Natural and Synthetic Carpet Fibers, How to clean them and how are they different?

Jul 7, 2021 | Area Rug Service, Residential Services

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Clean Natural and Synthetic Carpet Fibers with Confidence

If your carpet is looking lackluster and it is time for a cleaning, there’s an important question to consider. Is your carpet made from natural or synthetic fibers? The term ‘carpet fibers’ refers to the material that is used to make your carpet strands.

They made natural carpet fibers from materials found in nature that are manufactured and turned into carpet fibers. Wool is the most common natural fiber used in wall-to-wall carpeting, while materials like sisal, cotton, and jute are used for area rugs. Synthetic fibers are made from chemical compounds and processed into carpet fibers. Nylon, polyester, olefin, and triexta are common synthetic fibers. They make most carpets from a blend of synthetic fibers because of their extra durability. Once you have determined your carpet fiber type, you can clean with confidence using the following tips.

Cleaning Natural Carpet Fibers

When cleaning natural carpet fibers, the first step you need to take is removing loose dirt. For carpets, you will want to vacuum the room several times. Use the pro-tip of vacuuming your carpet two to three times a week to make this process a lot easier! For rugs, you will need to vacuum both sides of the rug to remove loose dirt. If manageable, take your rug outside and shake it to aid in this process.

Next, address spots and spills as soon as possible to prevent staining. If you are spot cleaning your natural fiber carpet, use a clean cloth and warm water to blot the spill. Make sure the water is not hot and that you do not rub the stain, which can push it deeper into the fibers. If the stain is not coming out, try club soda or add a few drops of mild detergent to your water. Be sure to thoroughly blot the carpet to remove any moisture. Natural fiber carpets are prone to mold if we leave the fibers wet. If it is time for an overall carpet cleaning, a dry-cleaning powder is your best bet. Because natural fibers are prone to mold, methods like shampooing and steam cleaning aren’t recommended.

Cleaning Synthetic Carpet Fibers

Like natural carpet fibers, synthetic carpet fibers benefit from regular vacuuming to remove loose dirt. Likewise, addressing stains and spills when they happen is the best way to prevent permanent damage. The blotting method of stain removal applies as well.

Unlike natural carpet fibers, there are many cleaning products you can use that are easily found in most stores. Even though synthetic carpet fibers can handle moisture better than natural carpet fibers, you will want to take care and not over-saturate the stained area. Apply the cleaning product as directed and use a clean absorbent cloth to blot the area. Some cleaning agents may need to remain on the stain for a certain period to work. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before applying. Once the stain is removed, use clear water on an absorbent cloth and blot the area to remove any excess cleaning product.

Prevention and immediate attention to stains are your best measures against permanent stains. Make sure you know if your carpet fibers are natural or synthetic so you can clean with confidence. If your stain becomes too tough to tackle, you can count on Clifford the Carpet Cleaner to help!

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