What Carpet is the Easiest to Clean?

What Carpet is the Easiest to Clean?

Today’s carpet comes in several sythetic and organic fibers. Most carpet manufacturers use nylon, polyester or polypropolene in most carpet construction because of their durability, low cost and color and style availability. These synthetic fibers are more durable than natural fibers such as cotton, jute or wool, which is why they’re offered in today’s flooring market.

As a Nashville carpet cleaning company, EverClean feel it’s important for consumers to know the differences between these fibers so you make the right choice prior to purchasing or cleaning your carpet investment. Most of us know what berber carpet is; however, what people don’t know is that berber is usually made of polypropolene, which is a stain resistant fiber, but can crush easily. Berber’s natural loop formation adds buoyancy which makes it’s harder to crush in loop formation.

Both polypropylene and polyester cut pile carpet are oil based fibers so pet urine, sythetic dyes or other non-oil based substances will not adhere to it; however, oil based stains will surely stain it, and the most common traffic lane stains are caused by black soled house shoes or flip flops.Oil based stains are also common with home or offices that have black top paving outside as well as kitchens or hair studios that use oil based products. Removing oil based carpet stains requires adding solvents during or prior to the carpet cleaning process to help break down the bond between fiber and oil stains. Removal is not guaranteed as the oil loving carpet can absorb some of the oil based stain making impossible to fully remove, but your carpet cleaner should make a significant difference in removing most of the stain.

Now lets talk about my favorite type of sythetic carpet fiber known as nylon. As a carpet salesman years ago I used to sell polyester carpet for its stain resistance not knowing how quickly it breaks down under normal residential wear. When it comes to wear, nylon is supreme! However, nylon is porous and is known to stain easier, but carpet cleaners can remove most carpet stains. I tell my clients that I personally would rather have carpet that stains easier but lasts 15 years (nylon) over carpet that is harder to stain but looks broken down after a couple years (polyster capret). Not a believer? Go to your local home improvement store and feel the difference between polyester rope verses nylon rope. You’ll agree nylon has a quality that is second to none regarding synthetic carpet.

Carpet cleaning nylon fiber is similar to polyester but with less solvents as the oil based stains are typically not as prevalent. We recommend reapplying a stain guard to your nylon carpet to reduce stains from entering the porous fiber. If you have any questions before purchasing carpet or about attempting to clean carpet yourself, feel free to contact us at EverClean Carpet Cleaning by calling 615-379-3278. Visit us online at http://www.EverCleanTN.com

Brandon Branco, Owner/Operator
EverClean Carpet Cleaning Nashville Tennessee

219 Shady Grove Rd
Nashville, TN 37214
615-Dry-Fast! (379-3278)

How to Remove Stains From Your Carpet

When it comes to the tough stains like wine or coffee, it’s a great time to learn a little carpet chemistry 101. With just a couple ingredients offered from your local market you can clean up carpet stains at a fraction of the cost. When it comes to carpet stain removal, a box of arm&hammer washing soda, liquid dish soap, white vinegar, and a wet/dry shop vac works wonders!Lets say you have a red wine stain on your carpet. Unless you have wool or cotton carpet, this simple homemade detergent will do the trick. Most homes have nylon or polyester carpet, also called synthetic carpet, these fibers are much more durable than organics such as wool, cotton or jute. First soak up as much of the spill as possible with a cotton clothe. Cotton is super absorbent which is why it works so well. In a spray bottle add 1 or 2 teaspoons of washing soda to a cup of hot water. shake until powder is dissolved. Then add a couple drops of liquid dish soap to the solution. Spray cleaner on stain but do not saturate. Let chemical sit 10 to 15 minutes while gently agitating in a clockwise rotation with a brush or towel. Do not rub or scrub as it will distort the carpet fiber. After the dwell time, use a wet/dry shop vac to extract the spent chemical from the carpet. Then add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup hot water – the hotter the better! Spray on stained area and extract. Repeat until stain is gone. Viola!How it works: Washing soda is actually called sodium carbonate, which is an alkaline base ingredient for most detergents. The wine is an acid-based stain as are most stains. Similar to that vinegar & baking soda experiment in the 5th grade, they break each other down. Here’s the cool part. The dish soap consists of surfactant and surfactant is WHERE IT’S AT! Surfactant not only makes water wetter, but acts as a link between polar and non-polar molecules. Ever mix water and oil together? They resist each other right? When surfactant (dish soap) is added, it’s molecules have both polar and non-polar ends so it links the oil and water together as one fluid. The surfactant makes the water wetter so it has lower surface tension – kind of like a slimy fish out of water. The white vinegar solution neutralizes the spent alkaline cleaner so your carpet returns to being fluffy and soft. Cautionary Note: washing soda can irritate the skin. I recommend using rubber gloves and protective eye wear and to dispose of cleaners in a sanitary drain (sink).

As you can tell I like detergents! If you have a tough carpet or upholstery stain, you can find me at Nashville EverClean Carpet Cleaning

Brandon Branco, EverClean Carpet Cleaning
EverClean Carpet Cleaning services Brentwood TN
219 Shady Grove Rd

Nashville, TN 37214

615-379-3278
https://www.evercleantn.com

 

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