Cleaning stains and spills from carpets is often a daunting and time-consuming task. This is especially true because not all carpets are made the same. Different types of carpets are woven differently and contain different types of fibers. Therefore, before taking the steps to clean your carpet, you should first know what your carpet is made of. For example, Berber carpeting requires a different method of cleaning than other carpets.
Caring for a Berber
When people would hear the word Berber in the past, they think of a carpet that requires a great deal of special care and cleaning. This was only true when Berber carpet was first made for sale. Berber carpeting received a bad reputation due to the type of fabric it was made from and the limited colors available. The carpet has come a long way since its infancy through technological advances. Manufacturers of Berber have discovered ways to make the carpeting out of material that is much easier to keep clean and comes in a variety of colors.
Berber carpet is composed of tightly wound fibers. Therefore, while the look of the carpet is appealing, it takes a good deal of daily maintenance to keep the rug from wearing out quickly. You should remove tiny pebbles and debris from the carpet on a daily basis. If a spill occurs, address it immediately. The fresher the spill, the more likely you are to be successful is cleaning the stain from the carpet completely. You should also plan to vacuum at least on a weekly basis to remove any dirt and debris and prolong the life of your carpet.
The cleaning method you choose will depend on the type of material your Berber is made out of. If you don't know the type of material, you may want to contact the manufacturer. Presently, there are three types of material a Berber can be made out of: wool, olefin, and nylon.
Berber carpeting made out of wool is rare to find and very expensive. Therefore, you should be sure that if you have a wool Berber carpet you take extremely good care of it because it will be difficult to replace. Daily care is required as stated above, and once a year you should hire a professional service come in to thoroughly clean the rug using a type of dry cleaning method.
Olefin is a man-made material that naturally resists water and other liquids, making it an acceptable and affordable replacement for wool Berber carpeting. Berber made of olefin is also much cheaper to manufacture, due to its ability to release dirt from the surface and not soak up water. Berber carpet made of olefin can be cleaned with a simple steam-cleaning method. You can either perform the cleaning yourself or hire a professional to come in. Steam cleaning will not leave your Berber soaked for any extended period of time.
Nylon is another man-made material that helped make Berber so popular. Although nylon Berber carpeting is a bit more expensive than olefin, it's easier to care for than wool and more visually appealing than olefin. Nylon Berber has the ability to mimic the appearance of wool, but the additional ability to withstand heavy traffic with little wear and withstand years of cleaning. Although you can use a steam-cleaning method for a nylon-constructed Berber carpet, the optimal route involves using a dry cleaning method as you would with wool. Nylon does not resist water like olefin, and with a professional dry cleaning service, the amount of water being applied to the rug can be measured and precise.