Types Of Natural Fiber Carpets You Need To Know
Types Of Natural Fiber Carpets You Need To Know



Every office or commercial business has different needs for maintenance; especially floor maintenance. Floor tile or carpet cleaning is not the same from one area to the next. Different regions have to deal with specific problems. In the southern states sand, mud and pollen wreak havoc on carpet. On the West coast similar challenges exist due to the overall climate conditions. New England has additional condition with which to contend: salt, sand, water, mildew, pollen. The list is never ending.


The best solution for keep the carpet or tile clean is to contract with a professional carpet and floor cleaning company to perform deep cleans a few times per year. Depending upon the volume of traffic, the carpet and other floor surfaces may require more frequent attention. The alternatives can be surprising and quite expensive.


Normal dirt from day to day operations is expected. When sand and salt are thrown into the mix wear and tear on carpets and hard floor surfaces can cause the flooring to degrade very quickly. Salt and sand will act as scouring agents and will dull and etch tiles and hardwood floors. Carpets will be detrimentally affected as well. The sand and salt will sift down into the carpet and dull the color and texture and weaken the fabric.


With regards to tile and hardwood flooring, it is important to regularly maintain the wax finish coat or other type of protective sealant. Sand and other granulated materials can weaken and erode grout joints encouraging the joints to crack and crumble. Carpeting requires regular vacuuming. Surprisingly, vacuum beater bars can actually cause dirt and other contaminants to recede further down into the carpet fibers, which cause the carpet to fray.


Natural fibers that are used in carpets are commonly fabricated from animals, insects and plants. Protein fibers are the term for animal and insect fibers while vegetable fibers are definitely from plants.

Both have the same disadvantages such as they have long drying times when wet cleaned and both materials are very absorbent, which will make them dull and can lead to shrinkage.

Below are various types of natural fibers that are produced by plants, insects and animals:

Silk - silk is naturally strong and non-flammable fiber. This silk fabric or silkworm comes from different types of insects in their larva stage. It has lengths of 300 up to 1600 yards that is being spun to produce cocoons.

Cotton - cotton comes from plants. This vegetable seed fiber has a durable quality being used as yarn in weaving both rugs and carpets. When cotton becomes wet, it becomes stronger. One good thing about cotton is that it can withstand alkaline solutions.

On the other hand, it takes longer time for cotton to dry up when it is wet cleaned due to its very absorbent structure. Cotton gets stained easily and can lead to shrinking and mildew.

Wool - comes from sheep and lambs' fleece. It is considered as one of the best natural fibers for centuries and the most expensive carpet material you can buy. Wool is being imported from countries like Australia, England and New Zealand.

Wool is very flexible as it can be bent up to a hundred thousand times or more without any deformation with its structure. This fiber can also be stretched up to forty percent of its original length making an ideal carpet material.

Rayon - it comes from wood pulp and cotton's cellulosic fibers. Rayon undergoes many chemical treatments to produce a synthetic rayon fiber.

Since rayon has a silk-like appearance, it is often used as area rugs. This fiber cannot be considered as an ideal carpet material because of its pathetic quality.

Sisal - sisal fiber comes from Agave Plant's leaves. It is ideal for making carpets, rope, rugs and sack. It has strong quality yet it is very hard to clean. Like cotton, sisal can also lead to dry rot and shrinkage.

Cellulose fiber - comes from plants and used as backing materials for tufted materials. This fiber is not used as face yarns for carpets.

Jute - this fiber comes from Jute plants found in Pakistan, India and South America. It is not just used, as material for carpets but it can also be good for other usage. It is an inexpensive fiber type and commonly used as backing material for tufted carpets. The bad thing about Jute is that it is weak and easily gets dull in looking.

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