Carpets can be fascinating to learn about! Sure, we spend most of our days walking on them, but they can be interesting if you have nothing else on your plate.
I have a friend who works with carpet cleaners Perth, and sometimes we talk shop about what he does. It’s amazing what you learn that way.
For example, did you know there are two main types of carpet construction? Based on what he told me, it all comes down to how the fibres are attached to the backing. Different methods have properties that make them stand out in the right conditions.
On the one hand, you have loop pile style. This process involves bending the fibres in little loops, making it durable and stain-resistant. The trade-off is that the cushioning is limited and it isn’t high profile. If you’re looking for something more subdued, it could work great.
The other style is cut pile, which doesn’t use loops. They are much denser and softer but are usually harder to clean. There are various sub-types for this, like plush carpets with a smooth texture, or cable which has thicker fibres and greater comfort underfoot.
Sometimes, you can find a cut and loop combination. These are good for hiding stains.
Of course, the style of carpet construction isn’t the only factor. There is also what fibres you use, which can have a significant impact on how hard cleaning it can be. Yeah, my friend’s knowledge is very focused on cleaning and stains, but that’s his job. I understand the laser-like focus.
Nylon is popular. It’s durable, can take a lot of punishment, and doesn’t wear easy. The problem is that you are looking at something that stains easily. A stain-resistant treatment can help, but my friend says experience tells him it won’t do much good for particular types of stain.
Olefin has moisture resistance and can fight off mould and mildew. Olefin carpeting is perfect for basements and the outdoor areas because of these properties. This fibre being tougher than other alternatives helps, too. However, nylon is easier to walk on.
Acrylic is a rare choice. It’s inexpensive and has similar properties to wool, but isn’t as widely available.
Finally, as mentioned, there is wool. The premier carpeting fibre, and the only natural fibre that is used to make them. Durable and stain-resistant, it’s one of the most expensive and most popular options. My friend personally loves working with wool, because if you know what you’re doing, it’s easy to clean.