Tips on Preserving Different Types of Carpet

Carpets come in several different varieties, and most people have no idea which type of carpeting they’re stepping on. In most cases, it's not that important, but if you happen to be the owner of the carpet, you're looking you keep your carpet clean and functional for as long as possible, as it can be extremely costly to replace.

That's when knowing the type of your carpet is important. If you call a carpet cleaning service provider in Tulsa, they'll ask what kind of carpet you have, and if you can answer them confidently, you'll win a bit of confidence.

Cut Pile carpets are made by looping carpet fibers back around into the carpet, and then cutting the loops off at the top, creating a vertical pile that's resistant to crushing. Cut Pile carpets come in Saxony (dense pile cut to 1/2" high, shows every footprint and vacuum cleaner mark), Textured (tightly-twisted pile that resists soil and is good for everyday use), and Freize (short pile that isn't soft to the foot; most used in commercial areas.)

Loop Pile carpets are made just like cut pile, but the loops are left intact. This makes them very durable and thus appropriate for high-traffic areas, but can lead to problems with things like animal claws and other everyday items that might catch and tear the loops. Loop Piles come in Berber (uneven loops of very densely-packed fibers; very stain resistant) and Level (carefully-created level loops generally kept quite short; quite hard underfoot but probably the best carpet for extremely high-traffic areas.)

Cut and Loop Pile carpets also exist, but to care for these carpets, you can general follow the rules for preserving loop pile carpets.

In all cases, carpet preservation is best done by regularly vacuuming (once every two weeks at absolute minimum), steam clean once a season, and to always blot stains the moment they land on the carpet.

Cut pile allows the use of almost any commonplace tools, but Loop pile insists on a suction-only vacuum (no beater bar) and on a soft-bristled brush for scrubbing (as harder bristles will catch and tear the loops).  Both carpets respond equally well to steam cleaning.