Your Berber carpet’s care actually hinges on the type of Berber carpeting in your home. Last time, we covered the surprising number of materials of which Berber is comprised; this time, we will discuss how to clean and maintain these varying types of carpet.
To reiterate, most Berber carpeting is made out of Wool, Nylon/Polyester or Olefin blends. The superior quality carpets, usually wool or nylon, are more durable and well worth the initial investment. Wool and/or Camel hair carpeting is traditionally the most expensive but is highly luxurious and longer lasting if cared for properly. Nylon is second only to wool for ease of cleaning and durability.
Berber’s enemies number among the usual suspects. Dirty shoes and heavy foot traffic can damage and stain your carpet; particularly due to the oil and grime typically carried in from outside. It is a good policy to leave your shoes at the door whenever possible.
Food and drinks can easily stain your carpet as well. If a spill does occur, clean your carpet immediately to prevent the stain from drying into your carpet. Liquid stains require the use of a clean, dry cloth. Be sure to blot the stain and not rub it in. Dry stains, on the other hand, should be picked up immediately followed by a thorough vacuuming of the carpet. Stubborn stains may require a professional cleaning for complete removal.
Speaking of vacuuming, it is essential that you vacuum your Berber carpet on a regular basis. Vacuuming helps remove the everyday dirt and debris which collects on your carpet. Another advantage to vacuuming regularly is that it assists in maintaining good air quality in your home by removing the excess dirt, dust, and mites which accumulate over time. Berber tends to trap dust which is easily removed by vacuuming.
A word to the wise: never use bleach or other harsh chemicals to clean your carpet. Bleach is difficult to remove from within the carpet fibers and ensures future stains will reappear and create irreparable damage to your carpet.
As with other types of carpeting, you will need to have it professionally cleaned on occasion; however, it does stand up well to regular vacuuming and tends to retain its color and form over the years.
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