Carpet Maintenance-Part 1 of 2
Prolonging the Life of your carpets is important since it represents a sizable investment on your part. . It would make sense to take measures that would certainly extend it’s life.
Most carpet is constructed with an array of man made synthetic fibers such as:nylon, olefin, polyester, and some acrylic. The Good news is that these synthetic fibers rarely wear out (except on stairs), instead they ugly out. What we mean by that is, the fibers crush, or mat down, or flatten out. They can also abrade or scratch.
Keep in mind that carpets are made up of thousands upon thousands of small thread-like fibers that have been twisted together. So what are these fibers? They are fibers like translucent pieces of plastic. That’s why some colors of carpet can look different in your home than in the showroom, because these types of fibers let light through them, somewhat like a colored Plexiglas.
Now , scratch a Plexiglas, it gets dirty and dull. Poor cared for carpet can look the same, dull and dirty. So what scratches my carpet? Whatever is brought into the house such as soil and sand, and when left on the carpet, it get’s walked into fibers of the carpet scratching them. Eventually this scratching will produce ughly out carpet.
That essentially means that the the fibers are clean, but have been so scratched up, they do not reflect the light back to the eyes like before. Thus taking on a dull appearance which is commonly mistaken for soiled carpets. This usually happens first in the heavily walked on areas or traffic lanes.
So the most important thing you can do to improve the appearance life expectancy or your carpet, is to follow a few suggestions now found in Carpet Maintenance part 2 of 2.