Do I Need to Clean Stain Resistant Carpet?
Many home owners with stain resistant carpets in their homes often ask if they need to have their carpets professionally cleaned. The term stain resistant could obviously lead someone to believe that your floors need less care as far as carpet cleaning goes and because of this some stain resistant carpet owners will also ask how often they need to have their floors professionally cleaned if at all.
The answer to both of these questions is yes. One of the biggest misconceptions in carpet care is that stain resistant carpet means invincible carpet. The term stain resistant is literally just as it says, resistant, not proof. You wouldn’t go swimming in a water resistant watch and expect it to hold up, instead you would purchase a waterPROOF watch. Another word that is key here is stain. A stain in the carpet world is used to describe an accident or spill that can cause an unsightly discoloration in the fibers if not treated quickly and correctly. Stain does not refer to everyday dirt and debris that accumulates unseen to the naked eye.
Stain resistant carpet is carpet that is treated with a PTFE/Teflon Coating to protect the carpet fibers form absorbing and holding onto stains. With this coating the stain cannot penetrate into the carpet fibers. Truth is stain resistant carpet is made to better handle stains the coating does little for daily dirt buildup. Stain resistant carpet holds on to the same amount of daily buildup as regular untreated carpet in the same conditions. This means that stain resistant carpet needs the same regular cleaning care as any other carpet.
Another myth about stain resistant carpet is that it needs less frequent care and professional cleanings. This is not true. How often your carpet needs professional cleaning depends upon the conditions in your home. It is recommended by the carpet institute and carpet manufactures that you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months in ideal home conditions. The frequency of cleaning changes if you live in an area that is surrounded by nature (i.e. someone with a dirt or gravel driveway is more likely to have more debris tracked into the home), have small children, pets or family members who suffer from ailments such as allergies. Some homes may need cleaning as often as every 4 to 6 months because of a higher amount of debris, traffic, or need for cleanliness.
Home owners with stain resistant carpet do have a great product that allows defense against the craziness of life allowing mishaps to be cleaned quickly and look like they never happened. However stain resistant carpets need the same amount of professional cleanings and over time will need stain guard reapplied.
All Kleen can help you care for your stain resistant carpets and apply new stain guard when needed. Make an appointment online today.