Carpet Fiber Types

By Micheal Sweet on January 17, 2018

Carpet Fiber Types

A large portion of determining how often you should get your carpets cleaned is attributed to the kind of carpet you have. If you still have that charming 70’s carpet in certain rooms in your house, it’s easily holding onto dirt build-up since the year it was put in and, therefore, needs much more cleaning. If you’re about to put in new carpets, it’s important to note the different types of maintenance each weave is going to require. If you are unfamiliar with the typical maintenance expectations for your kind of carpet, now would be a good time to find out, so you can effectively avoid mold build-up.

Carpet Fiber Categories

As you might guess, the carpet fiber is what the weave of your carpet consists of. There are quite a few different types of fibers, which we will outline in the blogs to follow. The fibers all have certain weaknesses and characteristics associated with them. In order to choose the right carpet and know how to clean it, it’s important to have a basic understanding of these various fibers that you’ll find in different kinds of carpets. All of them can be placed into one of the two different categories: synthetic or natural.

Manufactured v. Eco-Friendly Carpet

Synthetic fibers are created from man-made materials. They’re usually a compilation of a couple different chemicals fashioned to give them durability and other traits. You’re going to see these kinds of fibers much more often than you will see natural fibers. You’ll see them appear in four main kinds of carpet: polyester, olefin, triexta, and nylon. Natural fibers are created in nature, they are made from plant life that’s been harvested and treated, dyed, and sold to you as a consumer. They’re most likely to appear as rugs rather than carpets, however, both applications can be found and installed. Wool is a very common natural fiber that you’ll see as mainly whole room carpeting, but it’s very expensive.

Both categories have their own benefits. Natural fibers’ main claim to fame is the eco-friendly aspect of them. They’re all made from sustainable materials, unlike the synthetic fibers. It’s commonly thought that synthetic fibers release VOCs or “volatile organic compounds” where natural fibers do not release these, unless they are attached to a synthetic backing. Where natural fibers fall short, however, is their overall durability and versatility. Synthetic fibers are very stain resistant, where natural fibers are the exact opposite. In fact, most natural fibers cannot stand up well to water which renders them impractical for many spaces. Because they are so fragile around moisture, cleaning them is difficult, especially if you are interested in commercial carpet cleaning services for your home. Synthetic fibers are also much easier to maintain, they can be cleaned via the very effective steam carpet cleaning method. Natural fibers will require professional carpet cleaning services to remain clean and managed.

Carpet Cleaning In Glendale

Next time, we’ll discuss fiber category durability, compare costs and practicality. We’ll also include the advantages of types of synthetic fibers like polyester and triexta. If you’re curious about commercial carpet cleaning services in an area near you, Sweettouch, as your go-to local carpet cleaner, is proud to offer service to areas to Phoenix, Buckeye, Scottsdale and much more. If you’re in a need of a consultation, please feel free to contact us, we’d be excited to talk about your cleaning project. Find our services here for a comprehensive guide to what we offer.

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