Polyester Carpet Cleaning Tips
Because polyester is one of the least expensive carpet fibers available, it has become a popular option for homes on a budget. Polyester fiber is not only valued for its plush texture and beautiful sheen, but also its excellent resistance to stains and fading. Where polyester carpet falls short when compared to other options, however, is resiliency.
Under heavy traffic, even the newest polyester fibers crush and mat easily. Polyester is often compared to nylon, another synthetic fiber. While nylon is more expensive than polyester, it is also much more durable. Because of this, most experts recommend installing polyester in low-traffic areas like basements and nylon in high-traffic areas like living rooms and hallways when cost is a factor.
The biggest part of maintaining polyester carpet is making sure traffic patterns do not develop. Because polyester fibers crush easily, you’ll need to move furniture every so often to redirect foot traffic. If you put heavy furniture on polyester carpet, you should consider setting it on gliders and moving it a couple inches several times each year. This will keep the furniture from putting dents and impressions into your carpet.
The nice thing about polyester carpet is that it is relatively simple to clean. Because it resists staining and fading so well, it does not require the constant attention that other types of fibers demand. Experts still recommend vacuuming low traffic area at least once a week and high traffic areas once every other day to keep dirt from breaking down the carpet fibers. Experts also recommend deep cleaning once a year. Unlike natural fibers like wool, polyester does not have trouble drying and should respond well to regular deep cleaning.
Even though polyester is extremely stain resistant, stains can still set in your polyester carpet if they are not properly taken care of. As soon as a stain occurs, use paper towels or a cloth to blot the spilled liquid. Then you’ll want to apply carpet stain remover that is safe to use on synthetic carpet. After the stain is gone, rinse the carpet, blot the area dry and vacuum.