Most people are not familiar with the classification of carpets. Most know carpets by their place of origin, e.g., Persian, Chinese, or Indian. There are various ways of classifying carpets. You can classify them:
- By their country of origin
- The production technique
- Material/fabric used or the design and style used.
Knowing the classification of carpets is essential as it will guide you through the cleaning procedures. Depending on the type of carpet, you will establish whether it is necessary to call a professional or do it yourself.
The following is a classification of carpets based on the production technique and cleaning advice:
- Knotted Carpets
Welt thread and supplementary welt thread is used in the making of knotted carpets. The thread is attached to a wrap with various knot methods.
Carpets of this type are sturdy and do not get damaged easily during cleaning. Most Oriental rugs fall under this category. Such carpets should be vacuumed regularly and occasionally cleaned by professionals. Clean off stains immediately, and in case you do not know what stain removers to use and consider calling a professional instead of making matters worse.
- Woven Carpets
A loom is used in the weaving of carpets. This technique utilizes many colored yarns to create an exciting and sophisticated design on every single rug. This method of carpet production is, however, inconsistent and at times inaccurate. Thus, a perfectly woven carpet will cost more than other carpet types. It is advisable that you hire professional cleaning services for this type to avoid any possible damage.
- Tufted Carpets
To manufacture a tufted carpet, the tuff is put into a base and bonded together with another support to strengthen its effect. Tufted carpets are preferred for commercial use as they are cheaper as compared to the other types of rugs. You can clean them yourself without any professional help. However, if it is too big to handle by yourself, in that case, you can call a carpet-cleaning professional to chip in a little. Otherwise, do it yourself.
- Needlefelt Carpets
The production of needlefelt carpets involves mixing single fibers with fork and barb needles. This technique produces more reliable and durable rugs. Needle felt carpets are suitable for areas with high traffic. It explains why they are popular in hotels and restaurants. The needlefelt carpets need regular vacuuming to remove all dirt and dust particles accumulated due to the high foot traffic.
Apart from the production techniques, we also have the fabric used in the manufacture. An example is Nylon, which makes durable carpets fit for high traffic areas. Acrylic carpets are suitable for areas that are prone to a lot of dirt. Polyester retains the original color for longer even with regular washing.
It is good that you know for sure what category your carpet falls into before embarking on any cleaning procedures. Certain types of carpets require specific cleaning methods. Do not ignore this fact as you might end up damaging your expensive carpet.