Most Important Questions About Carpet Care

Taking care of carpet shouldn’t be rocket science, but it’s getting that way — there’s so much misinformation out there. In this three part article we’ll answer the most important questions about carpet care.

Is there a kind of carpet I should have bought that wouldn’t get dirty so easily?

The new carpet you’ll see in houses today is 85 percent nylon, and almost all the rest is wool. Both kinds are virtually indestructible. Nylon has a little more built-in stain resistance than wool, but wool may wear a little better. After about seven or eight years, nylon fibers tend to lose their luster. We say that the carpet ‘uglies out’ before it wears out.

What about the color and the pile?

The color matters less than you’d think. It’s not that hard to keep white clean, and it doesn’t show dust. The darker colors show every little speck. The pile doesn’t matter that much, either. Cut pile is easier to clean than loop pile — the loops have more places where dirt can hide — but loop pile doesn’t get matted down and crushed by traffic.

What kinds of cleaning rituals should I set up?

Take off your shoes when you get home, but leave your socks on — walking around in bare feet leaves behind natural oils that attract dirt. Vacuum every day. Use a top-load vacuum, so the dirt falls inward, and HEPA filters. Change the filters often, so you don’t blow pollutants back into the air. Change the vacuum bag when it’s half full, for maximum effectiveness. If you have cut pile, use a beater-bar attachment to break the surface tension and loosen dirt. But don’t use it on loop pile — you don’t want to break the loops.

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