WHAT TYPE OF CARPET DO YOU HAVE?
Our service begins with a pre-inspection so we can customize your quote based upon the needs of your carpet, and listen to any concerns you may have. The next step is to determine what type of carpet you have, because nylon, polyester, and wool are cleaned differently.
In our honest opinion, nylon carpet is the best carpet to have in your home and we love cleaning it because it releases soil easily, it is resilient (bounces back, fluff’s up) and it typically will “pop” after steam cleaning. Nylon does come with a factory stain protection like “Scotchguard” but with foot traffic, it will eventually wear off. We recommend re-applying stain protection after cleaning. This will create a non-stick coating which will help prevent dirt from sticking to your carpet, gives you time to soak up spills, and will slow down scratching and abrasion. Nylon carpet, if properly and routinely maintained, should last about 15 years.
I place polyester and olefin into the same category, because their cleaning and wear characteristics are basically the same. To clean this type of carpet, it is mandatory to pre-condition the carpet to remove the oils because oil has a magnetic bond to this type of fabric. Also, wear can be a problem for this type of fabric because once polyester/olefin begins to mat and crush, it doesn’t bounce back. Therefore, we recommend vacuuming this carpet every week to prevent wear and abrasion. This type of carpet is considered a “budget” carpet due to its low price tag, but buyer beware. Polyester/Olefin costs you more money to clean, it begins to crush and mat within a year or two, and typically after about 5-7 years it will begin to ugly out which encourages replacement. If you are a homeowner and you plan on staying for the next 10-15 years, we advise choosing a nylon over a polyester/olefin. Trust me, you will not regret it.
Wool carpet is the king of resiliency. It will fluff and bounce back every time you clean it, and it is more resilient than a nylon carpet. Because wool is a natural fabric, you have to be careful not to ruin it. For example, just like you wouldn’t use degreaser while washing your hair in the shower because it is to harsh and your hair will dry out, the same rule applies to wool. If you use cleaning solutions over a ph of 8.5, you will dry out and ruin a wool. That’s why we like to use a fine fabrics shampoo when cleaning wool carpet. It will do a good job removing soil while preventing any damage to the fabric. Because wool is highly absorbent, it will take about 12 hours to dry. Also, be very careful with spills as they will soak into the fiber very quickly. Removing stains from wool can be very tricky due to PH sensitivity, so we don’t advise doing it yourself. For example, 12% peroxide will bleach out the carpet. But, we have wool specific Sacramento Carpet Stain Removal removers, so we can help you with that.