Kids, pets, day-to-day routines - with everything we have going on it’s easy for carpet messes to happen and for them to not get noticed or cleaned up. Before spills occur, make sure you know how to clean them up quickly, so those sudden spills don’t turn into lasting stains.
Learning how to get stains out of carpet requires two things. The first is knowing what kind of fibers make up your carpet and the second is having all the right cleaning agents to help remove the spot.
Before you can choose a carpet cleaner solution, you will need to know what kind of fibers make up your carpet. Using the proper cleaning agents and techniques for your specific carpet helps avoid potential damage and provide the most effective clean. If you’re not certain which type you have, it’s important you do some research to figure it out. In short, there are two types of carpet fibers: synthetic and natural.
Today, synthetic carpets are the most popular style of carpeting with the vast majority of carpets sold in the U.S. being made from synthetic material. Synthetic fibers are machine-made fibers with common types including: nylon, polyester, triexta, and olefin. Overall, these fibers are much more stain-resistant than natural fibers and tend to be less expensive.
Since both are synthetically-made, people often question which carpet fiber is better: nylon or polyester. Nylon is very durable, abrasion resistant, and runs more expensive compared to Polyester. Polyester, on the other hand, is stain resistant, strong, and softer to the touch than Nylon. Nylon and polyester are relatively easy-to-wash and mildew resistant. In the end, both are quality materials for carpet, so it really comes down to personal preference and choice.
Natural fibers are made from materials found naturally and constructed that way. Most carpets are made from at least some synthetic material so natural carpets and rugs are valued for their rich textures and natural weave. Wool is the most common type of natural carpet fiber. These fibers easily absorb stains and are typically better at insulating sound and heat.
Your carpet cleaner solution will need to be based on what kind of fibers make up your carpet. If you’re unsure what kind of carpet you have in your home, here’s a carpet identification guide.
Once you know what kind of carpet you have, you can finally narrow down how to clean your carpet. You can do this by making your own carpet cleaner or buying a store-bought cleaner.
Creating a homemade or DIY carpet cleaner can sound like a tedious project, but it's actually quite easy. In fact, many of the solutions used to make the cleaner are common household items that you probably already have lying around. If not, a quick run to the grocery store will help you gather up supplies. Below is everything you’ll need for your homemade carpet cleaner:
Stanley Steemer Spot Remover™ is safe to use on natural and synthetic carpet fibers. It’s an easy and effective carpet stain remover that helps get stains out of carpet.
If the stain has settled over time or is too tough for your homemade carpet cleaner, you can always turn to the professionals for help. Stanley Steemer is the best carpet cleaner because we use EPA approved carpet cleaning agents combined with our proprietary hot-water extraction process to achieve the best results possible.