Identifying Damages In Our Carpets

corpetCarpets bring royal look and richness to our homes, isn’t it? One day you might be sitting on your sofa and you just have a look at the carpet. It may be dull and patchy at some places. In front of the sofas and arm chairs, the carpet may seem grubby. You might feel how nice it would be if it is cleaned well. The carpet will be sparklingly clean after it is serviced.

Will proper cleaning return it to its original form?
Well…it’s a bit difficult but it is possible to a large extent. The shape of the carpet becomes quite bad if we tread on it wearing shoes or sandals that we use outdoors. You might think, “We all wipe our shoes on the door mat before entering. Even then why is our carpet getting spoiled?” That is a valid point. But let me just explain the proper reason. Wiping shoes and slippers on door mats will not wipe away all the mud and dust on it. Wiping on the door mats might remove bulk particles but small ones will still create havoc. When we sit on sofas or chairs, our shoes and sandals get rubbed against the carpet fibres wearing the fibres away. The tiny dust particles act like abrasives causing damage to the carpet fibres. They almost act like sand paper.

Dark patches on the carpet
After the carpets are manufactured, they are smooth, cylindrical or round. Due to extreme smoothness, they reflect lot of light bouncing from its soft surface. After extensive usage, the surface gets abraded and it reflects very little amount of light. So, subsequently it will look duller than before. When we have a look at new plastic PVC sheet, it is shiny, hard and smooth and reflects lot of light. If we rub a sand paper on the plastic sheet, it becomes dull and dark. The same applies to the carpet also. It gets spoiled and abraded with course of time.
It makes lot of sense, isn’t it?

If some soil from our shoes is mixed with fibres of carpet, it makes a quite bad sight. Cleaning will definitely improve the appearance of the carpet but some areas could be completely damaged. If our slippers have black soles, then it could also be on issue for our carpets. Constant rubbing with our slippers on the carpet will cause penetration of dust into the fibres and will leave dark marks. We keep wondering how the soles of our slippers wore out when we used them only indoors. Obviously it has gone all into the carpet. Voila!

One more reminder
There is a concept of in ground soil too. This phenomenon occurs due to constant bombardment of soil at one place. It happens not only due to foot ware but also due to using hands a lot, draught and venting marks and most used seats on sofas. It is mostly not possible to remove all these marks. If we take the example of a white shirt, the top of the collar edges and cuff edges show blackness and grubbiness. After a particular stage, even washing machine cannot remove it. The issue is not with the cleaning! It’s with the worn out carpet.

If we stop walking on carpets with outdoor foot ware and if we prefer light soled slippers indoors, carpets will last long and will look more attractive and cleaning them further will give fabulous results.

Anti Stain Protector And Its Mode Of Working

spillThere are many brands of stain protectors like stain guard, Teflon, guardsman, scotch guard etc in the professional market. Let’s see how they work actually.
Basically, all the protectors are deigned to adhere to the fabric. Either it be carpets or upholstery, they form a sort of soft coating. It will be more resilient too. It is manufactured to be soft because if it is a hard coating, then it will alter the texture a lot and it will make them feel hard like varnish. It has to be soft but it loses its effectiveness over time and with use. It does give good protection, no doubt about it!

The molecules of the protector bond to the surface of the fibres of the carpet and after they get dried fully, they stop lot of different liquids from staining the carpet almost permanently. It cannot stop every liquid but that does not mean it is waste to use it. It has to be applied effectively for it to work properly. Some type of liquids may bead up and come up to the surface again. This phenomenon will depend on the temperature, content and makeup of the carpet fibre. There are few instances where the protector is not applied properly but even then it will not bead up. The best example is a synthetic yarn in woven construction. There is a thing of interest here. The actual wear to fibre is reduced because the coating of the protector is worn out first before the actual fibre itself. It helps against premature wearing of carpets.

You get for what you pay! So never go for cheap ones. The ones which are costly will generally work fine. No one can ever apply a fantastic protector for a quite cheap price. If you get a really cheap quote, beware! You might be just paying them for spraying water instead of protector. It is always recommended that we use an effective product to keep carpets spic and span.