Nylon Carpets: Cleaning, Caring and Tips

Nylon Carpets: Cleaning, Care & Tips

Nylon is one of the most durable and most common carpet fibers found on the market. Originally produced by the DuPont Company in the 1930s, nylon is synthetic polymers with the ability to recapture their form even after being bent, crushed or stretched. This resilience to mashing makes nylon carpet a favored choice for homes, especially for areas that see high traffic. And it’s an ideal carpet for rooms with heavier furniture, such as couches, beds and dressers. Fortunately, cleaning nylon carpet is fairly easy as well.

How to Clean Nylon Carpet

Because of its durability and resilience, nylon carpet does tend to look newer longer than other carpet types. However, like any other flooring material, a clean nylon carpet begins with regular removal of dirt, grit and allergens such as pet hair. The best defense against the daily grime is a vacuum. Vacuum your nylon carpet frequently to remove particulates that can trigger allergies and over time dull the look of the carpet fibers.

Many nylon carpets are treated to be stain resistant. But stains such as coffee, fruit drinks, wine, tomato sauce, chocolate and more can be more difficult to remove. Always clean spills as soon as possible. Never rub the affected area; dab and blot the stain. First use a dry, clean cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible and then blot with another clean cloth dampened with warm water.

Avoid bleach as it can discolor the fibers in the carpeting. Is there a trick for how to clean nylon carpet stains? No trick, just a simple water and soap solution.

Mix 1 quart warm water with 1 to 2 teaspoons of a mild, non-bleach liquid laundry detergent. Blot the spill before applying the water/soap solution with a clean cloth or sponge. If the stain is difficult, allow the water/soap solution to sit on the stain for about 5 to 10 minutes before blotting with a clean cloth that has been dampened with only water. After the stain is removed, allow to dry thoroughly and then vacuum.

Stain Removal Tips

Most water soluble stains respond positively to a water/soap solution. For a stain accompanied by odor, use the water/soap solution and after it dries, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before vacuuming. Another option is to add about 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the water/soap solution. The vinegar acts as an odor remover. However, test an inconspicuous area of carpeting first to assure it won’t lighten the dyes in the fibers.

To remove candle wax or even gun from nylon carpet fibers, simply freeze the affected area with an ice cube. Once frozen, shatter the wax or gum and immediately vacuum to remove. This process may need to be repeated a few times to remove the full stain.

Before using any commercial stain removers on your nylon carpeting, check the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations. When you’re ready for a professional nylon carpet cleaning job, our ServiceMaster Clean® team is there for you. We have more than 50 years experience plus the right equipment and high-quality products that will help refresh your home’s nylon carpet and return it to its original beauty.

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