Life is messy. We're told not to cry over spilled milk, but how about spilled red wine on a light-colored carpet? Fortunately, a good stain resistant carpet can withstand life's spills, messes and mishaps. However, stain resistance has varied meanings when it comes to carpeting. Our
carpeting experts offer a few tips and insights to stain resistant rugs and carpeting.
What is Stain Resistant Carpeting?
Spills like wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks and any food with a tomato-based sauce can seem like a nightmare to clean from the carpet. It can be easier to clean spills and even daily dirt from stain resistant carpeting versus carpet without any stain resistant properties or treatment. According to
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, carpeting labeled as stain resistant has a chemical finish or coating with the ability to repel dirt and liquids. This coating is designed to prevent dirt, liquids and other messes from settling into the carpet fibers and creating a stain.
Types of Stain Resistance
Some fibers used in the manufacturing of carpet are stain resistant naturally. Polyester and olefin (also known as polypropylene) are both naturally stain resistant. Olefin also is water-resistant, wicking away moisture and drying quickly when wet. Nylon tends to be more prone to staining and natural wool fibers also will stain easier than a polyester carpet.
The term inherent stain resistance means the fibers will absorb little to no liquids. If your carpeting has inherent stain resistance, blot the spill with a clean rag immediately to absorb the liquid. Never rub or press the rag into the carpet or you can force the liquid down into the fibers and even into the carpet pad.
Carpeting that has been coated with a manufacturer's stain treatment also will allow you to blot and remove spills before staining may occur. Many carpet manufacturers offer their proprietary stain treatment and often include some form of warranty with the product. Depending on the brand or manufacturer, the stain resistance treatment may only be applied to the fibers' tips or it may cover the whole carpet fiber and the backing.
Best Stain Resistant Carpet
The best stain resistant carpet is the one that actually resists stains. When considering carpet for your home choose a material that fits the way you live. If you have kids and pets in your home or like to entertain often, you may want to consider a polyester carpet that is inherently stain resistant. Pet stain resistant carpets are advertised by different manufacturers and these are often treated with a coating to resist pet accidents from seeping through the carpet and into the padding and underlayment.
Unfortunately, sometimes a stain does happen that, despite the carpet's stain resistant properties, you still struggle to remove. Let us help, our
at ServiceMaster Clean can tackle even the toughest stains, helping to restore your carpet. We'll take the hassle out of carpet stain removal.
Carpet stains can be a nightmare to clean so ServiceMaster Clean is sharing tips and insight into the world of stain resistant rugs and carpeting.