One of the things every homeowner should do is invest some time to better understand carpet care. If you have invested in the carpet for your home, you want to ensure the investment lasts, which is not possible without you doing the appropriate cleaning and care. The best practices include regular vacuum cleaning, dealing with spills and stains as soon as possible, doing a deep clean of the carpet every year and being proactive in regards to spreading dust and dirt by leaving shoes outside and having a good doormat to wipe your feet at.
There are various carpet types, which homeowners need to be aware of if they wish to do the best possible care. Without such knowledge, cleaning procedures and negligence can do more harm than good.
There are three major types of carpets: cut pile, loop pile and a combination of the two. The fibre materials of each type can be different, changing how they perform.
Cut pile carpets are made by cutting yarn loops to provide the upright pile. The result is a formal-looking, luxurious carpet.
Loop pile carpets rely on the usage of the full loop of yarn for a diverse finish of styles and patterns in different loop heights.
A cut and loop type of carpet is essentially a cut pile carpet with some areas of loop pile built into its design.
Within all of these three types are a variety of styles, which are different in regards to the twist level of the pile yarn and the pile length.
Loop pile carpet types should be vacuumed with extra care, in order not to create excessive fuzz. You can do this by either turning the brush roll-off or vacuuming without one.
Cut and loop styles have one disadvantage over the individual styles, which is that they can look worn out quickly if left without proper maintenance for too long. The longer cut bends over the short loops and thus creates this effect.
It is always important to understand the type of carpet you are dealing with, to provide good care for it. Knowing the material and the style will allow you to pick the best carpet cleaning method.