Identifying carpet fibre type…before cleaning

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They may look the same to the eye. They may feel the same underfoot. They may even give off a similar aroma. But believe me, not all carpets are the same. Most UK carpets are made from either nylon, polyester, polypropylene (olefin) or wool and some may have silk, acrylic, rayon, cotton or linen. Carpets sold for residential use are generally made from polyester, nylon, olefin or wool. Virtually all carpet for the commercial market is made from nylon. Using the wrong system to clean particular carpet fibres can cause severe damage resulting in poor appearance or even the necessity of replacement.

The reason for this is that each of these fibres reacts differently to particular cleaning agents and cleaning techniques and using the wrong one could easily cause your carpet to be ruined. This means that when you are having your carpet or rug professionally cleaned, it is vital that whoever is doing the job knows how to identify which fibres are in it. And believe me, many so-called ‘cleaners’ neither know nor care. This is why it pays to deal with a professionally trained and accredited cleaning company that treats you carpet with respect, cleans it thoroughly and appropriately, leaving it looking better and lasting longer.

Before and After

At Cleaning Contractors NI, we find that most people think that cleaning a carpet is a simple job, that all carpets can be cleaned in the same way and that anyone could do it. Nothing could be further from the truth. All of our cleaning technicians have many hours of professional training under their belts and this means we offer our customers two major benefits

  • We understand your carpet’s cleanability — how easily it will clean, how difficult it will be to remove spots and stains and what you can expect it to look like after having been treated
  • We can accurately identify the fibre type and this allows us to select the cleaning product that will remove the most soil without damaging the fibre, changing the colour or altering its texture.

The thing to remember is that just as all carpets are not the same, all carpets cleaners are not the same either, so it makes sense to do our homework and identify a professional company with a track record of on-going training and a healthy list of satisfied customers. You can be assured that Cleaning Contractors NI staff always take the utmost care when cleaning your valuable carpets and rugs. For this reason our pre-clean inspection is always a vital first step.

I hope this clarifies the main reasons why it makes sense to use a professional cleaning service. If you would like to find out more about the best way to keep your carpets clean, why not call Cleaning Contractors NI today on 0333 305 8083 or email We look forward to hearing from you.

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