The process of carpet cleaning removes all of the dirt, grit, sand, grime, allergens and other stains from the fibers of your carpet. After you get your carpet cleaned, your carpet will perform much better and last longer. It’s actually recommended to maintain your carpet because of that.
Poorly maintained carpets are known to have a much shorter life than carpets that do receive regular maintenance. Even if your carpet was already installed in your home, it still needs a good deep cleaning. You can usually get that from a professional carpet cleaner. Professional carpet cleaners use professional grade equipment to get out all of the dirt, grime and stains stuck in your carpet.
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After all, carpets are susceptible to all sorts of stains and soiling. Did you know that stains and soiling describe different ‘things?’ Well, both terms do. If you still have a manual for your carpet, you might find information about stains and soiling in different sections. That’s because they refer to different things. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Stains are probably the most common form of discolored spots on the carpet. They usually occur when a substance comes into contact with your carpet, embedding itself within the fibers. The substance, usually a thin or thick liquid, soaks into empty dye sites within the carpet fibers. Those ‘dye sites’ are actually spots within the fibers that weren’t dyed by colorants in a carpet’s post-production manufacturing process. Nylon carpets are the most susceptible to staining, while polyester carpets are known to somewhat resist stains.
Soiled spots look like stains, though they usually don’t develop from spills. They actually develop from the presence of an oily substance or some type of residue that gets onto the carpet. The remaining residue then attracts dirt particles that embed themselves within the carpet. Most oily products cause carpets to develop soiled spots. On an interesting note, oils from bare feet (yes, our feet) actually cause soiled spots to develop on carpets, since both oil and dirt from our feet get embedded within the carpet fibers. Olefin (polypropylene) carpets are the most susceptible to developing soiled spots.
Before you hire a professional, it’s always good learn how to recognize soiled or stained spots on your carpet. That way, you won’t have trouble requesting the right cleaning treatment for your carpet.