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What to Know About Carpet Materials

The more you know about carpet, the easier it will be to make a choice on what kind should be installed in your living room, bedroom, or hallways. In the previous blog we discussed different types of carpet, including Saxony, frieze, berber, and level loop. Many of these styles of carpet are durable and soft, giving your home a welcoming atmosphere. They can also be easily cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning service. In this post, we’ll go even deeper and talk about different types of carpet materials and the best methods of cleaning them.

In San Antonio, Steam Master Cleaning is your number one source of professional and reliable steam cleaning that can remove even the toughest stains and give dirty carpet a fresh and clean appearance.

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Carpet Fibers

  • Nylon: One of the most common types of carpet materials, this is the strongest fiber. This means that even the most heavily used areas like hallways and living rooms are durable and can easily be cleaned by a carpet cleaning service. Nylon carpets are soil and mildew resistant and non-allergenic making a great option for allergy prone residents or families with pets. The only downside is that nylon has a tendency to easily pick up static.
    • With nylon carpets, it’s important to keep a consistent cleaning schedule including weekly vacuuming and yearly carpet cleaning service to remove dirt, grit, and allergens. Use the dab and blot method to clean coffee, wine, tomato sauce, or chocolate stains. Try to avoid using bleach to protect the color of the carpet.
  • Olefin: Short for polypropylene, this carpet fiber was originally designed for outdoor carpeting and finished basements because it is resistant to moisture, mildew, water damage, staining, pilling, shedding, and static. As the material was further developed to have a more wool-like feel and appearance, it is more widely used in hopes because of its durability. A benefit of Olefin is that it is dyed before making it into a carpet so the material is colorfast. Although, the material can flatten and in direct, consistent sunlight, the color can fade.
    • This material can be damaged when the temperature is too hot, so be mindful of using water that is too hot when cleaning stains. Mix together equal amounts of bleach and tap water to remove stains, but avoid oily cleaning products as they can cause a yellowing of the carpet.
  • Polyester: Although not as durable as nylon, polyester is still stain resistant and providers homeowners a wide variety of options, including textures and colors. Downsides are that it is prone to pilling and shedding. Benefits are that it is non-allergenic, sheds moisture, resists moths and mildew, and is easily cleaned.
    • Clean up stains as quickly as possible when working with a polyester carpet because the material tends to dry quickly. Vacuum regularly to keep dirt from penetrating the carpet.
  • Wool: Wool might have everything you want, but it is a more costly option. It has a rich look and feel along with resilience and durability, it is stain resistant and resists dirt.
    • Use cold water and dab and blot at stains on a wool carpet. Vacuum regularly, but watch out for vacuums that can damage the fibers. Schedule a carpet cleaning service once every year or two.

Steam Master Cleaning serves the San Antonio communities and can provide your home with professional and reliable carpet cleaning services. Call us today if you have any questions about what type of carpet is right for your home.


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This was the first time I’ve had my carpets professionally cleaned. Fred Martinez did an excellent job. He was very professional, courteous and efficient. I would recommend this company and Fred Martinez to everyone.
Fast and friendly customer service! I’ve used this company many times over the years (we have pets) and they do such an excellent job cleaning the carpet. They are very reliable and were able to accomadate our tight schedule!
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Fred was super pleasant and professional. He thoroughly explained the cleaning process and answered all questions. I’m very happy with the finished product and will definitely be a return customer. Thanks Fred-my carpet looks brand new again..
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