When choosing new carpet it is easy to go overboard and want the shag or long pile carpet because it feels so soft and warm and totally luxurious to the touch – at least while it is new. Even the mid length pile carpet choices feel wonderful and look great in the samples. However, experienced carpet cleaners will tell you that once they get a bit of wear and tear, those long strands tend to get matted, especially during carpet cleaning procedures.
The easiest carpet to clean is the one with the least amount of pile. Flat looking carpet may not look as luxurious, but if you get a colour you like you’ll end up appreciating it a lot more due to the ease of cleaning if offers. Not only is the vacuum cleaner easier to push and pull over it, stains and spills come out much more easily. Vacuuming a long pile carpet is more difficult because all those long strands get sucked up. But they also get tangled easily, which traps the dust and dirt in and under them.
Imagine trying to blot up a wine spill from a carpet or mat with pile that is some centimetres long. Not only will clean fibres get in the way and may end up soiled as you try to blot up the spill, those that are stained already will flop and flip around spreading the stain as they go.
If you want a carpet that always looks good, is easy to clean and is suited to high traffic areas, get a level loop pile carpet. This type of carpet doesn’t have an actual pile, so footprints on it are not visible. The carpet is made from thick strands that are woven directly into the base, giving the finish a pebbled look. However, the look can vary depending on the type of loop that is used. Some loop pile carpets have an attractive design made by adding a different pile at intervals.
No type of carpet will clean very well unless you have a strong vacuum cleaner. Cheaper vacuum cleaners may suck dirt and dust off a hard floor surface, but they cannot provide enough suction to get dust and dirt out of the carpet, especially if it is trapped under fibres. While a really strong cleaner will be more expensive to purchase, it is well worth the investment to see your floors all sparkling clean with less effort.
If you have inside pets, their hair and dander (dead skin) will come off in the carpet. It will help to keep you and your children free of allergies if you can keep the carpets dirt and dust free, so choosing a carpet that is easy to clean is the first step to a healthier lifestyle.