Eventually, any carpet that receives regular traffic will need to be replaced – no matter how expertly or regularly it’s professionally cleaned. The soft, even texture you love will eventually flatten and lose its looks. But that won’t happen overnight. Chances are, you’ll someday reach the point where you’ll wonder if it’s time to call on the steam cleaners to work their magic, or if it’s finally time to think about replacing that carpet altogether.
For many of us, new carpet represents a considerable investment. If and when that’s the case, choosing to replace that carpet won’t easy. But here are some ideas to keep in mind if your carpet has seen better days, and you’re wondering if a thorough professional cleaning is the best move, or if it’s time to think about replacing that carpet altogether. In this article, we’ll look at carpets that have lost their shape. As it turns out, some carpets are more likely to regain that shape after a cleaning than others.
Over time, traffic presses carpet down. Pressed-down carpet lays flat, and loses its softness and appearance. But some types of carpet fight to stay upright and retain their youthful shape better than others: wool, nylon, and DuPont’s Serona® carpeting are three examples. These types of carpeting feature stronger, more resilient fibers. After a cleaning, the tufts of a wool, nylon, or Serona carpet are more likely to stand again and regain their looks. Many synthetic carpets, on the other hand, are more prone to losing their shape and staying down flat.
Do you know what kind of carpeting you’ve got? Many of us don’t, but it’s not that difficult to identify what your carpet is made of. Snip a tiny piece of carpet from an inconspicuous place, like the inside of a closet. Next you’re going to want to gently burn the piece of carpet – preferably outside, as the piece of carpet may melt or create a bad odor.
Hold the piece of carpet with cheap tweezers or a paper clip, and light it on fire. If your piece of carpet burns and crumbles, it’s made of a natural fiber – more than likely wool. If you do have a wool carpet, you can count on to holds its shape very well and be exceptionally resistant to stains. Wool carpeting is also expensive – a big investment that can and should be maintained by a professional carpet cleaner like Chem-Dry. You can also count on a wool carpet to bounce back nicely after a steam cleaning.
If your carpet melts, it’s made of a synthetic material like nylon, polyester, or acrylic. Note the odor created. With any luck, you can match the odor to the kind of carpet you’ve got. Here’s a quick guide:
• Nylon – Burning plastic
• Serona – Plant or vegetable, like celery
• Polyester – Chemical, slightly sweet
• Olefin – Asphalt
• Acrylic – Strong meaty, fishy, or chemical
• Rayon – Paper or wood
Once you know your type of carpeting, you have a better idea about how much it might be able to recover. Of the types of carpeting listed above, nylon and Serona are most likely to rebound and recover their shape after a cleaning. The others are more likely to stay down, meaning that you’ll need to replace your carpet in order to get that pleasing soft shape that you’ve been missing.
Regardless of the type of carpet you’ve got, you should remember that occasional steam cleanings are needed in order to extend the life of your carpet. These cleanings remove the soil and grit that damages carpet fibers and accelerate the process of wear. If you’ve got a carpet that you don’t want to replace anytime soon, a professional carpet cleaning will help your carpet look better and brighter, for longer.