How Stain Resistant is Stain Resistant Carpet?

What is a stain-resistant Carpet?

Stain-resistant carpets are carpets with a chemical outer-coating that changes the carpet’s absorption ability.   This enables the owner to easily wipe away spills, often with just a damp cloth.

Many of us think of a stain-resistant carpet as “unstainable”;   that is, we need never worry about spills or stains appearing on the carpet.   Almost all synthetic carpets and rugs on the market nowadays have some form of stain resistance, but the level of stain resistance depends on the type of carpet, the quality of its coating and its age.

If you’re buying a new carpet in Australia, Stainmaster™ or Mess-Defying™ are two commonly available options worth considering.   For at-home use, we suggest avoiding polypropylene carpet.   Polypropylene is a type of plastic sometimes used for carpet fibres.   It’s often sold as a stain-resistant carpet as it doesn’t absorb dye or acid stains, such as cordial or ink.   From a carpet cleaner’s perspective however, polypropylene attracts oil and oily soils, resulting in unsightly trafficking that is very hard to remove.

If there’s a spill on a stain-resistant carpet, blot the stain ASAP with a clean cloth.   Sponge with warm water to rinse the carpet, then blot again to dry.   Acid- and dye-based stains such as urine and orange juice will penetrate the carpet’s “stain resistant” outer-coating if left untreated.   Make sure you wipe the stains up quickly and check the stain-removal tips on our blog site.

The stain-resistant coating on carpet doesn’t last forever, usually having a maximum life of five years. To keep it protected, once your carpet reaches three or four years of age have a stain-resistant coating re-applied after cleaning.   Electrodry uses E-Gard carpet protector.   E-Gard is guaranteed to repel stains for at least three years and has Healthguard™ built in to remove germs, mould and fungi in the carpet.


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