Professional Carpet Cleaning Calgary – Nylon Carpet Characteristics To Look Out For
Posted by Konstantin at October 12th, 2014
If you own a Nylon carpet chances are that, you are among 65% of the Americans who own a similar one. It is one of the most durable and resilient fibers out there and is widely used for covering areas that receive extremely heavy traffic. It comes in a variety of colors and has a wide range of dye depths. Its resistance to soil makes it responsive to cleaning techniques and an enemy to all that soil that your footwear brings in or your kids bring in after a heavy session of sparring with your spouse/ their siblings in the yard.
Where Should You Use It?
The durability of the nylon fiber makes it a good choice for an area that receives a lot of traffic. It is a good choice for the living room as carpets in this room tend to receive most of the beating. You could even think of covering the stairways with it. The forgiving nature of the fibre makes it a versatile fiber and easy to clean. However, do not be disillusioned just yet and make up your mind immediately about the fiber that you will use. Although most chemicals will help clean nylon based carpets, these carpets tend to get stained very easily and will lose colors easily to bleach, chemically known as sodium chlorinate.
It is an absorbent fibre and therefore stains easily. Food spills, liquids will sink deep into the fibre and spoil the show of the carpet. Therefore, the carpets need to be protected with stain treatments. If you have young kids or toddlers at home who are likely to cause spills while crawling or playing, it is better to go for a carpet that uses a different type of fibre. What about pets? Will there be a lot of spills? These are a few questions that you should definitely ask yourself before going in for buying a new nylon based carpet. Otherwise you will have to consider spending on stain warranties. Before you choose your nylon carpet, also look into the type of warranties that come with the carpet. Some of these warranties are Fade or Colourfast or Stain Resistance warranties that may or may not be offered by the seller when you purchase the carpet. It’s a good idea to look into these when you are purchasing a nylon carpet.
A truly resilient fibre, flattened regions in nylon carpets literally bounce back when treated using the hot water extraction method. This is because the steam from the steam cleaning method reactivates the hydrogen molecules in the fibre causing the fibre to get somewhat ‘invigorated’ and ‘unflatten’ itself. A simple bit of chemistry is what gives nylon its high resilience and abrasion resistance. This is useful as regions of the carpet that are pressed under tables or couches are straightened out. This also means that a stea cleaning becomes important at least once in a year to ensure the longevity of your carpet.
Not only is nylon a versatile fibre but it also comes in various price ranges. Unlike the more expensive oriental woollen rugs that are beyond the budgets of most young couples, nylon offers flexibility in its pricings to encourage buyers of all classes to get a durable home furnishing at a reasonable cost.
As we have discussed above, they are not very resistant to stains unless treated with special anti-stain treatments. Spills of the general kind tend to seep through and leak colours. Certain chemicals like bleach should also never be used as they will bleed the colours of the carpet. Care must be taken to ensure that the pH of the cleaning solution is not too high otherwise the anti stain treatments will be removed.
A special kind of nylon is solution dyed nylon in which the colour is actually part of the fiber. This process is permanent and fade-resistant. This makes it practically impossible for the stains to latch on to the fiber and leave behind a stain.
Nylon fibres are extremely prone to static despite their resistance to mildew and soil. As such most nylon carpets are pretreated with antistatic treatments.
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Now that you have a better understanding of the nylon carpets, let us take a look into how to clean them and keep them clean. For details on how to clean nylon carpets, look here.