Cleaning Berber Carpet

One of the most important things you can do to keep your berber carpet in the best shape is to vacuum regularly. Since berber carpet is made with a level loop or multi loop construction, you can pretty much treat it like yarn. Once dirt has soiled into the fabric it can get pretty tricky to clean without damaging the carpet. Because of the twisting of the carpet loops, it tends to hold more dirt and soil. I would recommend vacuuming at least once a week.

Berber carpet is generally made out of olefin, nylon, and wool fabrics. Different fibers need different care, of course.

Olefin is one of the most inexpensive fibers that you can find, however, it resists most all stains with the exception of oil based. Your olefin berber is a very good candidate for steam cleaning. Since it is highly resistent to chemicals and moisture, it easily releases dirt and soil from its surface. Olefin also dries very fast because the water does not penetrate. Though not as attractive as wool berber, olefin is low cost and perhaps the easiest berber to clean.

Nylon berber is able to resist stains such as mold or mildew much easier than say a wool carpet. When cleaning a nylon carpet it is best to either dry foam or use a low moisture cleaning method.

Wool berber carpets are very thick and wiry. They tend to pull dirt and soil beneath the carpet pretty quickly. If you see dirt tracks or stains in your wool berber, it is best to act immediately. Use a light sweeping motion to bring it to the top of the carpet where it can be easily swept or vacuumed away. Wool berber does not do well with moisture. This will actually make the stain worse in most cases, since wool does not dry easily. You should use products that are made for wool carpets only, because you don’t want to strip the lanolin in the wool that naturally repels dirt.

Remember as always if you are ever unsure of what to use on your carpet, or if you have massive stain damage it is probably best that you have a proffesional come in and clean for you. You wouldn’t want to risk damaging your beautiful berber. Make sure you read chemicals you are using carefully, make sure they are made to use on the fabric you have intended it for.