

Since liquid stains get easily absorbed and are hard to remove you can try these DIY solutions that might prove useful to you-

1. Solution Made From Detergent

Take 1tsp. Detergent, make sure bleach isn't present in it. Mix it into a thick consistency with warm water.

You can apply it on the stain. Wait for 15-20 mins and scrub it off.

2. Solution Made From Vinegar

Mix 1/4 cup of water and white vinegar together.

Apply it on the stain and leave it for some time and again scrub it off.

3. Use Commercial Dry Cleaning Solvent

It is easily available in the supermarket, and it is easy to use. Make sure you use it as advised for the right results.

#Protip-  Wool is the most recommended in natural fiber carpets. It is long-lasting, and it gives excellent results after being cleaned, and its color doesn't fade easily.

Man-Made Fibers were considered inferior in comparison to woolen fibers, however, the as the modern day technology evolved they have matched the quality of natural fibers.

However, when it comes to stain resistance and hassle-free carpet cleaning, artificial fibers are better than natural fibers.

Some of the majorly used man-made fibers are-

  • Nylon

  • Polyester

  • Acrylic

  • Polypropylene

Synthetic fibers are promoted more because they don't get stained easily and it is impossible to stain them from a water-based liquid.

However, they do get dirty and attract dust mites and other bacterias, therefore, it is important to clean them at least once a year professionally.

Therefore, Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction is highly recommended for synthetic fibers.

In case, calling in a professional is costly for you, you can always rent a steam cleaning machine and clean your carpets yourself.

There'are also some DIY tips to clean synthetic carpets just in case you are wondering-

1. Mix 1/2 gallon vinegar with water and add the mixture to your carpet cleaning machine. Start cleaning the carpet but make sure not to wet your carpet too much.

2. You can use borax, mix it with baking soda & essential oils, sprinkle it on your carpet. Let it stay for an hour and then vacuum. This will give your carpet a fresh fragrance and feel.

#Protip- Buying a carpet made of Polypropylene fiber would be the best choice if you are opting for synthetic fiber carpets as it is easy to clean and maintain them.

It is tough to stain therefore carpet cleaning isn't a bigtime pain with it.

So, this is how you go about with carpet cleaning depending on the type of fiber your carpet's made of. Carpet cleaning is important but so is the fiber of the carpet.

If you are looking for some more tip regarding DIY's, you need professional carpet cleaner help, you want to know which cleaning method is better for your carpet or you want to read more about carpets & how different season affects them, you should check out this page-

(It has helped me in keeping my carpet clean.)

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