02 Oct Which Type of Carpet Is Best For Your Home?
Carpets cover large swathes of our homes’ floors, and over time they collect dirt, grime, and stains. While some are resistant and durable, others provide comfort and style to your house. But no matter their traits, one must know the details of their material and textures to ensure they endure and stay clean.
At Smart Choice Cleaning, our professionals are trained in proper cleansing and stain-removal techniques. For over a decade, our team has serviced countless homes and businesses to accumulate extensive knowledge and experience. This ensures that we provide quality carpet cleaning services as well as tile & grout, upholstery, move-in/out cleaning, and other services.
Below, we list several popular kinds of carpets on the market and then detail their strengths and weaknesses. This information will help you select the carpets that should be installed in your home.
Triexta (Smartstrand) Carpets
The Good: This carpeting is incredibly resistant to all kinds of stains, dirt, and grime. It’s also nonabsorbent, which makes it resistant to mildew. It admirably withstands heavy foot traffic. In fact, some brands of Smartstrand carpeting are made of recycled materials like corn sugars.
The Bad: Although it is resistant to most stains, oil-based substances can be difficult to remove from Smartstrand carpeting.
Propylene (Olefin) Carpets
The Good: This carpeting is relatively inexpensive, which can benefit your budget. It’s also resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew. These qualities make it very popular among homeowners looking to complete basements and/or indoor-outdoor spaces, sunrooms, or covered porches.
The Bad: Olefin comes with a handful of drawbacks. Over time, it gets crushed and loses its texture. Stains and smudges can be difficult to remove from it. And since it only stays together when made a certain way, there are limited styles to choose from.
The Good: Polyester fits in all sorts of budgets, as it is cheaper than both wool and nylon carpets. Also, since it’s made from materials like recycled water bottles, it is sustainably sourced, highly-durable, and stain-resistant.
The Bad: But polyester doesn’t do well under high foot traffic, as its appearance and texture wear off faster than other types of carpets. Due to this, you’ll have to replace it often to retain your floor’s clean, neat appearance.
The Good: High performance and more affordable than wool, nylon carpeting is durable and stain-resistant. It’s also nonabsorbent, which makes it resistant to mold and mildew.
The Bad: It can still be pretty expensive, as it is a synthetic fiber. It also isn’t the greenest option because it comes from petroleum-based plastic. So, though it is a quality carpet, it will not reduce your carbon footprint.
The Good: Considered the best of the best among carpet fibers, wool has it all. It’s environmentally-friendly, highly durable against foot traffic, and comfortably soft and plush.
The Bad: As with all premium materials, wool has a higher price than most other types of carpeting materials. It is also highly absorbent, which makes it susceptible to mold and mildew.
Smart Choice Cleaning: Thorough Carpet Cleaning Services in Northern Virginia
You may want to mix and match the carpets that you install in your home depending on your needs. For example, some high-traffic areas might have cheaper carpets while your master bedroom or dining area has premium carpeting. But all floors eventually need a good cleaning, and that’s where a professional carpet cleaning service can help. Our team at Smart Choice Cleaning offers both restorative carpet cleanings as well as scheduled maid services, upholstery cleanings, and more for both residences and businesses throughout Northern Virginia.
Contact us at (703) 455-1440 to learn more and schedule an appointment with one of our highly-experienced cleaners today.