As an Upper Valley Cleaning company, we have seen thousands of carpets over the years. Cleaning carpets for a living teaches you quickly about the different types of carpeting in businesses and homes. There are hundreds of styles, colors, and options in carpeting today. If you have ever bought carpeting for your home or business, then you know how overwhelming it can be in choosing the right carpet. Here is the ultimate Upper Valley carpet cleaning guide.
What Are The Different Fibers?
- Wool – For a long time this was the choice of rug makers. Wools stands up very well to traffic. It has a nice soft touch to it that makes this an excellent choice. An added benefit to a wool carpet is over time it takes on a patina. This patina adds lots of character to each rug. If you are considering a wool carpet, make sure it is a flatweave as these are particularly durable.
- Cotton – Cotton rugs are more affordable and more casual than wool rugs. Cotton rugs are often flatweaves or braided. Cotton dyes easily and can come in a variety of colors.
- Jute & Seagrass – These fibers are natural fibers that make very durable and tough floor coverings. Jute is softer while Seagrass is stronger. Both of these fibers are going to be more course than cotton or wool. These fibers over time will darken when exposed to sunlight. They shouldn’t be exposed to high moisture areas for long periods. If you get a stain on these materials, it ‘s hard to remove them.
- Polypropylene – This is a synthetic fiber that is perfect for repelling stains and water. This material also is commonly used in outdoor rugs. Don’t dry clean this type of carpeting as it can swell the fibers and ruin your carpet.
What Type of Weaves Are There In A Rug?
Rug making has not changed much over the years. How artisans made rugs hundreds of years ago are made the same way today. The only difference is the introduction of machines to speed up the process. Here are the most common types of weaves that are still used today.
- Hand-Knotted Weave – While these kinds of rugs are stunning and often are created great care and durability. Most artisans that handcraft included several knots per square inch increasing the value and durability.
- Tufted Weave – These types of rugs can be produced by hand or machine. High or low rugs are made with this type of weave. After the loop is made, there is another layer of cloth that is applied to the back of the rug to hold all the loops in place. This weave is sheared after being pulled through to create a smooth, cut-pile surface on the rug.
- Hooked Weave – This weave is similar to the tufted weave. It is pulled through the rugs backing, and a layer of cloth is added to that to hold the hooks into place.
- Flat Weave – These types of rugs have to pile or knots. They are traditionally made on a loom. They are threaded through the warps to create the rug. Dhurries Rugs are a good example of a flat weave rug.
How do I choose the right rug for my room?
Typically you would buy a rug that covers the whole room. The rug would stay 2 feet from the walls. So if you have a 14 foot by 14-foot room, your rug would be 12 foot by 12 foot.
What do I do with an enormous room?
Consider the setting first. If this is your residential home, then you would treat that differently than a commercial conference room. In this case, you may want to choose two or three rugs. Make them different sizes, but don’t choose styles that will clash with each other. In your entryways make sure the bottom of the door will open over the rug and not catch on the pile.
What about putting a rug in the dining room?
In the dining area, you should have a rug that covers most of the room and extends at least 20″ beyond the edge of the dining area. This way of measuring is to accommodate the chairs at the table when sliding in and out. When you measure your table size, don’t forget to put all the leaves in the table. You will need to measure your table and add 5 feet beyond the tables edge. This will give each person enough room to accommodate the chairs and movement.
How do I care for my rug?
- Use a rug pad. Rug pads will keep your rug in place preventing it from sliding and wrinkling. Rug pads help in extending the life of your new rug. They also make it easier to vacuum and suck up the dirt underneath.
- Vacuum your rug regularly. Yes, that means getting the vacuum out and spending a little bit of time sucking up all the dirt and grime that your kids track into the house. Vacuum the front and back side of your rugs too!
- If you spill something on the rug, clean it up quickly. Don’t let that spill sit for any amount of time. Don’t scrub the stain away, blot, blot, blot with a cloth or paper towel. Use vinegar to help remove those hard to get rid of stains.
- When vacuuming doesn’t seem to remove the dirt from your rug, hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Upper Valley Cleaning has top of the line carpet cleaning equipment and go through extensive training on how to care for your carpets. Our results are better than using a rug doctor you might rent from the store.
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