What are Berber Carpets and Process of Cleaning Them
The Berber carpet is a very versatile carpet style and can work with various types of decor. There was a time when it was only used in basement rooms or home offices, but given its popularity is now being used for all areas of the home. Cleaning a Berber carpet is anything but simple, which is why in this blog, you’re going to find out:
- What is a Berber carpet?
- Features of Berber carpets
- Lastly, tips for Berber carpet cleaning
What is a Berber Carpet?
This carpet has its origin from an ethnic group native to North Africa called Berbers. They are popularly known for their hand-woven carpets that come in distinctive and intricate knot patterns.
Features of Berber Carpets
Loops: The most defining feature of the Berber carpet is its construction which is in loops, made from fibres such as nylon, olefin and wool that are sewn into a carpet’s backing. The loops are the reason Berber carpet cleaning is best left to the professionals. In comparison to traditional pile carpets, in Berber carpets, the loops are not cut.
Colour: Another feature of the Berber carpet is that it is usually lighter in colour with flecks of darker colours (usually brown or grey). Although, now modern variants of Berber carpets are even available in solid colours.
Fabric: The highest quality and most expensive Berber carpets are made from materials such as wool and nylon while their counterpart which is the affordable option is made from olefin (polypropylene), polyester or other mixed blends.
Berber Carpet Cleaning- Guide and Tips
Plain water is a good friend to the Berber carpet: To start cleaning the Berber Carpet make sure you blot the area dry first to avoid the stain from getting embedded into the fibres. After this lightly dampen the area with water and dry it again.
Note: Please make sure you do not scrub as this will only damage the material and create a shaggy and fuzzy carpet. Also, to avoid the stain from spreading to other parts of the carpet make sure you blot inwards from the outer part of the stain.
When water isn’t enough, vinegar it away: Sometimes water doesn’t support the Berber carpet as much as it needs to, at this time vinegar can be a great option as it can kill bacteria and also loosen the stain from the carpet.
A little goes a long way: Remember that when using a carpet cleaner for Berber carpet cleaning, a few tablespoons of cleaner is more than enough for a stain that’s medium-sized. Although, do keep in mind that the loops of the Berber carpet can trap liquid thereby increasing the risk of mould growth, so minimizing moisture is crucial.
Stain control: Another thing you can do is sprinkle baking soda on the wet areas, this will freshen up the areas and at the same time absorb the liquid spill/stain and prevent it from seeping into the fibres.
No matter what, vacuum after cleaning the Berber carpet: This is the best way to remove any lingering moisture from the carpet. Ensure that when you use the vacuum cleaner, you do not use it too roughly otherwise you could end up damaging the carpet.
Go the Professional Route by Opting for Wir Reinigen Deinen Teppich in Munich
The Berber carpet cleaning tips we shared above are great for regular spills, but when it comes to stubborn stains or carpets where damage is plenty, a more advanced cleaning technique like steam cleaning or dry cleaning is the way to go!
In steam cleaning, our experts at Munich use hot water to remove any embedded debris in the Berber carpet and with the help of vacuums suck all the moisture out, thus, keeping your carpet free from damage.
Another technique is dry cleaning, as it doesn’t use any moisture at all, which is a great way of cleaning a Berber carpet.
Wrapping it Up
Finally, we’d like to end this blog on a good note and thought we’d save the best tip for last. When it comes to cleaning Berber carpets, they are extremely resistant to most types of stains/spills making it easier to look after them. But the one exception is oil! As Berber carpets absorb oil quickly you need to be particularly cautious when it comes to the contact of your carpet with things like cooked food and bare skin, as these can damage your carpet. But not all is lost, remember with a professional carpet cleaning company like Wir Reinigen Deinen Teppich in Munich, you can make stains/spills or damage on your Berber carpets a thing of the past.
All you need to do is book us, and we’ll do the rest!
Ali February 10, 2021 Carpet Types