Is Stain Guard For You?

Protecting an asset makes good financial sense; however, certain carpet fibers may not need extra protection. For instance, berber carpet and many cut pile carpets are made of synthetic fibers such as polypropylene or polyester. During manufacturing, these fibers have the color pigment added to them when they’re still in liquid form. This results in having the color throughout each fiber. Note: these fibers are oil based so oil based substances can stain these fibers. Believe it or not, black-soled house shoes or flip flops are notorious for transferring their color right to your polyester, olefin or polypropylene carpets. So which carpets should have stain guard, or should they all?

Nylon carpet is synthetic carpet that is more wear resistant than polyester, but has a porous fiber structure that can lead to staining. Most nylons today are classified as 5th generation nylon, which means the nylon has gone through five improvements over the years. Most carpets today are 5th generation as this nylon type was introduced to the market in the mid 1980’s. The 5th generation nylon consists of a special carpet protector that covers the tiny pores where stains can penetrate the fiber. While 4th generation nylon was fairly stain-resistant, the manufacturers needed a new type of protector that would resist synthetic dyes found in drinks such as cool aid. Most carpet cleaners offer carpet stain guard that is suitable to bring your nylon carpet back up to industry standards.

Stain Guard, whether added by the manufacturer or a carpet cleaner, typically only  lasts up to one year in traffic areas and maybe two to three years in areas not in use (corners, under furniture, etc.). Carpet manufacturers recommend having stain guard reapplied to your carpet after each cleaning to protect it from wear, resoiling and staining. Stain Guard works by adding a thin layer of polymer-based coating to your carpet to protect its fibers from soil abrasion and staining. Cotton, wool and other natural fibers can also have protection added to preserve their natural beauty.

Whether all carpet types should have protection reapplied is a question of life style. People with berber or polyester carpet will suffer less synthetic stains as opposed to people with nylon or natural fibers, but will have more oil-based stains because of its composition. We highly recommend stain guard for all carpet and upholstery types as it shields your investment from premature wear and staining.  Whether polyester, wool or nylon, EverClean recommends carpet guard to those who wish to get the most of their carpet investment. Contact EverClean today for more information on protecting your carpet. Tel: 615-379-3278EverClean Carpet Cleaning, Carpet & Rug Cleaners, Nashville, TN