Four Questions About Stain Resistant Carpeting That You Never Thought of Asking

November 24, 2017 6:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As a carpeting store in Santa Cruz, CA, we get a lot of questions about the carpeting we sell. What’s the cost per square foot? Does it come in a darker shade of gray? How do you think this will hold up to a new puppy? Surprisingly, to us anyway, what we are not often asked about is our stain resistant carpeting.

Sure, our clients expect their carpeting to be stain resistant. However, they don’t often seem interested in the details. It may not be the most exciting topic in the world, and you’re probably much more concerned about matching the color of the carpeting to your window treatments; however, there are a few things about stain resistant carpeting that we think you should know. Let’s get started!

How is it applied?

Most carpet materials are not naturally stain resistant, which means a protectant has to be added to the carpet fibers. There are two ways this can be done: during the manufacturing process or as a treatment after the carpet is made. Most carpeting is manufactured with some sort of stain resistant coating. This is often applied as a solvent that is baked onto the fibers of the carpet. The other option is a water-based treatment that is sprayed onto the carpeting after it has been manufactured.

How does it work?

Whether the carpet has a stain resistant protectant added during the manufacturing process or a sealant added after the fact, the end result is the same. The protectant coats the carpet fibers, blocking the pores and making each individual fiber resistant to water-based and oil-based stains. These liquid-based stains are blocked from being absorbed into the fiber, allowing you to clean up the spill before permanent damage is done to the carpeting. The protectant also helps to prevent dirt and dust from being ground into the fibers due to foot traffic.

What is it made of?

Most solutions used in stain resistant carpets are typically chemical-based; however, there are safe options out there and some carpets, such as wool carpet, are naturally stain resistant. If you want to know more about the products used to make our carpets stain resistant or other natural, eco-friendly options, stop in to our carpeting store in Santa Cruz, CA and we’ll be happy to tell you more.

How do I clean my stain-resistant carpets?

“Stain resistant” doesn’t mean you won’t ever have to clean your carpets again. While most carpet cleaners are safe to use on your stain resistant carpet, we do suggest staying away from bleaches or other strong chemicals that can break down the sealant.

At The Wholesale House, we always strive to provide our clients with the best quality flooring options, including carpeting that will stand the test of time and whatever life throws at it (literally and figuratively). If you are looking for quality carpeting that will be able to stand up to your busy lifestyle, we have what you’re looking for. Come check out our selection today!

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