There are a lot of benefits to having carpet in your home. It is comfortable underfoot, adds to the warmth or coziness of a space and helps reduce noise. However, there’s no denying that cleaning carpets is much more challenging than cleaning hardwood or vinyl, and that the prospect of dealing with a carpet stain can be intimidating.
The good news is that the market has plenty of stain-resistant carpet options for you to investigate if you’re concerned about the potential for spills.
Even if you have a strict no food or drink policy in carpeted rooms, those rooms are still likely to be exposed to dirt, debris and possible staining substances, especially if you have pets or children. If you have any reason to anticipate a mess occurring in your home, stain-resistant carpet can be a great option for you.
What is stain-resistant carpet?
While there is no such thing as a carpet that is completely stain-proof, there are brands of stain-resistant carpet on the market that make it a bit easier for you to get stains out of the fibers quickly, without any permanent damage.
It’s important to distinguish between carpet types that are naturally resistant to staining and those that have been designed to be stain resistant. Certain types of carpet materials have an inherent resistance to staining, but carpet that is labeled stain resistant has been coated with a finish that repels liquids and dirt to prevent them from setting into the carpet fibers.
Nylon carpeting has become extremely popular (it accounts for more than half of all carpeting sold in the United States) because of its resistance to abrasion and mildew. It also frequently features stain-resistant coatings for greater protection.
To make a stain-resistant carpet, the nylon fibers will either be infused with the resistant chemicals before being sent off to a carpeting mill, or the chemicals will be applied to the carpet as a whole during the manufacturing process, after the weaving or tufting process is complete.
In either type of design, the carpet can be expected to be relatively impermeable to messes caused by food and beverage spills, pets, ink and other types of dirt and debris.
When these spills and accidents do occur, the method you use to clean them up will depend on the nature of the mess. You can get some instructions from your carpeting manufacturer specific to your carpet that will outline your cleaning methods.
In many cases, however, you can simply use a soap-and-water solution, or even just plain water. You should take action as quickly as possible to remove the spots before they dry. Even with stain-resistant carpets, it’s far easier to remove a damp spill than one that’s had some time to dry out and set in a bit.
Never use harsh, bleach-based cleaners, as they will remove the protective chemicals coating the fibers that make the carpet stain resistant.
Need more carpet cleaning tips? Contact The Wholesale House and we will be pleased to answer any questions you have about stain-resistant carpets.
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