Different carpet materials require different carpet cleaning and care methods. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) advises carpet owners to strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions to properly use, maintain, and care for your carpet. If you’re not sure how to go about a particular carpet issue, do not hesitate to call their customer care center or a carpet cleaning professional.
Carpet material is roughly divided into two types, synthetic and natural. Each group has its own specific cleaning requirements, which can be further specialized depending on the actual materials involved. Among the two, synthetic carpet is the most common choice.
Synthetic carpet is the most widely used type of floor covering nowadays. Home owners and building managers find carpet made of nylon, polyester and olefin more practical as they require relatively low maintenance procedures compared to carpet made of natural materials. This type of carpet can also last longer with the proper care, as the materials are specially designed to tolerate heavy-duty use and high traffic.
Olefin carpet is mostly used for busy homes, offices, commercial venues, and business centers. Its durability provides cost-saving benefits and its relatively stain-resistant material makes it easy to maintain. The only downside in cleaning is that greasy, or oil-based stains in polyproplene carpet can be very challenging to remove.
There is not one correct method of cleaning that is appropriate across all types of synthetic carpet, but basic care practices can still be applied.
Everyday vacuuming is still the most widely given advice to make synthetic carpet look new longer and last longer. Proper and regular vacuuming collects and removes contaminants from the carpet fibers, making the carpet hygienic and also the air quality inside the room cleaner. It’s recommended to use the vacuum units with a built-in high filtration bag, so as to prevent the accumulated particles from circulating again into the room and air.
Stain-resistant cleaning agents are usually recommended for synthetic carpet cleaning. The ratio of diluted formula, dosage, and the application method will vary according to the manufacturer’s instruction, so read the carpet and cleaning product labels carefully to be sure.
The CRI strongly advises not to use the following agents for synthetic carpet cleaning: laundry detergent, automatic dishwashing detergent, soap and cleaning formulas intended for other household materials such as wood, furniture or metal.
Follow the instructions. It’s really that simple. Put in the time and just like with anything else in life, you get out what you put in. Take the time to properly care for your carpet and it will reward you for years and years.