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Carpet Cleaning

Carpet is more than color, comfort and warmth.  A good carpet can truly provide the perfect compliment to any room. Carpets come in a variety of styles and materials.  Unfortunately any carpet can also hold up to its own weight in dirt, and still appear clean. Carpet also can significantly contribute to allergies, and poor indoor air qualities in the home. There has been data suggesting it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Cleaning and maintaining your carpet correctly to maintain its original splendor is important for any home.

Carpet Cleaning Basics

Understanding the construction of carpet, and how a vacuum cleaner works will help you remove more dirt out of your carpet. Every day people can walk in the house; tracking outside dirt from shoes depositing it in your carpet. Most of the dirt from your shoes is sandy gritty dirt. This ends up in the bottom of your carpet in what’s called dirt gutters. It’s important to remove this dirt from your carpet because as it builds in your carpet it starts to work like scissors damaging the delicate carpet fibers. The other type of dirt is the surface dirt we see on the top of the carpet. This can be pet hair, threads, or anything light. To combat both types of dirt in your carpet you need a vacuum using a brush roll to maintain your carpet on a regular basis. A brush roll will sweep the light surface dirt off your carpet lifting the nap of the carpet up. The brush roll also vibrates the dirt from the bottom of the carpet to the top where it can be sucked up into the vacuum. There are many different brands, and types of vacuums. You really need to know the benefits of each type. Also where the vacuum is made may not matter initially but, it can be a huge deal if you’re waiting for a part from China.  So I always recommend buying American made Vacuums.

Vacuum Cleaners

When you sip a drink through a straw, you are utilizing the simplest of all suction mechanisms. Sucking the drink up causes a drop in pressure between the bottom of the straw and the top of the straw. With greater fluid pressure at the bottom than the top, the drink flows up to your mouth. ­

This is a simple explanation of the basic mechanism at work in a vacuum cleaner, though the execution is a bit more complicated.  There are different types of vacuum cleaners for use with your carpet.

Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Canister Vacuum Cleaners


The type of fiber used in a carpet plays a key role in how it feels and how well it performs.  Basically, there are two fiber types: natural and man-made.  The predominant natural carpet fiber is wool. Other natural materials such as silk, linen, and cotton are sometimes blended with wool, but rarely used alone.  Most carpets on the market are made from synthetic fibers such as nylon, rayon, acrylic, polypropylene and polyester.


Wool is the most beautiful, luxurious, and durable of all the carpet fibers. It is a natural fiber that is highly regarded for its strength, durability, crush resistance, clean ability, and comfort.


Durable synthetic fiber which also has good dyeing characteristics. Nylon yarns can be solution dyed, skein dyed and/or space dyed.Durable synthetic fiber which also has good dyeing characteristics. Nylon yarns can be solution dyed, skein dyed and/or space dyed.


Acrylic has good resilience, but can be less durable.


Synthetic fiber used extensively in machine made rugs. This low-cost fiber is colored in the pellet phase of production. Performs best when heat-set and/or used in a dense construction.


Synthetic fiber most often used in staple spun yarns.