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10 Facts about Carpet & Carpet Cleaning

10 Facts about Carpet & Carpet Cleaning

There are many interesting known (perhaps unknown) facts regarding carpet. The list below describes ten:

Vacuuming often and consistently

removes a majority of dry dirt, just over 50%, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) (depending on the type of vacuum). Carpet is the largest filter in your home and needs to be vacuumed and professionally cleaned regularly to maintain its appearance. Failure to vacuum carpet regularly can cause soil buildup, which will damage the carpet fibers, making them look dirty when in fact they are damaged and will not return to their original look or color even after they are cleaned. Dirt in carpet acts like sand paper rubbing against your carpet fibers, with the friction of walking or moving, causing damage (traffic pattern).

Carpet weaving

is believed to have begun with the Nomads weaving animal hair into rugs and has continued throughout history becoming a symbol of status. Carpet weaving is a skill and work of art that is continued today by some cultures (around the world) including Navajo, Persian, Oriental, etc.

Carpet Mills

began in the US in Philadelphia, PA in the late 1700s and today the majority of carpet (85%) is made in Dalton, GA.

Carpet is an Air Filter

Everyone sheds a lot of skin and dander (don't forget to count your pets) and the skin and dander become food for dust mites...Gross! Even worse, most of it falls on your carpet (or on your mattress). Dust mites, pet dander and mold are known allergens.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

It is recommended by most carpet manufacturers as well as the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) that your carpet is professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Some viruses can live longer than four weeks in carpets including the Norovirus (causes stomach flu) and those germs can transfer when touched or if they become airborne, severely discounting the "5-second rule".

What Method of Cleaning is Recommended

It is recommended that hot water extraction (or steam carpet cleaning) is used when possible, as it "removes oils and particulates that accelerate soiling".


Is the study of crops and soils. Some soil particles have a negative charge and just like the opposite poles of a magnet, are naturally attracted to a positive charge. Zerorez New Mexico cleans carpet with Zr Clean™ that is electrically charged and designed to break down dirt and oils on contact, making them easier to remove.

Training for Cleaning Carpet

Technician's can become certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in several cleaning standards including carpet cleaning. Zerorez New Mexico's technicians are certified in several standards.

Carpet Fiber Identification

Professional carpet cleaning technicians need to be VERY knowledgable regarding carpet before they begin cleaning. It is important for them to know how to identify the fiber type and once identified, how to clean it. The vast majority, over 90%, are man-made or synthetic. They are stain resistant and inexpensive. The remaining carpet types are natural and include wool. The natural fibers tend to be dense, wear well, and are expensive.