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Berber Carpet Cleaning

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Understanding Berber Carpet

Berber carpeting was originally designed to look like naturally woven grasses. The first berbers were made of wool, a material that can be tricky to maintain, even though it's beautiful and long lasting. Wool berbers were often created to mimic rustic woven rugs and sported lighter neutral colors, like beige. The problem with these early attempts is that the dense nature of the berber weave, and the difficult cleaning characteristics of wool made it almost impossible to get the carpeting clean once it got dirty. Dirt and grime that migrated to the densely bound area at the base of the carpet was destined to stay there, dulling the carpet's color, matting it down and generally creating a mess.

Adding to the problem is berber's characteristic looping weave, which shouldn't be treated with the beater-brush action available on most domestic vacuum cleaners. Where the beaters create agitation to get the dirt out of cut pile carpeting, it damages the wrapped fibers in berber carpet.

Modern Berber Carpet

Modern berber carpet is typically made of synthetic fibers that respond better to cleaning, although the distinctive weave still needs special treatment. Of the synthetics, olefin and nylon are the most common. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

Olefin Berber - Olefin is an inexpensive polypropylene material used to make low to mid-range berber carpet. It is the easiest berber carpeting to shampoo or wash because it is often less densely packed than other fibers. Olefin also resists stains and dries quickly. This makes it a good overall choice, except in areas where there is the potential for constant abrasion, like near an entry. Olefin shows wear from abrasion more quickly than its nylon or wool counterparts.

Nylon Berber - Although at one time nylon berber was a low price, common option, it is now usually considered a high-end choice for berber carpeting. Nylon is abrasion resistant and retains a lustrous appearance, but it is quite dense and can be harder to vacuum effectively or shampoo without the help of a professional.

Berber Carpet Cleaning

The best way to maintain any style of berber carpet is to vacuum it often. Never use a vacuum with the beater-bar feature active. The abrasive action can destroy the looping strands and prematurely age the carpet. The dense nature of berber carpet can work against you once dirt becomes embedded, but if you maintain the carpet with regular vacuuming, you can remove surface particulates before they have a chance to get to a point beyond the reach of your vacuum's suction. Regular, gentle vacuuming is probably the most effective means of maintaining the appearance of berber carpet.

When the time comes to clean berber, use a steam extraction technique on olefin fibers and choose dry cleaning methods for nylon. If you have wool berber, have your installation evaluated by a pro.

A professional carpet cleaner will understand which approach will work best for your installation and be able to suggest the right berber carpet cleaning technique for you

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